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Outpatient Care Errors – Why More Must Be Done To Prevent Them

According to a recently published study, over the past decade, there has been a dearth of funding aimed at improving the care patients receive during outpatient visits.  This is especially important, because ambulatory care patient visits outnumber hospital admissions by … Continue reading

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Say It Ain’t So – Another State Legislature To Consider Limiting Emergency Medicine Providers’ Liability

In November 2011, I blogged about the Ohio Legislature’s efforts to limit emergency medicine physicians’ liability for committing medical mistakes.  If passed, Ohio SB 129 would shield doctors, physician extenders (such as physicians’ assistants and nurse practitioners), dentists, optometrists, and … Continue reading

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Rogue Physicians – Healthcare’s Growing Problem

A recent article published in Claims Journal described how “rogue” physicians are becoming an increasing problem.  In the article, Linda E. Jones, a healthcare consultant from Baltimore, Maryland, defined a “rogue” physician as one “who may be having problems not … Continue reading

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Government Inspectors Testify That Nursing Homes Need To Stop Over-Prescribing Antipsychotics

On Wednesday, November 30, 2011, the United States Senate held important hearings on the issue of elderly nursing home residents being improperly prescribed antipsychotics for dementia.  According to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, almost 15% of all … Continue reading

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The Federal Government Needs To Follow Illinois’ Lead, and Make All Physician Background Information Open To The Public

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the federal government temporarily took the National Practitioners Data Bank (“NPDB”) offline in September 2011, and then subsequently placed new rules on how the public can use the information contained on the … Continue reading

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The Libertarian Arguments Against Medical Malpractice Damages Caps

In a November 23, 2011 Huffington Post editorial, Shirley Svorny, a Professor of Economics at California State University – Northridge, provided another reason why the federal government should not impose damages caps in medical malpractice cases.  Professor Svorny concluded that … Continue reading

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How Georgia’s Peer Review Statute Harms The Public

Sunday’s edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution contained a piece about the suicide of a 27 year-old man who had been admitted to a Georgia psychiatric hospital.  The article’s author used that tragic event to illustrate how Georgia’s peer review statute … Continue reading

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Ohio Legislature Considering Bill That Would Severely Limit Medical Malpractice Victims’ Rights

The Ohio Senate is currently considering a bill, which would severely hamper medical malpractice victims’ ability to recover against negligent emergency medicine physicians and other healthcare providers. If passed, Ohio SB 129 would shield doctors, physician extenders (such as physicians’ … Continue reading

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Recent Nursing Home Abuse News From Kentucky And Around The Country

According to a recent report, a nurse at an Illinois nursing home was charged with criminal neglect of an elderly person, after allegedly withholding an 83-year-old resident’s medications. Prosecutors in Madison County, Illinois claim that Trudy Eller, a nurse at … Continue reading

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