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Next Accreditation System – Interview with Andy Roth, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Andy Roth, Member of Mintz Levin's Health Law Practice, explains the changes to the ACGME’s accreditation methodology with the adoption of the Next Accreditation System (NAS). ...more

Health Alert (Australia) - September 23 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Reports: ..Australia. Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the boards 16 September 2013 - The national Boards have...more

Case Study in Nevada: The Allegedly Unsafe Medical Provider and ERISA Preemption

In Cervantes v. Health Plan of Nevada, 263 P.3d 261 (Nov. 2011), the plaintiff commenced an action against a managed care organization (MCO) alleging it violated Nevada's quality assurance laws and regulations when MCO...more

Health Law Alert -- A Dentist's Best Answer To An Investigation By The New York State Education Department's Office Of...

As you know, with the exceptions of physicians, attorneys, and a handful of other professions, professional misconduct (the failure of a licensed professional to meet expected standards of practice) of all other professions,...more

New York’s Medicaid Redesign Plan -- The Neurologically Impaired Infant’s Fund: True Relief or Looming Disaster?

The true cornerstone of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team is the creation of a new fund designed to pay particular (and limited) medical expenses for neurologically damaged infants. The proposal was introduced by the...more

President Obama and Medical Malpractice Reform

Last month, in a move that many trial attorneys believe will reduce the quality of patient care, President Obama submitted a budget that calls for a major revamping of medical malpractice laws. As explained in this NPR...more

CORRIDORS - News for North Carolina Hospitals - Spring 2011

In this issue: Value-Based Reimbursement: CMS Ups the Ante for Hospitals with Proposed Rulemaking; Summary of North Carolina Senate Bill 33's Medical Malpractice Reform; ICE Targets Large Employers - How to Be Prepared; You...more

Maryland Bar Association Health Care Section: Developments in Informed Consent

INFORMED CONSENT: ORIGINS of INFORMED CONSENT The Common Law: - Civil and Criminal Battery Since all established English law as it existed in 1776 was incorporated into Maryland law, it has been a tort for a doctor...more

Physicians Wouldn’t Order Fewer Tests Under Malpractice Reform, Study Finds

One of the main arguments made by proponents of malpractice reform is that physicians would order fewer medical tests if patients could receive only a limited amount of money in a potential lawsuit. But that assumption may...more

Couple Challenges West Virginia Malpractice Award Caps

A West Virginia couple who had been awarded more than $1.5 million in damages in a medical malpractice case only to have the award cut by two-thirds is challenging the state law that caps medical malpractice payouts to...more

State Licensing Boards Fail to Protect the Public from Dangerous Health Care Providers

Without a license to practice medicine or surgery or nursing or whatever, no health care practitioner can touch a patient. So the state licensing boards that issue -- and are authorized by law to take away -- licenses are...more

Texas Tort “Reform” Immunizes ER Docs Against Most Malpractice Claims

Patients in Texas whose health has been ruined by incompetent decisions by ER physicians are having a hard time finding malpractice attorneys to represent them, even when the lawyers admit they have a great case. The reason:...more

Error Rates in Medicine Continue High, but Lawsuits Are Down

The Center for Justice & Democracy has a new fact sheet on recently published studies on medical malpractice, hospital errors and preventable injuries. The depressing findings... Please see full article below for more...more

Virginia Cap on Malpractice Awards to Increase Starting in 2012

The cap on awards for malpractice lawsuits in Virginia will go up $50,000 a year for the next 20 years, following a recent compromise between trial lawyers and physicians in the Commonwealth. Incremental increases to the...more

Malpractice Reform Is No ‘Silver Bullet’ For Skyrocketing Healthcare Spending

Healthwatch, the healthcare blog of The Hill’s Web site, ran an article this week quoting a local North Texas politician. Representative Michael Burgess is the chairman of the Republican Congressional Healthcare Caucus, and...more

Texas Nurses Vindicated in Fight for Patient Safety – Almost

Two nurses who were fired from their hospital for alerting state authorities to a dangerous doctor have now been fully vindicated -- except for one thing. The nurses won a $750,000 settlement of their lawsuit against the...more

Easily Mixed-Up Medication Tubes Cause Patient Deaths and Injuries

For years, patient safety experts have known that medical devices, like tubes that deliver food and drugs to hospitalized patients, need to be designed so that predictable mix-ups don't hurt patients. If a tube is safe if it...more

Radiation Overdoses and Regulatory Ineptness

When is a radiation overdose not an overdose? When the facility giving the CT scans says so. At least that's what the Food and Drug Administration concluded when it dropped a safety investigation of the Huntsville, Alabama...more

Legal and Practical Strategies

A Legal Perspective Legal issues to be Addressed and Revolved: • Compliance with Joint Commission and Bylaw Standards • State Reporting Obligations • National Practitioner Data Bank Reporting Obligations • Negligent...more

American Health Lawyers Association: 2010 Annual Meeting & In-House Counsel Program: Managing & Moderating the Disruptive...

In This Presentation: A Legal Perspective: Legal issues to be Addressed and Revolved • Compliance with Joint Commission and Bylaw Standards • State Reporting Obligations • National Practitioner Data Bank Reporting...more

Grants Aim to Reduce Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

The Wall Street Journal reports that the federal government is ready to begin $25 million in grants, as promised by President Obama, that seek to reduce medical malpractice claims by a variety of methods. Please see full...more

The Facts about Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform

It's helpful to look at the actual facts, not supposition, about so-called "tort reform" and medical malpractice, because so many medical leaders persist in arguing that curbing victims' rights to accountability for medical...more

What Crisis? 2010 Maryland Med Mal Carrier Reduces Premiums 31%

The following was authored by past President of the Maryland Association for Justice, Wayne Willoughby. It sets forth the plain facts behind the alleged 2004 "medical malpractice insurance crisis" in Maryland and the hard...more

FDA Has New Initiative on Excessive Radiation to Patients

The scandal about injuries to cancer patients from malpractice in radiation therapy has had one beneficial side effect: the Food and Drug Administration is gaining urgency and attention for its new initiative to reduce...more

98,000 Preventable Patient Deaths: 9 Patient Safety Solutions

"No adverse event should ever occur anywhere in the world if the knowledge exists to prevent it from happening." That is a direct quote from the Joint Commission, a national organization that accredits more than 16,000 health...more

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