Medicolegal

Protecting against unethical and fraudulent medical billing

Protecting against unethical and fraudulent medical billing

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Physician assistants and nurse practitioners can be held liable for billing fraud on their NPI.

Maryland stent malpractice case settles before doctor testifies

Maryland stent malpractice case settles before doctor testifies

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The lawsuit involving Mark G. Midei, MD, and unnecessary stent procedures for St. Joseph Medical Center patients, has settled after six weeks of trial.

Bill could make Florida toughest state to file malpractice suits

Bill could make Florida toughest state to file malpractice suits

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Senate Bill 1792 would change requirements for expert witnesses, and enable attorneys to question patients' subsequent healthcare providers.

Treat malpractice cases like workman's comp, bill proposes

Treat malpractice cases like workman's comp, bill proposes

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A proposed new bill in Georgia seeks to take medical malpractice cases out of the court system and treat them more like worker's compensation cases.

Both doctors and lawyers support Oregon malpractice bill

Both doctors and lawyers support Oregon malpractice bill

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Senate Bill 438 proposes the state create patient safety commission to discuss and mediate malpractice incidents before cases go to trial.

"Do not 
resuscitate" stops CPR

"Do not 
resuscitate" stops CPR

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An elderly man opted for "no heroics" if things went wrong in surgery, but his family felt differently.

Physician found liable for patient's suicide

Physician found liable for patient's suicide

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A malpractice suit involving a physician who prescribed antidepressants without seeing his patient for years serves as a warning against overmedication.

Is an adulterous affair grounds for malpractice?

Is an adulterous affair grounds for malpractice?

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A New York court ruled in a favor of a patient who sued her physician for medical malpractice after their affair ended.

Dispensing the wrong medication

Dispensing the wrong medication

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An eager, young clinician makes a serious mistake that causes a heart attack.

New Hampshire Supreme Court affirms malpractice screening panels

New Hampshire Supreme Court affirms malpractice screening panels

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Court dismisses concerns that medical malpractice expert panels exert too much pressure on juries.

Pay for performance incentives: Do they reduce mortality?

Pay for performance incentives: Do they reduce mortality?

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Details of the implementation of pay for performance incentive programs and the context in which they are introduced may have an important bearing on their outcome.

Fungal meningitis death toll hits 20

Fungal meningitis death toll hits 20

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Health officials have confirmed the presence of the fungus Exserohilum rostratum in unopened recalled steroid vials from New England Compounding Pharmacy.

Kansas Supreme Court upholds medical malpractice cap

Kansas Supreme Court upholds medical malpractice cap

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The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in favor of reducing the damages awarded to a patient who had the wrong ovary surgically removed from $759,679 to $334,679.

Majority of Americans concerned about medical errors

Majority of Americans concerned about medical errors

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Miscommunication among hospital staff was cited as the top reason why respondents believe most medical mistakes occur.

Massachusetts enacts new malpractice program

Massachusetts enacts new malpractice program

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The program allows clinicians to acknowledge making a mistake without it being used as an admission of liability.

State Supreme Court strikes down Missouri malpractice liability cap

State Supreme Court strikes down Missouri malpractice liability cap

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According to the decision, the cap "infringes on the jury's constitutionally protected purpose of determining the amount of damages sustained by an injured party."

Fire in the operating room

Fire in the operating room

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A lack of communication
 between a surgeon 
and an anesthetist has disastrous consequences.

Consumer Reports issues hospital safety ratings

Consumer Reports issues hospital safety ratings

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Many hospitals scored fewer than 50 points on the 100-point hospital safety scale, which rated facilities based on their performance in six categories.

NH passes malpractice reform bill, despite veto

NH passes malpractice reform bill, despite veto

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The new law incentivizes defendants in medical malpractice cases to make settlement offers early in the litigation process to cut back on the time, expenses and uncertainty associated with malpractice lawsuits.

Pancreatitis leads to foot amputation

Pancreatitis leads to foot amputation

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Was a clinician negligent in the administration of a standard drug used for treating pancreatitis?

NY patient awarded $120 million in malpractice lawsuit

NY patient awarded $120 million in malpractice lawsuit

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A Bronx jury awarded close to $120 million to a woman who suffered brain damage after being treated at three New York area hospitals.

Clinicians win most malpractice suits, but battles are lengthy

Clinicians win most malpractice suits, but battles are lengthy

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Medical malpractice lawsuits can take anywhere between 20 months to 44 months to be resolved, study findings suggest.

A clinician sues after being fired

A clinician sues after being fired

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Accusations of racial discrimination are raised against an ­unsuspecting supervisor.

ED interpreters help reduce medical errors

ED interpreters help reduce medical errors

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Employing professional translators for non-English speaking patients in hospital emergency departments (EDs) reduces miscommunication and errors, study results suggest.

Pennsylvania medical malpractice claims level off

Pennsylvania medical malpractice claims level off

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Consumer rights groups contend that declines reflect a nationwide reduction in malpractice lawsuits, but the Pennsylvania judiciary attributes the changes to two rules implemented in 2003.

Massachusetts' hospitals pilot medical liability initiative

Massachusetts' hospitals pilot medical liability initiative

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Seven healthcare systems in Massachusetts will formally pilot a project that will attempt to resolve medical liability issues without malpractice trials.

Former airman sues U.S. government for medical malpractice

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A former airman who lost his legs due to a botched gallbladder surgery is challenging the Feres Doctrine and suing the U.S. government, the Air Force and the David Grant Medical Center for medical malpractice.

Six states account for 50% of malpractice payouts

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New York state spent the most in malpractice payouts in 2011.

Medical errors psychologically detrimental for clinicians

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Clinicians' ability to provide patient care may be impaired immediately after surgical catastrophes, but few report receiving time off.

Indemnity payments jack up malpractice defense costs

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Malpractice laims in which an indemnity payment was made were associated with higher mean defense costs -- $45,070 vs. $17,130 -- an analysis reveals.

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