Newsletters

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

Vital Signs

Vital Signs is intended to help physicians recognize common causes of malpractice claims by presenting actual case histories of malpractice claims.

Insureds, policyholders, and appointed agents can subscribe to Vital Signs by emailing TreatedFairly@ProAssurance.com. Beginning in 2022, Vital Signs is distributed on a monthly basis.

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Prior to 2020, Vital Signs was a physical publication. Download copies of these issues in the secure services portal.

Vital Signs is not intended to provide legal advice, and no attempt is made to suggest more or less appropriate medical conduct. No reproduction or distribution is permitted without express prior written consent of the Company.

Claims Rx

Claims Rx is published monthly. Issues feature claims-based learning and risk management advice to improve patient safety and decrease your risk of a claim. Typically each Claims Rx provides an opportunity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. After reading an issue, complete the posttest and evaluation to receive your CME certificate.

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Medical Risk Resource Advisor

Medical Risk Resource Advisor (MRRA) provides news for physicians on timely risk management topics.

Spring 2021 MRRA

Cures Act: The Effect on Health IT

Edition: Spring 2021
Author: Alex Ealy, JD, Senior Risk Resource Advisor

The 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act gave patients a right to view and request corrections to their medical records. In the intervening years, the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHR), patient portals, and smartphone applications have led to an increase in patients accessing their medical records electronically. The digital evolution of the medical record has prompted a number of healthcare professionals and patient safety advocates to promote quicker access to information stored in the EHR.

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), passed by the U.S. Congress in 2015, provides new regulation on a variety of healthcare concerns including funding, research, access to new and experimental drugs, telehealth, and interoperability of health information technology (health IT). Authors of the Cures Act introduced a new phrase to the health care community related to the interoperability of health information technology: “information blocking.”

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Key Considerations

Key Considerations provides news specific to healthcare organizations.

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Patient Falls: The Liability Landscape and Best Practices

Edition: Fall 2021
Authors: Bradley E. Byrne Esq.

An online search for the phrase “slip and fall” returns a never-ending wave of advertisements for personal injury lawyers, premises liability insurance products, and risk management services. Absent from this deluge of results is any mention of medical malpractice. Ostensibly, this makes sense. Premises liability and medical malpractice are two separate and distinct categories of negligence. 

However, when a patient falls in a healthcare facility or shortly after receiving treatment, the once bright line of demarcation between a premises liability claim and a medical malpractice claim can blur. Understanding the difference between these theories of liability and the obligations associated with each is crucial to protecting patients from injury and shielding providers from liability. Given the significant increase (estimated to be 46 percent per 1,000 patient-days) in the number of patient falls over the last half-century, this topic deserves renewed attention.

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Comment

Comment newsletter presents state-by-state and regional medical liability news and issues.

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