News & Insights


10
Oct

LAMMICO is proud to provide MOC-approved CME and CNE for this year’s DEM conference in New Orleans.

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03
Oct

Is a staff member’s use of a patient’s full name in the waiting room considered a HIPAA violation?

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28
Sep

The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) have issued congruent rules governing physician...

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28
Sep

To address this growing and often unrecognized issue of nursing burnout, LAMMICO has developed a continuing education program designed specifically fo...

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28
Sep

The ADA compels healthcare providers to accommodate patients with disabilities, including allowing some types of animals in the treatment room.

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28
Sep

The applicable laws relating to audio-visual recording in a healthcare setting are frequently misunderstood.

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28
Sep

LAMMICO insures hospitals, facilities, physicians and mid-level providers – giving you the benefit of working with a single carrier to effectively cov...

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20
Sep

Eligible clinicians and groups are strongly encouraged to check and/or re-check their 2017 MIPS Performance scores for accuracy and updates.

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05
Sep

There are still a lot of pieces that need to fall in place before a Louisiana patient can walk into a medical office and ask for marijuana.

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22
Aug

Organizations should consider whether their process for disposing of electronic devices and media does so in a secure manner.

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13
Aug

One of the most talked about recommendations of the 2019 QPP Proposed Rule is the proposed changes to the current Evaluation and Management (E&M) code...

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08
Aug

Eligible clinicians can submit an Exception Application for the 25 points from the Promoting Interoperability category to be re-allocated to the Quali...

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08
Aug

One effective but underused technological shield healthcare providers can wield against modern-day security attacks is encryption: usually free, readi...

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20
Jul

What should you do if a federal investigative agent shows up at the door of the company that you work for?

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20
Jul

There are many things that healthcare providers or their office staff do that could potentially result in a False Claims audit or investigation.

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20
Jul

Effective August 1, 2018, Louisiana will have a new and expanded definition of personal private information.

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20
Jul

LAMMICO Practice Solutions will host a webinar on the Quality Payment Program on Wed., Sept. 12, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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19
Jul

Providers are encouraged to submit their comments and suggestions on the QPP Year 3 Proposed Final Rule before September 10, 2018.

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18
Jul

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its proposed policies for Year 3 (2019) of the Quality Payment Program.

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11
Jul

The LSBME and the LSBN have issued congruent rules governing physician collaboration with APRNs required to have a collaborative practice agreement.

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03
Jul

A.M. Best recently awarded LAMMICO an “A” (Excellent) rating for 2017.

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22
Jun

Log in as a Member at LAMMICO.com to access Practice Solutions’ newest resources on HIPAA.

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20
Jun

Regardless of where you are in the MIPS reporting process, we’ve highlighted a few key items to be aware of as you look to the second half of 2018.

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06
Jun

LAMMICO reminds policyholders of resources available to help you prepare in the event of a weather emergency to limit disruption to your practice.

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30
May

Breaches are not always accidents. Current and former healthcare employees are the biggest threats to patient HIPAA privacy.

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16
May

If you don’t check federal and state exclusion lists, you may not be able to keep the payment checks!

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15
May

The waiver of coinsurance and deductibles owed by patients treated by physicians and other health care providers has come under increased scrutiny rec...

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15
May

The opioid overdose crisis has brought significant regulatory changes to how, when, and why prescribers may order controlled pain medication.

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15
May

Three MIPS performance categories have measures and activities that directly relate to the prescribing and management of opioids in a physician practi...

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15
May

Congratulations to the recipient of the 3rd Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award & Grant: Specialists Hospital Shreveport.

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15
May

Elatas Risk Partners is dedicated to helping your business succeed by tailoring insurance portfolios to fulfill your unique needs.

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15
May

After more than 20 years with LAMMICO, Thomas H. Grimstad, M.D., has announced his retirement as President and CEO effective March 1, 2019.

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09
May

Thomas H. Grimstad, M.D., has announced his retirement as LAMMICO President and CEO effective March 1, 2019.

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02
May

Several federal and state laws govern how practices and hospitals should treat patients with hearing difficulties or who do not speak English.

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30
Apr

Providers must check the federal and state exclusion databases for all employees, owners, managers and providers in their practices to avoid monetary...

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25
Apr

LAMMICO offers guidance to our insureds facing a claim through our Litigation Stress Management Seminar.

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10
Apr

Congratulations to the recipient of the 3rd Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award & Grant: Specialists Hospital Shreveport.

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09
Apr

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights is offering FREE live HIPAA training focused on the needs of small-practice h...

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09
Apr

Utilize LAMMICO's online Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) courses and earn 5% off your hospital base premium.

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09
Apr

Congratulations to the recipient of the 3rd Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award & Grant: Specialists Hospital Shreveport.

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09
Apr

LAMMICO is linking the 2018-2019 Award and Grant Program to its online educational activity entitled “Nurse Well-Being: The Burnout Dilemma.”

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09
Apr

Hospitals must work harder than ever to track the influx of medical device communications and recalls.

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09
Apr

To reduce falls, every hospital employee should be on the lookout for the conditions that cause them.

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04
Apr

Elatas Risk Partners is dedicated to helping your business succeed by tailoring insurance portfolios to fulfill your unique needs.

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28
Mar

We summarize the regulations and requirements for QPP in 2018 so you can avoid a 5% Medicare penalty in 2020.

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28
Mar

We highlight some of the situations involving claims that fall outside of the Louisiana medical malpractice damages cap.

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21
Mar

Learn strategies to avoid burnout at LAMMICO's brand new live lecture series.

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16
Mar

We summarize the regulations and requirements for QPP in 2018 so you can avoid a 5% Medicare penalty in 2020.

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14
Mar

The experts at Johnson Lambert LLP offer insights on how the new tax plan impacts healthcare providers.

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07
Mar

LAMMICO has developed a three-hour controlled substance course to meet the new Louisiana state requirements.

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01
Mar

Give your opinion to CMS and get full Improvement Activity credit for 2018!

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28
Feb

OCR has provided examples of activities to reduce the chances of being a victim of cyber extortion.

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16
Feb

Healthcare providers should ensure that their system and business processes are ready to accept the new Medicare cards by April 2018.

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16
Feb

Many physicians are faced with requests from their minor, yet maturing patients, that their health information not be disclosed to their parents.

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16
Feb

As we learned in Year 1 of the Quality Payment Program, reading the MACRA legislation can be cumbersome, but reporting to CMS to avoid a penalty is no...

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16
Feb

LAMMICO is developing a three-hour CME course directed specifically to the new Louisiana state requirements for prescribers of controlled substances.

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16
Feb

It is with heavy hearts that we learned of the passing of former LAMMICO President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert L. di Benedetto, M.D., on Octob...

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14
Feb

If you're an eligible clinician who submitted 2017 Quality performance data for MIPS via claims, you'll now be able to view your performance scores th...

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14
Feb

A new law, the 21st Century Cures Act, may be the start of stomping out the fax machine in medicine.

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14
Feb

We summarize the regulations and requirements for QPP in 2018 so you can avoid a 5% Medicare penalty in 2020.

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07
Feb

Healthcare providers have until March 1, 2018 to report a 2017 HIPAA breach regarding 500 or fewer individuals to the OCR.

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01
Feb

LAMMICO is hosting a series of educational half-day seminars for medical office staff titled “Current Trends in the Physician Practice,” beginning on...

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24
Jan

DCFS adopted an Emergency Rule relative to Physician Notification, which shall be effective on January 28, 2018.

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19
Jan

We will summarize the regulations and requirements for QPP in 2018 so that you can AVOID a 5% Medicare penalty in 2020.

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17
Jan

Beginning in April 2018, Medicare cards using the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier number will be distributed to replace cards using the social-sec...

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12
Jan

We offer insights on 2017 QPP exemption and attestation.

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10
Jan

CMS recently issued guidance distinguishing texting patient information from texting patient orders.

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03
Jan

We offer insights into the Medical Review Panel process in Louisiana.

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27
Dec

The Office for Civil Rights offers tips to prevent unauthorized access to PHI by former workplace members.

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20
Dec

Providers in some Louisiana parishes are exempt from 2017 MIPS reporting due to Tropical Storm Harvey.

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20
Dec

Wishing you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday season!

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18
Dec

Here are a few things for your medical practice to keep in mind as 2017 winds down.

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13
Dec

On December 6, 2017, the LAMMICO Board of Directors declared a 4% dividend, marking the 11th consecutive dividend since 2008.

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11
Dec

Eligible clinicians who have a significant EHR-related hardship, or lack an EHR system entirely, can apply for an exemption for the 2017 QPP transitio...

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06
Dec

CMS considers the 2018 to be another transition year allowing providers additional time to get ready for full QPP implementation in 2019.

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04
Dec

CMS considers the 2018 performance year to be another transition year allowing providers additional time to get ready for full QPP implementation in 2...

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29
Nov

OCR recently issued guidance focused on protecting PHI when using mobile devices like smart phones and tablets.

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28
Nov

The opioid overdose crisis is reverberating into a significant threat to hospital employees and first responders.

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28
Nov

The OCR recently clarified an important aspect of patient privacy providing insight into healthcare’s cloud-based future.

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28
Nov

When a patient does not have an advanced medical directive and is unable to consent to treatment, who should decide what the patient wants?

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28
Nov

The Joint Commission recently recommended several actions to improve communication at handoff.

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28
Nov

Several states, including Louisiana, have taken steps to reduce excess opioid prescribing and shrink the pool of unused drugs.

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27
Nov

We've created a downloadable reference sheet of key indicators that can help you identify opportunities for improvements that may lead to a more consi...

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15
Nov

LAMMICO recently awarded medical school scholarships to this past year’s incoming freshman classes.

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13
Nov

Registering for and monitoring the Louisiana Prescription Drug Monitoring Program can help both Quality Payment Program performance (avoiding a Medica...

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08
Nov

The HHS Office for Civil Rights recently issued the following guidance on how HIPAA allows information sharing to address the opioid crisis.

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01
Nov

Sections of Practice Solutions have been optimized with new tools to reduce malpractice risk and help make the business of medicine more manageable.

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27
Oct

So, if a baby kangaroo hops into your medical practice, what can you do? What must you do?

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27
Oct

A simple way to counter negative thinking and anxiety is by keeping a gratitude journal.

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27
Oct

Several states, including Louisiana, have taken steps to reduce excess opioid prescribing and shrink the pool of unused drugs.

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27
Oct

LAMMICO has launched a completely redesigned learning management system through our subsidiary, Medical Interactive Community (MI).

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25
Oct

OCR recently announced the updated version of their rebranded HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool.

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23
Oct

You do not have to accept virtual credit cards as payment in your practice!

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18
Oct

LAMMICO and Medical Interactive Community recently received Accreditation with Distinction as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the Americ...

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11
Oct

OCR has clarified what conditions must be met to allow patient information to be shared with family, friends and the media.

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02
Oct

An optimized Medical Interactive Community learning management system means more transformative eLearning for LAMMICO policyholders.

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02
Oct

Report 1 measure, on 1 patient, 1 time and you can AVOID THE 4% CMS PENALTY!

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27
Sep

The establishment of a legal entity for your practice does not automatically protect you from personal liability.

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27
Sep

LAMMICO is proud to announce the appointment of its Chief Financial Officer, Thomas L. McCormick, CPA, to the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association...

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20
Sep

A recent $1.3 million settlement demonstrates how problematic practices can significantly compound penalties in psychiatric emergency cases.

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18
Sep

Providers only need to report on ONE performance category to avoid a CMS penalty this year!

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13
Sep

LAMMICO.com will experience a scheduled outage from 1 p.m. on Friday, September 29 to 8 a.m. on Monday, October 2.

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07
Sep

There is still time for MIPS Eligible Clinicians to avoid a CMS penalty in 2019.

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06
Sep

HHS waives certain HIPAA privacy rule provisions for Texas and Louisiana hospitals affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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30
Aug

LAMMICO presents a brief whitepaper highlighting trends and insights from over 900 cyber-related claims closed by NAS in 2016.

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23
Aug

LAMMICO-insured physicians are eligible to acquire IDI coverage through LAMMICO’s subsidiary agency, Elatas Risk Partners.

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17
Aug

In the United States, four percent of the population is deaf, and they go to hospitals that may not understand them.

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17
Aug

Now entering its third year, LAMMICO’s Patient Safety Award and Grant program is increasing the monetary award to a $10,000 grant for the winning hosp...

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17
Aug

Physicians show the symptoms of burnout, but health systems foster the problem because of the way they operate.

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17
Aug

LAMMICO is expanding our catalog of digital resources to help to help practices, including those owned by our hospital insureds.

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09
Aug

LAMMICO is proud to provide CME for this year’s SIDM Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference.

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02
Aug

Practice Solutions is a one-stop collection of resources and services to help mitigate the risk of a malpractice claim and help make the business of m...

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27
Jul

In the event of a hurricane, we are confident in the strength of our business continuity efforts to ensure that we can continue to serve you with mini...

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27
Jul

A.M. Best, recently awarded LAMMICO an “A” (Excellent) rating for 2016.

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27
Jul

This brief exercise can help gauge whether or not your stress levels are increasing to help you prevent burnout.

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27
Jul

There are many constructive alternatives that medical professionals can apply to ill-fated relationships with their patients.

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27
Jul

To the criminally-minded, Protected Health Information (PHI) can be as precious as jewels.

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27
Jul

In spite of undeniable clinical evidence, 90% of modern pediatricians encounter parents who hesitate to vaccinate their children.

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27
Jul

Practice Solutions is a one-stop resource to help LAMMICO policyholders with the daily challenges of managing their practice.

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27
Jul

Cast Your Proxy Vote by August 6, 2017!

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27
Jul

Read the full issue of The LINK Vol. 36 No. 3, Q3 2017.

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26
Jul

QPP 2018 is essentially more of the same, but could be even better!

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12
Jul

Take control of your online brand before a negative review.

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05
Jul

Take advantage of resources to protect your practice from ransomware like Petya/NotPetya.

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28
Jun

This report will highlight some of the notable pieces of legislation that were debated this session.

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21
Jun

OCR has developed a checklist and infographic explaining what to do in the event of a cybersecurity event.

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14
Jun

LDH recently issued a statewide standing order regarding the distribution of naloxone, a potentially life-saving opioid antagonist.

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07
Jun

One hospital recently paid more than $387,000 on behalf of one of its affiliate entities after a staff member faxed a patient's sensitive information,...

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31
May

We highlight two case studies regarding credit card payment risks and present practical options for policyholders to take a more proactive stance on c...

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24
May

LAMMICO is proud to announce Jennings American Legion Hospital as the winner of the second annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award and Grant and to announ...

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18
May

HHS has provided access to several resources to guide healthcare providers in the event of a cyber attack.

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17
May

Breach of electronic personal health information of 1,391 patients results in a $2.5 million penalty because CardioNet failed to conduct a sufficient...

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10
May

Novitas Solutions will be mailing MIPS eligibility letters to Medicare Part B providers on behalf of CMS by mid-May.

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09
May

As a mutual company, LAMMICO keeps the best interests of our policyholders at the forefront of all operations. New tools and resources from LAMMICO ar...

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09
May

LAMMICO builds upon our longstanding medical school scholarship program to offer risk management lectures and other educational opportunities for stud...

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09
May

LAMMICO is honored to join the LDH in their efforts to increase healthcare professional awareness of safe, effective ways to improve birth outcomes in...

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09
May

This case study is a legal review of best practices in explaining side effects of treatment - particularly with off-label prescriptions in mind.

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09
May

To address risk and claims in this pediatrics, LAMMICO presents new education approved for CME and MOC credit on MedicalInteractive.com.

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09
May

LAMMICO presents six key considerations for safely obtaining informed consent when prescribing off-label drugs and devices.

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09
May

Most symptoms of burnout result not from treating patients but from dealing with the administrative and bureaucratic aspects of medicine.

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09
May

Read the full issue of The LINK Vol. 36 No. 2, Q2 2017.

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12
Apr

While LAMMICO is here to do the heavy lifting when a policyholder experiences a claim, a basic understanding of the legal defense process is beneficia...

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11
Apr

Local healthcare providers should take note of the $300,000 flu shot case in Philadelphia as it represents a nationwide trend in EEOC cases.

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11
Apr

Research shows that healthcare professionals who learn about and nurture their compassion feel better about themselves and their practice.

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11
Apr

LAMMICO presents a series of activities focused on accurate interpretation of EFM data along with intervention guidelines to respond to specific situa...

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11
Apr

A new CMS rule addresses three key areas that CMS believes are necessary to maintain access to health care services during emergencies.

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11
Apr

LAMMICO reminds policyholders to plan and train for IT downtime in their facility.

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11
Apr

LAMMICO offers hospital and facility insureds online resources as well as the opportunity for an on-site live workshop to help manage the stress of li...

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11
Apr

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2nd Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award & Grant: Jennings American Legion Hospital.

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05
Apr

LAMMICO reminds policyholders to plan and train for IT downtime.

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29
Mar

Hospitals must now alert Medicare patients when they are under observation care in order to get paid.

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22
Mar

LAMMICO shares resources to better protect nursing staff from the negative consequences of lifting patients.

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15
Mar

Should your practice find itself on the receiving end of a negative online review, LAMMICO presents insights into actionable self-defense.

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08
Mar

LAMMICO promotes positive, proactive support for policyholders through our Litigation Stress Management program and "Burnout Busters” articles.

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22
Feb

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued an FAQ document clarifying that the HIPAA Privacy Rule...

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15
Feb

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced the first HIPAA settlement resulting from a hospita...

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08
Feb

A Pennsylvania hospital is feeling some significant financial pain in its bank account after settling a lawsuit over its mandatory flu shot policy.

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07
Feb

On December 7, 2016, the LAMMICO Board of Directors declared a 5% dividend, marking the 10th consecutive dividend since 2008.

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07
Feb

The best way to avoid a “he said/she said” claim is by utilizing good medical documentation of your interactions with patients – so don’t learn this l...

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07
Feb

LAMMICO wants our insureds to know about a unique opportunity to address malpractice litigation head-on before the strain negatively influences other...

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07
Feb

Healthcare providers may not know that they are also required to comply with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – another government agency that regul...

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07
Feb

LAMMICO recently awarded medical school scholarships to this past year’s incoming freshman class.

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07
Feb

Try practicing this brief exercise as you see patients to prevent burnout.

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07
Feb

Access the new fact sheet to gain a better understanding of permitted uses and disclosure of protected health information (PHI) for public health acti...

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07
Feb

CMS made some significant additions and changes to the Medicare Part B program.

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07
Feb

Read the full issue of The LINK Vol. 36 No. 1, Q1 2017.

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01
Feb

The Joint Commission recommends that hospitals and other healthcare organizations prohibit the use of even secured text messaging platforms to transmi...

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18
Jan

LAMMICO has earned the WorldatWork 2017 Seal of Distinction for meeting a defined standard that showcases LAMMICO as a consistent provider of a mutual...

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11
Jan

All eligible providers must attest for Meaningful Use and report on Quality (via PQRS) for 2016 to avoid penalties in 2018!

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04
Jan

The FDA has issued a ruling banning powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon's...

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28
Dec

The LSBME recently issued an advisory opinion on the use of Ketamine stating that it should not be used for depression or other mental disorders, or f...

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14
Dec

Complimentary ANCC-accredited CNE is available to LAMMICO policyholders through our subsidiary, Medical Interactive Community.

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13
Dec

Once you start peeling back the layers to understand the basic provisions of ACA compliance, you will realize that you can address most ‒ if not all ‒...

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13
Dec

How many hackable medical devices are in your hospital? Hacked medical devices that cause patient harm are tough to detect.

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13
Dec

The deadline for the 2017 LAMMICO Patient Safety Award and Grant is fast approaching.

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13
Dec

The presence of VIPs can tempt star-struck healthcare providers to bend the rules, which could result in dysfunction or even be lethal to the patient....

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13
Dec

The Louisiana Supreme Court determined that negligently credentialing a physician is an act that falls outside of the Medical Malpractice Act.

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13
Dec

Physicians, hospital administrators and all healthcare stakeholders should take the time to access and download these two important resources in the e...

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13
Dec

Read the full issue of The Central Line Vol. 6 No. 3, Winter 2016.

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28
Nov

Thomas B. Flynn, M.D. recently concluded his leadership of LAMMICO as he retired from the Risk Management and Patient Safety Committee.

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21
Nov

LAMMICO welcomes Rob W. Eppers, CIC, as the newly elected chair of the LAMMICO Agent Advisory Committee.

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16
Nov

Last week, the PIAA reported that their participating insurance companies' claim data indicates that breast, lung, and colorectal cancers remain among...

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11
Nov

Beginning in January 2017, Medicare providers will be asked to participate in a new Quality Payment Program (QPP) that will affect their reimbursement...

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11
Nov

Beginning with January 1, 2017 renewals, rate changes as approved by our independent actuary and the Louisiana Department of Insurance represent an ov...

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11
Nov

There are certain situations where healthcare-related organizations need ‒ and in some cases ‒ must engage Medical Directors and will need a Medical D...

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11
Nov

To save you from a potential misstep when using a vendor to make copies of medical records, we offer the four most important things to remember.

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11
Nov

LAMMICO policyholders can now access a series of three educational videos on EHRs from Drs. Sittig and Singh.

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11
Nov

LAMMICO recommends physicians, hospital administrators and all healthcare stakeholders take the time to access and download two important resources in...

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11
Nov

Read the full issue of The LINK Vol. 35 No. 4, Q4 2016

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09
Nov

In an effort to curb what many consider to be the worst public health drug crisis in decades, the federal government published national standards for...

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02
Nov

There are a several scenarios where a medical malpractice claim falls outside of the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act.

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26
Oct

LAMMICO Presents On-Demand Education to Help You Earn CME, CNE, MOC and even LAMMICO RM Credit (a 10% discount on your medical malpractice insurance p...

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19
Oct

The current security protocols under version 3.1 of PCI DSS requirements will expire on October 31, 2016. Learn what recommendations are applicable to...

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