Navigation Links
Diagnostic physicians at increased risk for medical malpractice claims due to communication failures
Date:11/1/2011

Because clinical evaluation often depends on diagnostic tests, diagnostic physicians have a responsibility to notify referring clinicians when test results reveal urgent or unexpected findings. According to an article selected as the "CME Activity of the Month" in the most recent edition of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), the rapid growth of diagnostic testing appears to be placing physicians at greater risk for medical malpractice claims for test communication failures.

In their article, Brian D. Gale, MD, MBA, assistant professor of radiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, and colleagues note that during the past decade clinicians have ordered dramatically greater numbers of diagnostic examinations. They also cite a study demonstrating that between 1996 and 2003, malpractice payments related to diagnosis increased by approximately 40 percent.

Contributing factors in malpractice cases associated with communication failures include, for example, failure of physicians and patients to receive results; delays in report findings; and lengthy turnaround time.

Using data from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), the authors found that the total indemnity payout across all medical specialties for U.S. claims related to the three types of communication failures they studied increased from $21.7 million in 1991 to $91 million in 2010. Linear regression analysis of data from 1991 to 2009 indicated that communications related claims payments increased at the national level by an average of $4.67 million annually.

Over the same period, NPDB data showed that communication failure awards accounted for an increasing proportion of total U.S. malpractice awards for all providers. The proportion increased by a factor of 1.7, from 0.93 percent in 1991 to 2.31 percent in 2009.

Dr. Gale and his co-authors write that the advent of semi-automated critical test result management systems may improve notification reliability, improve work flow and patient safety, and, when necessary, provide legal documentation. Dr. Gale recommends that when reportable test results arise, healthcare organizations need clear policies that define the responsibility of reporting and referring providers to ensure patient follow-up.


'/>"/>
Contact: Ron Najman
ron.najman@downstate.edu
718-270-2696
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Princeton investment conference explores revolutionary laser-based medical diagnostics
2. IRB Barcelona spin-off to develop a diagnostic kit and new treatments for metastasis
3. New diagnostic imaging for lung cancer could prevent unnecessary surgery
4. IADR/AADR publish proceedings from the AADR Fall Focused Symposium on Salivary Diagnostics
5. TEMLA shows higher diagnostic yield than EBUS or EUS in largest reported series to date
6. Noninvasive diagnostics may offer alternative to liver biopsy for assessing liver fibrosis
7. AMP releases statement on diagnostics in drug labels
8. Potential diagnostic test for Alzheimers would use cerebrospinal fluid
9. Alzheimers diagnostic guidelines updated for first time in decades
10. A new experimental diagnostic test able to quickly distinguish infection from tuberculosis disease
11. Autism Speaks supports new diagnostic code for individuals with autism with history of wandering
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Bellus Medical, a leader in medical aesthetics, today announced that ... role Dr. Dobke will provide physician oversight for in-house clinical studies and hands-on device ... Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery at UC San Diego Health and is a ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... January 24, 2017 , ... Providing solutions ... new report from the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise ... academics and policy makers identified concrete solutions at the “What’s Next, America?” conference ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... January 24, 2017 , ... The results from the American Cancer Society’s ... news for prostate cancer patients: incidents of cancer is down as is the likelihood ... cancer death rate has dropped from its peak of 215.1 in 1991 to 161.2 ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... ... , ... American Family Care (AFC) has opened a new 4,000+ square foot ... in the area. The Bedford clinic will be the nineteenth location opened by AFC ... Adams and Dr. Kristina Orio. Adams and Orio also independently own and operate AFC ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) , ... January 24, ... ... rating to Premensa, a leading natural supplement for relieving premenstrual syndrome, or ... premenstrual syndrome at some point. These symptoms can include cramps, constipation, irritability, headaches, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/24/2017)... The global  mammography market  is ... by 2025, according to a new report by Grand ... to the rising initiatives by various governments and NGOs ... in breast tissue. Some significant organizations such as the ... are promoting the early diagnosis of mammary gland calcification, ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... FRANCISCO , January 24, 2017 The global  ... USD 239.8 billion by 2025, based on a new report by Grand ... cancer is projected to drive the market over the forecast period. Advancements ... are also estimated to boost growth.  Continue ... ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... -- For today, Stock-Callers.com scans the following Biotechnology ... Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ALDR ), BioDelivery Sciences International ... EGLT ). These equities are part of the ... rd , 2017, with the NYSE Health Care Index dropping ... S&P 500 also were down 0.3% as a group. These ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: