Practice Management News

Mortality rate lower in US patients treated by foreign-educated internists

Mortality rate lower in US patients treated by foreign-educated internists

Researchers observed a somewhat lower mortality among patients treated by international graduates.

Earwax: a clinical practice guideline for management and treatment

Earwax: a clinical practice guideline for management and treatment

The guideline aims to help clinicians identify patients with cerumen impaction who may benefit from intervention.

US spending on health care substantially increases, led by diabetes, ischemic heart disease

US spending on health care substantially increases, led by diabetes, ischemic heart disease

Spending on diabetes, IHD, and lower back and neck pain account for the highest amounts of spending by disease category.

Legal Advisor

The frivolous lawsuit

The frivolous lawsuit

A healthcare provider is sued when a patient is determined to believe that she has more than a sore throat.

A case of misdiagnosed meningitis

A student's headaches, lethargy, vomiting, and photophobia are misdiagnosed as migraine.

Chest pain in a woman

A woman has a myocardial infarction after her chest symptoms are misdiagnosed as acid reflux.

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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