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Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal Declares Florida’s Non-Economic Damages Caps Unconstitutional in Medical Malpractice...

In another unfortunate blow to Florida’s statutory caps on non-economic damages awards in medical malpractice cases, the state’s Second District Court of Appeal recently became the second of Florida’s five intermediate...more

Awful Missouri Venue/Joinder Ruling Offers Way Out – Take It!

Even after having read it through twice, we find the result in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ S.W.3d ___, 2016 WL 6596091 (Mo. App. Nov. 8, 2016), hard to fathom, and even harder to stomach. For several years after...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh In On the Use of Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

In yet another recent legal development regarding the use of arbitration agreements by nursing home owners and operators in connection with nursing home claims by residents against the nursing home, the United States Supreme...more

South Dakota high court won’t force hospitals to disclose why they let a bad doctor operate on patients’ spines

South Dakotans will need their state lawmakers’ help now to pry open physicians’ iron grip on secret decisions about which doctors get to practice in hospitals and why. That’s because the state’s Supreme Court ruled this...more

Indiana Supreme Court Extends the Stanley Doctrine to State-Sponsored Medical Reimbursements

On October 21, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court weighed-in on a closely watched case that drew much attention from the defense and plaintiff’s bar alike. Approximately one (1) year ago, I reported that the Indiana Court of...more

Federal auditors assail $359 million in Medicare costs for chiropractic care

Federal auditors have found that 80 percent of Medicare spending in a recent year on chiropractic care-some $359 million-was medically unnecessary. The federal insurance program for senior citizens should not have thrown...more

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal Upholds the Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements in Disputes with Nursing Homes...

For the second time in less than a month, a Florida appellate court addressed the issue of arbitration agreements and their enforceability as it relates to disputes residents of nursing homes may have with the nursing home. ...more

Recent Blows to the Use of Forced Arbitration Agreements by Florida Nursing Homes

The Florida Supreme Court and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (“CMS”) recently dealt two blows to the use of arbitration agreements by nursing homes for any disputes they may have with their residents in...more

New CMS Guidance on Abuse of Patient Privacy Rights

Last month, I noted recent media reports raising patient privacy concerns due to health care providers’ use of social media in the workplace [The Potentially Dangerous Intersection of Healthcare and Social Media]. It appears...more

Using the Affordable Care Act in Defense of Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases

Courts across the country are beginning to consider the argument that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) serves as a vehicle to limit a plaintiff’s claim for future medical damages. Plaintiffs often use exaggerated life care plans...more

NCAA Faces New Class-Action Concussion-Related Lawsuits

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) was hit with seven new concussion-related class action lawsuits on August 31, 2016. The new lawsuits increase the total number of lawsuits filed since May 2016 to 22...more

Dismissing Lawsuits Against Owners of New York Nursing Homes

There are many state and federal statutes which provide personal liability against the owners of businesses that are operated through corporate or other legal forms such as Limited Liability Company’s (“LLC’s”). One such...more

CMS Issues Guidance on Privacy Concerns at Nursing Homes

Earlier this month, CMS issued guidance regarding privacy concerns in nursing homes. In a letter entitled “Protecting Resident Privacy and Prohibiting Mental Abuse Related to Photographs and Audio/Video Recordings by Nursing...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Insurer Liable for Medicare Lien Notwithstanding Insurer's Efforts to Satisfy the Lien in Settlement, also...

In a case with far-reaching implications, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion concluding that the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (MSP) permits a private insurance company/PART C Medicare Advantage...more

OIG Examines Adverse Events in Rehab Hospitals

According to a recent HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, about 29% of Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse or temporary harm events during their rehabilitation hospital stay, based on sample of 417...more

Settling Defendants Beware: Eleventh Circuit Holds Settling Insurer Liable for Failure to Protect Medicare Payments Made by...

Congress created an uproar among personal injury tort defendants and their insurers when it passed the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA) less than 10 years ago. The $1,000 per day fine for failure to...more

The Potentially Dangerous Intersection of Healthcare and Social Media

Lately, there have been numerous reports in the media raising patient privacy concerns due to healthcare providers’ use of social media in the workplace. A few examples include...more

Medicare Advantage Organizations May Sue For Double Damages Under MSP Act - Humana Medical Plan, Inc. v. Western Heritage Ins....

On August 8, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided an issue of first impression in the circuit under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act. In sum, the Eleventh Circuit held that a Medicare Advantage Organization...more

Health Alert (Australia) August 8, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland - 28 July 2016 - Beven v Brisbane Youth Service Inc [2016] QSC 163 - The plaintiff, Lindsey Beven, was...more

4th DCA Confirms Florida’s Adoption of the Daubert Standard for Expert Witness Testimony in Florida State Court Applies...

Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal recently was the third District Court of Appeal to rule on a lingering question left in the wake of the adoption of 2013 legislative amendments to the Florida Evidence Code regarding...more

Media gulled by prostate cancer study hyped by Windy City windbags

A well-known research university and some excitable journalists have sown confusion about prostate cancer and the value of the PSA screening test. The mess can be traced to a study by physicians from Northwestern University...more

Healthcare Lessons Learned From Reality TV

On March 31, 2016, a New York court determined that a lawsuit may proceed against a physician and hospital for breach of physician-patient confidentiality arising from a documentary series about medical trauma, NY Med. The...more

West Virginia Supreme Court- Medical Power of Attorney Does Not Have Power to Make Binding Legal Decisions for Incapacitated...

In May, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued a decision in the Wanda Williams v. CMO Management, LLC case. Robert Thompson suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and resided at a nursing facility preceding his...more

Personal Care Home Had No Duty to Restrict Resident’s Movements

Several days ago, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a non-precedential decision in the case of Hackenburg v. Grane Healthcare Co. In this matter, a resident of a personal care home (Amber Terrace) was struck and killed...more

Medical Litigation Newsletter - Spring 2016

Reducing Monetary Recovery in “Lost Chance Of [Medical] Recovery” Cases - In medical malpractice cases involving solely “iatrogenic” loss (e.g., harm of or relating to medical treatment), plaintiff bears the burden of...more

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