Practice Management News

Patients treated by older physicians have higher mortality than those cared for by younger physicians

Patients treated by older physicians have higher mortality than those cared for by younger physicians

Researchers found that patients treated by older physicians had higher 30-day mortality than those cared for by younger physicians, despite similar patient characteristics.

Valvular heart disease: 2017 updated guideline from the AHA/ACC

Valvular heart disease: 2017 updated guideline from the AHA/ACC

The updated guideline includes recent advances in diagnostic imaging and improvements in catheter-based and surgical interventions for patients with valvular heart disease.

First-year residents will be able to work 24-hour shifts

First-year residents will be able to work 24-hour shifts

The ACGME announces that residency programs can increase shift hours for first-year residents from 16 to 24 hours.

Legal Advisor

Lab results never given to a patient

Lab results never given to a patient

An NP does not inform her patient about his lab results, which showed extensive kidney damage. He collapsed 2 months later.

A suspicious mole

A clinician's failure to follow up on a patient's mole results in a delayed diagnosis of cancer.

When a referral goes wrong

A clinician misses a differential diagnosis when she refers a patient to a specialist for rectal bleeding.

Malpractice News

Malpractice News

California penalties on medical errors do not reduce errors

A program in California where hospitals are penalized for preventable medical errors has failed to reduce the number of errors.

New York's proposed "Lavern's Law" halted in state legislature

A law aimed at helping victims of medical malpractice did not pass the New York State Legislature.

Clinician calls for retraction of "flawed" BMJ study of medical errors in the U.S.

A clinician has called for the retraction of a study that identified medical errors as the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States.

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