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SAFER Guides for EHR Self Assessment Now Available

Earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released nine Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) guides to assist healthcare organizations and providers with assessing and optimizing their use of electronic health records (EHRs). In creating these guides, the ONC used the most current evidence available and field- tested it at a range of healthcare organizations, from small ambulatory practices to large health systems.

HIPAA Compliance Alert! Windows XP Operating System Ended Support April 8th, 2014 Risking Patient Confidentiality

Your Operating System May not Support HIPAA Compliance as of 4/8/14.

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft® ended support for Windows XP. This means that if you use Windows XP you will no longer receive updates to fix security-related and other problems with this version of Windows. 

Why it Matters to Physicians: Potential Liability

NORCAL Group Company Now Offering Medical Professional Liability Coverage in South Carolina

Now Offering Medical Professional Liability Coverage in South Carolina

AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 4, 2014)—The NORCAL Group’s Medicus Insurance Company is now offering medical professional liability insurance coverage to physicians and surgeons in South Carolina.

“We are pleased to offer our comprehensive protection and personal service to the physicians of South Carolina. Our approach to medical professional liability, and treating our policyholders’ needs as our own, is why so many doctors in other states have put their trust in us,” Ron Rumin, senior vice president of business development said.

Tips for Disclosing Unanticipated Outcomes

  1. When there has been an adverse outcome of care, analyze the situation to establish the facts about what happened.

A.M. Best Affirms “A” Rating of the NORCAL Group

A.M. Best Affirms “A” Rating of the NORCAL Group

San Francisco (November 13, 2013) — A.M. Best Company, the world’s oldest insurance rating service, has affirmed an “A” (Excellent) rating for the NORCAL Group of companies, which includes Medicus Insurance Company of Austin, Texas, PMSLIC Insurance Company of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company in San Francisco, California. NORCAL Mutual has held an “A” rating for nearly 30 years.

NORCAL Group Works for You to Protect the Standard of Care

NORCAL Group Works for You to Protect the Standard of Care

San Francisco, CA (July 29, 2013) — Over the past several years, NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company and its coalition partners have advocated for legislation that would maintain the status quo in determining the standard of care in medical liability lawsuits.  We are pleased to report that such language is now included in the bipartisan bill aimed at fixing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system.

Medicare EHR Incentive Program: Penalties and Exceptions

Medicare EHR Incentive Program: Penalties and Exceptions

One of the requirements of Medicare’s Electronic Health Records Incentive Program is that Eligible Professionals (EPs) must demonstrate Meaningful Use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) by 2014 or face Medicare penalties starting in 2015.  

Penalties and Exceptions:

NORCAL Board Director Receives an Emmy

Scott Syphax

NORCAL Board Director Receives an Emmy

Congratulations, Scott C. Syphax

New California Law on Breast Density - Notification and Recommendations

New California Law on Breast Density - Notification and Recommendations

New California Law – Breast Density Notification, Plus Risk Management Recommendations  

The Requirement

If a facility that performs mammograms categorizes a patient as having “heterogeneously dense breasts or extremely dense breasts” (per the American College of Radiology’s Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System – BI-RADS®), then that facility must include the following notice in its summary of the written report to the patient (1)