By Thomas E. Fithian, MD, FAAOS: Patients with common shoulder disorders often assume they’ll require surgery to ease pain and improve stiffness, weakness and range of motion. Yet conservative measures – particularly exercise rehabilitation and physical therapy – often can provide amazing benefits. In many cases of rotator cuff injuries, shoulder instability, and … [Read more...] about The Power of Nonsurgical Approaches for Damaged Shoulders
By Cheryl D. Almirante, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD: Thyroid nodules are extremely common. In fact, by age 60 about half of all people have a thyroid nodule that can be found either through palpation or with imaging. Although the condition is predominately benign, it is important to facilitate necessary assessment of each patient in order to rule out thyroid cancer. Treatment of … [Read more...] about Detecting and Treating Thyroid Nodules
By Jennifer Miles-Thomas, MD, FPMRS: Anyone who watches television has seen an explosion in commercials for medications to treat urinary incontinence. However, therapy options for patients who don’t respond to these drugs remain much less familiar. Multiple types of incontinence affect millions of Americans every year, with a higher prevalence in women. Risk factors for the … [Read more...] about Lesser Known Treatment Options for Urinary Incontinence
By Erica Pero: Under HIPAA and HITECH, when “covered entities” and “business associates” share patient information (PHI), there must be a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) between the two. Think of BAAs like the baton used in a relay race – without it, everyone would be running separate races. Covered Entities are companies that provide healthcare to patients, such as … [Read more...] about Compliance 101: When do you need a Business Associate Agreement?
By Douglas E. Penner: So, you have been served with a lawsuit. You knew medical malpractice lawsuits were possible. You have heard tales about other healthcare providers being sued or seen attorneys advertising about verdicts against health care providers. You knew it could happen to you, but you never thought that it would. You certainly never anticipated such a wide range of … [Read more...] about Preparing for a Lawsuit