September 27, 2022

New Issue of “The Scope: Medical Edition” Features Guidance on Treating Difficult Patients, Reducing Risk and Improving Safety

The newest issue of The Scope: Medical Edition, MLMIC’s risk management publication, is now available online and offers the latest health, legal, risk management and insurance information.

June 28, 2022

Case Study: The Legal Pitfalls of Dental Patient Noncompliance

A difficult patient with pre-existing periodontal disease and poor oral care habits presented to a MLMIC-insured dentist. The dentist attempted a total mouth restoration, which failed. Missing portions of the patient’s chart and films made this case difficult to defend and the case was ultimately settled for more than $250,000.

May 23, 2022

14 Steps to Mitigate Potential Liability Risks Related to Technology

Using technology in your dental practice can be a great way to increase efficiency in care delivery, improve the patient experience and reduce costs to help maintain your office’s financial stability. But it’s hugely important that dentists ensure efficient and safe technology interoperability to keep patients safe and minimize liability risk. To stay vigilant and mitigate potential liability risks related to technology, read our blog for recommendations.

May 2, 2022

Case Study and Legal Analysis: Adverse Treatment Leads to Settlement

MLMIC attorneys comment on a very complex case involving a MLMIC insured who treated a patient with a history of heroin dependency and poor dentition. The lawsuit was ultimately indefensible due to poor documentation, sloppy recordkeeping and numerous liability issues.

April 18, 2022

Technology Interoperability in Dentistry: How to Ensure Tech Works for You

While patient safety continues to be a primary focus across the healthcare continuum, increased efficiencies in the delivery of healthcare are also necessary to maintain financial stability and continuously improve the patient experience. Technologies like artificial intelligence, 3D printing, robotics, remote monitoring and nanotechnology seem to be constantly implemented or updated. Employing such technologies, and ensuring efficient and safe technology interoperability in dentistry, creates additional risk management considerations for dentists.

January 10, 2022

Case Study: Flood-Damaged Dental Records Force Dentist to Settle

A longtime patient of a MLMIC-insured dentist underwent extensive dental work over a period of seven years. The patient filed a lawsuit shortly after the work was completed, alleging a negligent full-mouth restoration resulting in bone loss, extractions, and the need for re-treatment. The dentist being sued reported to MLMIC that he was unable to produce much of the patient’s record as there had been multiple floods in the building that affected his office dental records.