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.

Medical Risk Resource Advisor

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

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 news for healthcare organizations is published twice annually.

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Cures Act: The Effect on Healthcare Providers

Edition: Summer 2021
Authors: Laurette Salzman and Joanne Simmons

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. Authors of the Cures Act introduced a new phrase to the health care community related to the interoperability of health information technology: “information blocking.”

Read the Cures Act: The Effect on Healthcare Providers article

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

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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