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Oklahoma Supreme Court broadens scope of state's informed consent law

In the late 1970s, a patient named Norma Jo Scott underwent a hysterectomy performed by Dr. Vance Bradford that resulted in problems with incontinence. She sued Dr. Bradford for failing to disclose the risks and available...more

Do surgeons’ (mis)perceptions of risk play too big a role for patients’ good?

A globally renowned seismologist, weary of recent scaremongering reports that a major fault in California was “locked, loaded, and ready to roll,” offered a pointed scientific evaluation of risk: “You’re about as likely to be...more

Safety Troubles in Hospital Compounding Pharmacies

We wrote yesterday about contamination at the pharmacy of the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda. Other big hospitals, judging by media reports, also may need to look at their pharmacy operations, especially when they compound...more

NIH takes stronger steps to improve patient safety at Bethesda Clinical Center

Federal officials have decided to sweep out the executive ranks at the flagship hospital of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, this after a blue-chip investigating committee rebuked the institution and declared...more

Congress acts on opioid drug epidemic as judge unseals OxyContin files

Here are some developments worth watching in the nation’s battle against the epidemic of opioid drug misuse that killed 28,000 Americans in 2014 alone...more

Did drug maker fuel abuse by insisting that OxyContin works for 12 hours?

OxyContin in two decades not only has become a highly profitable, exceedingly popular prescription, it also has become one of the nation’s most abused painkillers-for a crucial reason, the Los Angeles Times says. The paper...more

Premises Liability Claim Barred By Professional Negligence Statute of Limitations

In Catherine Flores v. Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, the Supreme Court of California held that a claim for negligence in the maintenance of equipment and care needed to implement the doctor’s order concerning her...more

Medical error ranks as No. 3 killer in U.S., claiming 250,000 lives annually

Medical errors claim the lives of roughly 685 Americans per day- more people than die of respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s. That estimate comes from a team of researchers led by a professor of surgery at...more

As drug prices skyrocket, senators rip an ex-Big Pharma CEO

Prescription drug prices continue to soar, prompting hearings on Capitol Hill, and leading a columnist to suggest nifty ways how Big Pharma could better educate consumers about medications, especially since many seniors may...more

Essure Has Caused 303 Fetal Deaths, Independent Analysis

A gross discrepancy in the number of fetal deaths attributed to the birth control device Essure has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to analyze the data and decide whether to change the way the product is...more

$11 Million Verdict Against Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System Under Appeal

Ethicon Women’s Health & Urology, maker of the Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System, is appealing an $11 million verdict awarded to a South Dakota women injured by the defective mesh implant....more

Maker of dirty medical device hit with $623 million in penalties for kickbacks

Can the sleaze get any worse with the maker of a dirty medical device that investigators say sickened dozens and played a role in killing 21? Sadly, it can. Federal prosecutors say that the maker of a flexible scope used in...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 29, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland 17 February 2016 - Inquest into the death of Rick Dudley Dickinson Mr Dickinson presented to hospital...more

Obamacare in the Courtroom: In the Matter of Double Recovery

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a/k/a Obamacare, was drafted to make health care and health insurance more affordable and more available to more Americans as well as to relieve some of the burden on...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 22, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE: In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland 12 February 2016 - Gobus v State of Queensland (Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 15, 2016

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments JUDGMENTS Western Australia 8 February 2016 - Martin V Minister for Health [2016] WADC 15 Mr Martin...more

Health Alert (Australia) - January 25, 2016

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments Commonwealth. Fair Work Commission 15 January 2016 - Lawrence v Calvary Home Care Services Ltd [2016] FWC 175 This...more

The Supreme Court Narrowly Defines an ERISA Plan’s Right to Subrogation in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of Nat. Elevator...

Most ERISA group health plans have subrogation terms – that is, terms allowing the plan to recover benefits paid to injured participants who later recover a tort settlement for their injuries. These subrogation claims are...more

Bad News for ERISA Plan Reimbursements: Chase The Money Before Settlement Funds Dissipate, Supreme Court Rules

This just in…. A big debate was resolved today by the United States Supreme Court: Can an ERISA plan sue to recover medical expenses paid on the participant’s behalf after the settlement funds have dissipated?...more

Supreme Court Decides Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan, No. 14-723, holding that where an ERISA-plan participant has dissipated a third-party...more

Check--and Double Check--to Avoid Professional Liability in New Jersey

A recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision warns that health-care facilities that fail to do appropriate due diligence before granting privileges to physicians could face potential liability for that failure. In Jarrell v....more

Massachusetts Court: Patients Have Standing to Sue for Data Breach Based on Data Exposure Alone

A Massachusetts Superior Court judge held that a plaintiff has standing to sue for money damages based on the mere exposure of plaintiff’s private information in an alleged data breach. The court concluded that the plaintiff...more

Measuring Medical Expense Damages and the Role of the Collateral Source Rule

Two recent rulings illustrate the widely varying responses courts have taken in confronting an emerging national issue: how to measure damages for past medical expenses when the hospital’s treatment charges, before discounts...more

Equitable in Name Only?: Tracing a Long and Tortured Path

Knowingly spending money that isn’t yours sounds like a no-no, but depending on how the Supreme Court rules in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan (No. 14-723), certain ERISA...more

Health Care: HIPAA Covered Entities - Your Organization’s Liability after a Cyber-Attack (12/15)

It is difficult for companies to manage the rapidly evolving legal landscape of cybersecurity. All companies, no matter the size, are potential targets for a cyber-attack. A common question posed by concerned In-House...more

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