Another Strong Partnership Development: CARE and HealthShare

We are excited to announce our partnership with HealthShare, an association with more than 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry. They provide a proven, non-insurance solution to the high cost of paying for healthcare.

HealthShare is managed by SHMI, Inc., which assists its clients in improving healthcare services and reducing costs. Their mission is to facilitate access to quality healthcare at affordable prices. The HealthShare model is centered on a commitment to healthy living and a cost-sharing model of medical care. Learn more about this model here.

The partnership between CARE and HealthShare serves to benefit our clients, agents, and brokers, as it provides a workable solution for you, your peers, and even your clients if they are looking for affordable, high-quality alternatives to traditional health insurance options.

To see more details about how this program works, please click here. Or complete this form to be contacted by a HealthShare professional.

Additionally, you can Contact us at CARE today. We can show you how this new partnership offers benefits to you and your clients.

Opioids and Liability: Understand Your Risk

Opioids and Liability: Understand Your Risk

Opioid-related overdose deaths have more than tripled in the past 20 years. Even more alarming, the rate of correlated emergency room visits has doubled in just the last five years(1). Many providers are unaware or unsure of their liability when it comes to prescribing opioid painkillers. And even when the limit of your liability seems clear, there is no guarantee that your patients understand that and it definitely doesn’t prevent them from filing a malpractice claim.

Our partner, OmniSure, has a host of resources on their website(2) to help you combat potential liability issues. Some suggestions include:

  • PMP (prescription monitoring program): Participate in your state’s PMP to increase the effectiveness of information sharing among providers, pharmacies, and patients
  • Provider education: Educate yourself and your staff on regulations, drug interactions, and protocols for handling adverse events
  • Evidence-based treatment guidelines: Treatment solutions are constantly evolving, so stay updated on new ideas, statistics, and the latest recommendations
  • Fight the addiction stigma: Ensure that your practice understands the importance of making patients feel comfortable discussing any destructive opioid-related patterns they may develop
  • Patient education: help patients understand the signs and symptoms of addiction, as well as promote the help that is available to them

All of these tools can both improve patient safety and reduce potentially litigious situations for your practice.

Opioids are a necessary component of some patient treatment plans. Discussing all options with your patient is a necessary first step. It’s also important to consider alternative prescribing options, such as writing dispensing orders for fewer days and at lower dosages(3). This puts a system of checks and balances in place to more closely monitor patient behavior and in turn reveals potential addictive behavior earlier.

As a CARE LLC policyholder, you can receive discounted services from OmniSure, which includes access to the RiskFit® Helpline(4). This service provides guidance and assistance when you have questions about patient care, such as opioid prescribing. Contact us at CARE today. We can show you the many benefits of being of CARE client.

Footnotes

  1. https://omnisure.wistia.com/medias/taws05pvwz
  2. https://www.riskfitness.com/opioid-liability-resources?cid=85fab4ed-3196-4e75-8828-a8ba9e4067ad
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/prescribing/prescribing-practices.html
  4. https://www.riskfitness.com/

Partner spotlight: Digital Surgery

Digital Surgery(1) has an award-winning surgical simulation platform, Touch Surgery(2) (free download available on Android and iOS), which provides surgeons with an entire library of surgical workflow simulations at their fingertips. CARE, LLC partnered with Digital Surgery because we strongly believe that this application is improving lives across the globe. The platform allows surgeons to review, test, and practice their skills before ever working on patients. This in turn increases both confidence and skill, which translates into better patient outcomes.

Studies show that confidence and competence(3) grow along the same curve. Training simulations in the library that Digital Surgery has developed aid in increasing this growth curve. Touch Surgery Professional(4), another one of Digital Surgery’s products, is a video-sharing web and mobile-based platform, which enables groups of surgeons to share their techniques within their department and across institutions, along with allowing program directors to more easily assess the performance of their surgical residents. This in turn accelerates development and the adoption of best practices across any given institution.

Many conferences and hands-on training courses use simulation technology to advance surgical training, such as at the University of California San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery(5). Simulation training allows for a multi-faceted approach to learn and to share experiences with peers.

This knowledge sharing is what makes Digital Surgery’s applications so successful. Surgical teams can build their own personalized library to share with their colleagues, which helps to standardize procedures and best practices, and eliminates waste, inefficiency, and ambiguity. Outside of surgical teams, the platform helps bridge the training gap between surgeons and medical device manufacturers, ensuring clinicians and staff are properly trained on the use of new equipment.

For CARE policy holders, this can translate into true savings. This expansive training tool reduces your risk of malpractice litigation. Streamlining and standardizing surgical procedures ensures that there is little room for error, which also mitigates your risk potential. And fewer adverse incidents converts into lower liability premiums. Contact us today for more information about how these tools can benefit you as a CARE client.

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