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Health Alert (Australia) - Week of August 25, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Reports: Australia. Department of Health & Ageing Media releases - 20 August 2014 - New Centre to Deliver More Health...more

Health Alert (Australia) - July 28, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales (NSW) - 22 July 2014 - Lane v Northern NSW Local Health District (No 3) [2014] NSWCA 233 - This...more

Joint Employment Finding Leads to Unexpected $3 Million Liability in Hospital Malpractice Case

When Washington Hospital obtained an insurance policy in 2003 to cover medical claims arising from acts by its employees, its insurer probably did not consider whether hospital employees included workers supplied by a...more

The 'Inexorable March' Toward Disclosure of Risk Management Materials

A reminder for risk managers at hospitals and other healthcare organizations in Virginia and elsewhere: Plaintiffs’ attorneys can win access to risk management information long considered protected and internal—including...more

Drop-down Menus: The Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records, Part II

In an earlier blog post, I discussed the importance of time stamps and signatures in electronic medical records (EMRs). A potential pitfall in using EMRs is the prevalence of drop-down menus....more

Health Alert (Australia) - 28 April 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Except from Judgments: 24 March 2014 - Tasmanian Board of the Medical Board of Australia v Dr David Edis (Ref No 4/2013) [2014] TASHPT 1 - This was an...more

Illinois Supreme Court Defines "Good Samaritan" in Medical Malpractice Case

Nearly every state has some variation on a "Good Samaritan" law. In Illinois, the statute says that any licensed medical professional "who, in good faith, provides emergency care without fee to a person, shall not, as a...more

Health Care Case Law Update

Health Care Authority for Baptist Health v. Davis, --- So. 3d. ----, 2013 WL 2149493 (Ala. Feb. 28, 2014). - The Supreme Court of Alabama reversed itself on re-hearing of its May 2013 opinion to affirm a judgment for a...more

Washington Supreme Court Limits Attorney-Client Communications with Employed Health Care Practitioners

Last week's decision by the Washington Supreme Court in Youngs v. PeaceHealth has significant implications for health care providers that employ physicians (or other health care practitioners) and the attorneys who represent...more

A Federal Court Holds HIPAA Preempts A Florida Medical Malpractice Pre-Suit Requirement

Judge Hinkle, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, recently held that one of Florida’s pre-suit requirements for pursuing a medical negligence claim under Florida law is contrary to federal law and...more

Florida’s Second District Court Of Appeal Issues Important Decision On Inadmissibility Of Physician Board Certification Exam...

In medical malpractice litigation, the argument has increasingly been made that a physician’s board certification examination results, or more specifically, evidence of a physician’s failure to pass a board certification...more

Court Overturns Presuit Patient Authorization Requirement Under Florida Medical Malpractice Statute

On September 25, 2013, the Northern District Court of Florida, Tallahassee Division, ruled that Florida Statute § 766.1065 violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) by requiring a...more

Florida's New Med-Mal Law Is Pre-Empted By HIPAA And Is Voided By Federal Judge

A new part of Florida's medical malpractice law has been voided by a federal judge on the grounds that it is pre-empted by HIPAA. The law, passed during the 2013 legislative session and effective only on July 1 2013,...more

HIPAA Violation Results in $1.44 Million Jury Verdict Against Walgreens, Pharmacist

Although HIPAA does not create a private cause of action, a recent Indiana Superior Court jury verdict indicates that HIPAA could still play an important role in private causes of action in state court based on negligence and...more

Medical Malpractice Update - Spring 2013

I. 2013 Medical Malpractice Reform Legislation - In less than a month, the way medical malpractice cases are handled in Florida will change significantly....more

Novel “Bad Faith Admission” EMTALA Theory Survives Motion to Dismiss

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently denied Contra Costa Regional Medical Center’s (CCRMC) motion to dismiss regarding an alleged violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act...more

HC58 - Setting down for trial in medical negligence actions

HC58 - Setting down for trial in medical negligence actions Direction pursuant to Order 36 Rule 2 (c) of the Rules of the Superior Courts With effect from this 20th day of November 2012 proceedings in respect of any claim...more

Cintron v. Montefiore Medical Center

State of New York Court of Appeals Denial of Appellant's Leave to Appeal

In this medical malpractice action, defendant-respondent hospital, skillfully represented by Aryeh Klonsky and Esther Widowski of Widowski Law Group LLP, moved for summary judgment to dismiss the patient plaintiff's case. ...more

Torts

UPDATED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 Medical Malpractice – Harmless Error. Question certified: To avoid a new trial in a civil case, does the beneficiary of the error in the trial court have to show on appeal that it is...more

Federal Court Rules that Hospital Settlement Does Not Relieve Medicare of its Payment Obligations

On May 21, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled that a malpractice settlement paid to the family of a deceased Medicare beneficiary did not constitute a “primary plan” for purposes of the...more

What patients can and should expect when pursuing a medical malpractice case.

This article discusses the anatomy of a medical malpractice case in New Jersey from investigation through jury verdict. The New Jersey Court Rules are modeled on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Both of these...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

H.R. 5 - the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act - the Health Care Industry's Latest Attempt to Avoid the Financial...

On Thursday, March 22, 2012, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act, a bill originally introduced by Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA), which if passed into law will cap...more

Illinois Court on Proving Liability for Medical Malpractice

Oftentimes, physicians are employed by more than one medical institution. This can make it difficult establish liability for negligent treatment in medical malpractice cases, since it is sometimes difficult to prove which...more

MIRTA RAMIREZ AS EXECUTRIX OF THE ESTATE OF NARCIZA TORRES V CRUZ ET AL

Decision and Order, Appellate Division, First Department

The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed the grant of summmary judgment by Bronx Supreme Court to our client in a claim involving the faiure to diagnose and treat colon cancer in a then 37...more

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