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Uncle Sam’s bad reverse: nursing homes returning to forced arbitration

Look out Baby Boomers and Gen Xers: Just when you or your elderly loved ones may be most vulnerable and needing nursing home care, the government is going back to allowing nursing home administrators to push a pile of...more

Ohio sues Big Pharma firms over harms of opioid drug abuse epidemic

With more than 4,000 overdose deaths last year alone and a fifth of its residents having received prescriptions for powerful painkillers, the state of Ohio has sued five Big Pharma companies, accusing them of mispresenting...more

No-Fault vs. health insurance: What’s the better choice for crash victims?

by Michigan Auto Law on

Health insurance is full of landmines for unsuspecting car crash victims, who are subject to ‘auto exclusions,’ coverage limitations, managed care, HMOs and medical pre-approval requirements and ERISA liens....more

Tort Reform Bill to Narrow Definition of Employee in Medical Negligence Actions

by Lathrop Gage on

SB 237 is a bill designed to limit the liability of hospitals and other healthcare providers for the actions or omissions of those who are not within a narrow definition of “employee.” SB 237 is designed as a legislative fix...more

Evidence grows on lack of merit in GOP attack on harmed patients’ legal rights

Doctors should hold the prime role in the nation’s medical policy making, Tom Price, the orthopedist who is the Trump Administration’s top health expert, has insisted. But will the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary...more

GOP campaigning to strip patients of key legal protections

We all know how con artists work the streets. One might bump into you in a train or in a crosswalk, while the other grabs your wallet. Or one might smile and chat with a mom at a playground, while her partner nabs the purse....more

Shouldn’t Congress Try to Save Lives of Americans?

What kills between 250,000 and 440,000 people in the United States each year; 700 deaths per day? What is the third leading cause of death in America? Isn’t it one of the responsibilities of the US Congress to...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

Nevada Expands PI Definition under Data Breach Law

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Becomes the fifth state to amend its data breach statute since January 2015 The definition of “personal information” (“PI”) just got a little bit bigger in the Silver State. On May 13, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed...more

Government Relations And Lobbying Insight: Legislature Opens For Business

by Stinson Leonard Street on

After a dramatic November general election, the Minnesota Legislature convened the 2013 session this week with the DFL party firmly in control of state government for the first time in 22 years....more

Report: Congress Should Focus on Curtailing Medical Errors, Not Patients’ Rights

by Robert Kraft on

According to an update of the National Practitioner Data Bank released recently, fewer medical malpractice payments were made on behalf of doctors in 2009 than any other year on record. This contradicts claims by some that...more

Tort Reform Is Not The Answer

by Robert Kraft on

Tort reform is not the answer — that’s the headline of an editorial in the Des Moines Register. The editorial lays out the arguments in favor of tort reform as a way to save money on health care, but comes to this...more

The Real Reason for “Excessive” Medical Tests

by Robert Kraft on

Today’s Dallas Morning News has an editorial regarding medical testing that is relevant to the current health care debate. In my experience, “excessive” medical testing has more to do with medical professionals wanting to...more

Tort Reform: A Bad Bargain That Won’t Fix Health Care

by Robert Kraft on

In an excellent blog post at The Huffington Post, AAJ president Anthony Tarricone makes the case that tort reform is bad for Americans and will not solve the health care dilemma. The entire article is well-worth reading, but...more

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