ProAssurance's informative newsletters offer a risk management perspective on topics of interest to physicians, hospitals and healthcare facilities, practice administrators, and office staff.

Medical Risk Resource Advisor

Medical Risk Resource Advisor (MRRA) news for physicians is published twice annually.

Summer 2020 MRRA

Controlled Substances and Your Practice

Edition: Summer 2020
Author: William Ashley, JD, Senior Risk Resource Advisor

The opioid crisis continues to grip American communities of all sizes. Licensing bodies and public health agencies spend much energy trying to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions clinicians write and encourage greater responsibility in controlled substance prescribing practices. This increased public scrutiny has borne results. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledge that in 2018, the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States decreased for the first time in a generation.

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Key Considerations

Key Considerations news for healthcare organizations is published twice annually.

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Aging Physicians and Competency

Edition: Summer 2020
Author: Bradley Byrne, JD, Risk Resource Advisor

While it will take years to ascertain the societal and economic impact of aging baby boomers (individuals born between 1946 and 1964), one fact has crystalized: Americans are working beyond retirement age more than ever before. As of February 2019, more than 20 percent of Americans aged 65 or older were working or looking for work. This level represented a 57-year high. 

This baby-boomer trend carries significant implications in the healthcare sector, where 30.9 percent of active physicians are 60 or older. Research shows that between ages 40 and 75 years, a person’s cognitive ability declines by more than 20 percent. Given the potential impact on patient safety, identifying age-related cognitive deterioration in physicians has become a point of emphasis across the country.

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Vital Signs

Vital Signs newsletter presents actual case histories of malpractice claims to help physicians recognize some of the common causes of malpractice claims. Confidentially published as a service to ProAssurance insureds, Vital Signs is available inside our Secure Services Portal.

Vital Signs case studies are specialty-specific, currently including:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Practice
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics
  • Orthopedics
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Radiology
  • Urology

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Comment newsletter presents state-by-state and regional medical liability news and issues. Confidentially published as a service to ProAssurance insureds, Comment is available inside our Secure Services Portal and on our website.

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