November 30, 2018

There are many areas of the law that have an impact on your plastic surgical practice. Most will include a claim of negligence, which triggers your malpractice insurance. Other claims either strengthen the malpractice claim or add additional claims that may not be cove...

November 28, 2018

The doctrine of informed consent is a necessary part of legal standards of good practice and is essential to good patient care, patient compliance and patient satisfaction. Its also critical to risk management in your practice.

There are two standards that are used to m...

November 26, 2018

A patient’s expectations of their outcome, and any express or implied promise about such outcomes, falls within the field of warranty law. These types of claims involve two specific types of warranty issues: an “express warranty” and an “implied warranty”. Like breache...

November 20, 2018

Patient selection may well be the most important factor in building a practice as doctors market themselves to a particular prospective patient group. Additionally, patient selection is also the most important factor in mitigating your risk of dissatisfied patients and...

November 18, 2018

The aesthetic plastic surgery practice has specific risks inherent to potential legal liability. Managing patient expectations is critical to achieving their desired goals and limiting your risk. A disturbing trend among patients is the lack of patient accountability c...

November 16, 2018

As the market for aesthetic surgery continues to grow and patients generalize their expectations of what plastic surgeons can achieve, the expectations that patients have for reconstructive surgery grows as well. Patients have as many demands and unrealistic expectatio...

November 14, 2018

Just a decade ago, only 15 percent of doctor's offices kept electronic health records (EHR) on their patients. Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the requirements to use and implement electronic health records has made them a part of daily practice.  Tho...

November 12, 2018

There are many regulatory agencies that have a role in overseeing a plastic surgery practice. The HIPAA privacy scheme protects patient privacy and medical information. As a matter of good practice, you should have the patient sign an acknowledgment that they have rece...

November 10, 2018

Fraud is the intent to deceive, and abuse is the intent to confuse. There are multiple ways in which fraud and abuse can impact a plastic surgery practice. Not only can fraud and abuse have a very negative effect on the outcome of a malpractice case, but in many states...