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Physicians Practice App Offers Guidance on Malpractice and Reimbursement

Digital issue for tablets helps physicians protect their practices against legal and financial risk (May 19, 2014)

NORWALK, Conn., May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US today announced that Physicians Practice, the award-winning practice management resource for physicians and medical office staff, released the latest issue of its free tablet application, available from the App Store. This issue includes advice from peers and practice management experts to help physicians reduce risk and improve efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

According to results from UBM Medica's 2013 Great American Physician Survey, sponsored by Kareo, one-third of the respondents have been sued for malpractice, and one-firth have been threatened with a lawsuit. In an effort to help doctors mitigate their risk of being sued, this issue of the Physicians Practice tablet app provides tips on taking a proactive approach to malpractice risk in "Avoiding Common Malpractice Pitfalls." The article is accompanied by pointers to improve patient communication and advice from an insurance expert on the factors driving malpractice suits in 2014.

Also included are results from Physicians Practice's annual Fee Schedule Survey, the only national examination of how much physicians are paid for common services by public and private payers. Other topics featured in the issue include technology mistakes that put practices at risk of HIPAA violations, new opportunities to boost revenue, and a practice "tune-up" filled with tools to improve productivity and patient satisfaction.


"Practices have long faced legal risk from the threat of malpractice suits and HIPAA violations, but recent changes in reimbursement models have added financial risk to their list of worries," said Keith L. Martin, group editorial director at UBM Medica US. "This issue of the app provides our readers with practical pointers to help physicians and their staff identify areas of potential weakness and develop a plan to better protect themselves."

For nearly 25 years, Physicians Practice has provided practical advice on the business of medicine through a variety of mediums including print, digital, and live events. The Physicians Practice tablet app debuted three issues for the iPad in 2013, combining practical advice with interactive features such as podcasts, videos, checklists, and featured articles. In 2014, the second volume of the app will increase to six issues throughout the year. A version for Android tablets will be available soon in the Google Play store. For more information on the iPad version, visit the App Store.

About UBM Medica US
Addressing today's healthcare information needs, UBM Medica US, delivers strategic, integrated communications solutions and comprehensive reach -- online, in print, via custom programs and live events. Improving the effectiveness of healthcare through information and education, UBM Medica US provides unbiased clinical, practical, and business information for physicians, providers and payers resulting in improved quality of care for patients around the world. Through journals, magazines, online communities, live and digital events, and other valuable resources, UBM Medica US also delivers comprehensive communication solutions for the pharmaceutical and related industries. Online communities include CancerNetwork.com, ConsultantLive.com, DiagnosticImaging.com, RheumatologyNetwork.com, OBGYN.net, PhysiciansPractice.com, PsychiatricTimes.com and SearchMedica.com. UBM Medica US is part of UBM Connect which, through a range of aligned interactive environments, both physical and digital increases business effectiveness for both customers and audiences through meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. Headquartered in New York, UBM Connect brings together UBM's healthcare business, UBM Medica US; UBM Canon's advanced design and manufacturing event, online and print brands; UBM Connect New York's catering, cruise shipping, customer management, and fine, specialty and custom chemical communities; and UBM Mexico's concrete show. For more information, visit www.UBMMedicaUS.com.

About UBM plc
UBM plc is a global events-led marketing services and communications company. We help businesses do business, bringing the world's buyers and sellers together at events and online, as well as producing and distributing news and specialist content. Our 5,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into expert teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com; follow us on Twitter at @UBM_plc to get the latest UBM corporate news; follow @UBM for news and updates from across the businesses and selected members of UBM's Twitterati.

Media contact:
Amy Erdman
VP, Marketing
203-523-7041
amy.erdman@ubm.com

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