Practice Management News

Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

It's easy for patients to seek out information that backs up their beliefs and dismiss other sources as "fake news."

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

The transition from the workforce into retirement is always challenging, but for physicians accustomed to working long or odd hours, it can be especially difficult.

Primary Care Consultation Patterns Potential Predictors of Psychosis Diagnosis

Primary Care Consultation Patterns Potential Predictors of Psychosis Diagnosis

Primary care consultation patterns for a prespecified set of symptoms may be used to identify patients who later develop a psychotic illness.

Legal Advisor

Fired for Refusing a Flu Shot

Fired for Refusing a Flu Shot

A nurse practitioner sues her former employer after being fired for refusing to get a flu shot.

Alleged HIPAA Violation or Termination for Taking FMLA?

A court must choose whether to accept a hospital's explanation that a nurse was fired for violating HIPAA or let a jury decide whether the hospital's action was merely a pretext for firing the nurse for taking advantage of FMLA.

Could a Tragic Death Following Hospital Discharge Have Been Avoided?

A recently discharge patient dies in a tragic fire, and the hospital and treating clinicians are subsequently named in a lawsuit.

Malpractice News

Malpractice News

Should a "do not resuscitate" tattoo on an unconscious patient be honored?

A patient presented with COPD, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation and was found to have a large tattoo across his chest reading, "DO NOT RESUSCITATE," followed by his signature.

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.

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