Legal

Cancer Legal Care: What Physicians Should Know

Nobody wants to hear they have cancer — not the teenager who expects to make the varsity softball team as a freshman, the PhD candidate preparing to defend his dissertation, the young physician who lives next door or the grandmother who lives down the street.


MMIC: Providing Vital Support Before, During and After Legal Action

From their innovative Clinician Peer Support program to their partner network of experienced medical malpractice defense attorneys and public relations professionals, MMIC provides comprehensive solutions to individuals and healthcare organizations facing complex legal situations.


Avoiding the Pitfalls in a Physician’s Divorce

Divorce is a painful and emotional process for anyone. Whether it comes as a surprise or is the end result of years of marital unhappiness, a divorce can disrupt not only your personal life but your professional life as well. For the busy physician, the mechanics of the divorce process can wreak havoc on your practice. Suddenly, many important decisions have to be made, and meetings with lawyers, mediators and the court must be fit into an already demanding schedule. Nonetheless, everyone expects you to continue to be the calm, organized physician you have always been. If you find yourself heading toward a divorce, there are several key things that you should be aware of.


An Ongoing Conversation

More than just a signed permission slip, informed consent should open a dialogue between patient and provider.


Substance Abuse Care: From the Clinic to the Courtroom

Physicians, especially those in primary care settings, can play an important role in identifying and treating alcoholism early, before a patient’s health is gravely impacted or the risky behavior associated with alcohol use causes injury or death. However, assessing patients for excessive alcohol use and addressing the problem as part of a primary care visit can be difficult or ineffective.


How an Insurer Becomes an Ally: Professional Liability Insurance with MMIC

When physicians are involved in a medical professional liability claim or lawsuit, MMIC’s multilayered, holistic approach provides extensive support while addressing physicians’ personal and professional needs.


New National Practitioner DataBank Guidebook: Avoiding Reports May Become More Difficult

Previous Legal Ease articles have provided a general overview of the internal peer-review process and the circumstances that could result in a report to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). These reports can be devastating for the affected physician, as they can lead to restriction or denial of privileges that make the transition to other positions extremely difficult.


Whistleblowers, Retaliation and Patient Confidentiality

Federal and state laws require healthcare providers to carefully guard patients’ medical records and private health information (PHI). HIPAA’s Privacy Rule provides that “[t]he patient has the right to confidentiality of his or her medical record.” 42 C.F.R. 482.13(d)(1); see also Minn. Stat. 144.651, subd. 16 (2014) (The Minnesota Patients’ Bill of Rights). When these rights are violated, significant legal issues arise.


Defense against Complaints: All About the Process

Few scenarios are more daunting for physicians as the prospect of responding to a complaint before the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MBMP) or a report to the National Practitioner Databank (NPDB).


Ensuring Due Process during Peer Review

Facing a peer-review process in which alleged clinical incompetence or serious behavior concerns are at issue can be terrifying for physicians. Careers can be truly threatened, as this process can result in a report to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)1 under the requirements of the Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA).2