Practice Management News

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.

Life expectancy for some may exceed 90 years by 2030

Life expectancy for some may exceed 90 years by 2030

Researchers report that women and men in the United States will have lower life expectancy gains, compared with those in other countries.

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.

Legal Advisor

When a referral goes wrong

When a referral goes wrong

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

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.

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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