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December 2014 – Law & Medicine adds a new video module, "Avoiding Medication-Related Malpractice." In this video, Dr. Cotton discusses the common causes of medication-related malpractice and offers practical guidance on how to avoid them. He also critiques the prevailing approaches to this problem and demonstrates why most of them are unlikely to be successful.
January 2014 - Law & Medicine adds its second new video module, "Legal Aspects of Pain Management." In this video module, Dr. Cotton reviews the basic medical principles of pain management and then presents a series of actual cases in which physicians encountered legal problems because they did not adhere to these principles.
September 2013 – Law & Medicine adds a new module "Avoiding Delays in Diagnosis" in a totally new format – video. Delay in diagnosis is the most common allegation made against physicians in the course of medical malpractice litigation. In this video presentation, Dr. Cotton discusses common ways in which a delay in diagnosis can arise and offers practical strategies for minimizing the risk of this occurrence.
April 2013 – Dr. Cotton receives honor from the prestigious journal, Annals of Internal Medicine.
December 2012 – Law & Medicine's Monthly Minute has reached 10,000 YouTube views each month. Our Facebook page has exceeded 1,000 likes.
August 2012 - The Physician Insurer (PIAA) magazine publishes Dr. Cotton’s article "The Other Side of Apology". This article evaluates the scientific literature behind disclosing errors, analyzes the situations where it has allegedly been successful, and then examines why more physicians are not implementing this practice.
April 2012 - Dr. Cotton receives honor from the prestigious journal, Annals of Internal Medicine.
March 2012 - We are pleased to announce that Dr. Cotton will be speaking at a series of MAG Mutual Risk Management and Patient Safety Seminars this year. A preliminary list of dates and locations appears below. For further details, please contact MAG Mutual at 1-800-282-4882 x 4.
February 2012 - Tennessee Physicians: The Proper Prescribing module meets the prescribing practices/controlled substances educational requirement (Tennessee Rule 0880-2-19).
February 2012 - Law & Medicine adds a new audio module, “Malpractice Case Discussions III”. This module continues the series of lectures in which Dr. Cotton critiques actual malpractice cases. This module focuses on identifying those patients who are at highest risk of suing us and outlines common mistakes that we make in managing them.
November 2011 – Law & Medicine adds a new audio module, “Navigating the Legal Process”. In this audio presentation, Dr. Cotton walks through a medical malpractice lawsuit and discusses the various ways in which the process can confuse, burden and discourage physicians.
October 2011 – You can find Law & Medicine at Booth #738 during the ASHRM Conference, October 16 – 19, 2011, Phoenix, AZ.
August 2011 – For Texas physicians: The Avoiding Malpractice Lawsuits module has been approved to meet the Medical Ethics/Professional Responsibility requirement.
May 2011 – Law & Medicine adds a new audio module, “Managing Refusals of Care”. This module reviews the situations in which patients have the legal right to refuse care, the types of care that they can refuse, and how clinicians should respond when patients do so.
May 2011 – You can find Law & Medicine at Booth #22 during the 2011 PIAA Medical Liability Conference, May 11 – 14, 2011, Scottsdale, AZ.
April 2011 – New sidebar edition published – “The Doctor Made Me Do It.” Sign up to receive the sidebar, https://www.lawandmed.com/sidebar.php.
March 2011 – Law & Medicine adds a new audio module, “Documentation Dilemmas”. Dr. Cotton discusses a series of common documentation dilemmas and offers practical guidance as to how they should be managed. The scenarios include, curbside consults, telephone calls, radiology reports, and procedures that are compromised by complications.
February 2011 – Law & Medicine adds a new audio module, “Malpractice Case Discussions II”. The second module in a series, Dr. Cotton critiques the clinical and legal events of actual malpractice cases.
February 2011 – Free module added, “Mitigating Risk in Gynecological Care”. In this activity, Dr. Cotton discusses a number of gynecologic case scenarios from a risk management perspective. In each situation, Dr. Cotton explains how we can do what's best for the patient while simultaneously limiting our own risk of a medical-legal problem. The 35 minute audio presentation is accompanied by a series of self-advancing slides. The activity is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Qiagen, Inc. and is provided free of charge to the learner.
January 2011 – Law & Medicine is provided an unrestricted educational grant from QIAGEN, INC. QIAGEN is the leading provider of sample and assay technologies. QIAGEN's assay technologies include one of the broadest panels of molecular diagnostic tests available worldwide. This panel includes the digene HPV Test, which is regarded as a "gold standard" in testing for high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), the primary cause of cervical cancer, as well as a broad suite of solutions for infectious disease testing and companion diagnostics.
October 2010 – Law and Medicine adds a new audio module, “Malpractice Case Discussions”. This module presents actual medical malpractice cases, which Dr. Cotton then analyzes and discusses. Although the cases come from various areas of medicine, the teaching points are applicable to everyone who sees patients.
July 2010 - Law & Medicine is awarded "Accreditation with Commendation" through July 2016, by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Accreditation with Commendation is the ACCME's highest level of recognition and is awarded to CME providers who meet all of the ACCME's standards for excellence in medical education. Nationally, less than 10% of CME providers are awarded Accreditation with Commendation and Law & Medicine is the only provider of medical-legal education to achieve this level of recognition.
June 2010 - Law & Medicine adds a new educational module, "Avoiding Malpractice Lawsuits." In the 50 minute audio module, Dr. Cotton analyses lawsuits from a scientific perspective and discusses practical ways to avoid being sued.
June 2010 -  Watch our new video - Providing Answers to Medical-Legal Dilemmas.
March 2010 - Dr. Cotton would like to invite you to participate in a Malpractice Research Study. Law & Medicine is performing a research study designed to evaluate the degree to which misunderstandings about fundamental medical-legal concepts contribute to the medical malpractice problem.  Participate in our Research Study.
March 2010 - We welcome Julie Horst back to Law and Medicine. Julie has worked in the legal field as well as a speaking engagement liaison with major Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Companies. Julie will now coordinate Dr. Cotton's busy lecture schedule. We are thrilled to have her back on the team.
March 2010 - Law and Medicine would like to introduce the Law and Medicine Research Institute. The Law and Medicine Research Institute is dedicated to the scientific study of the intersection of law and medicine. The Institute contains links to important medical-legal studies, commentary on these studies, information from our own areas of research, and scientific papers that Dr. Cotton has published.
February 2010 - Law and Medicine became a member of Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA) - www.thepiaa.org.
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