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Health Alert (Australia) - February 23, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Reports: Australia. Department of Health - Media releases - 18 February 2015 - Action on Hepatitis A - Assistant Minister for Health...more

Will an Illinois doctor tell you when they make a mistake?

A study found in the Journal of Patient Safety estimates that 400,000 people die each year in hospitals due to preventable medical mistakes....more

What are the statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Illinois?

In Chicago and around the world, doctors and other healthcare professionals have made it their lives’ work to help and heal their patients. However, sometimes they make mistakes and individuals are left with devastating...more

3rd largest cause of death is medical errors, study says

Most patients enter Illinois hospitals with the expectation that they will receive high quality treatment from skilled, competent health care professionals. Unfortunately, recent research by a patient advocacy group indicates...more

Florida High Court Clarifies Harmless Error Standard in Civil Appeals

On November 13, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court answered the following certified question of great public importance in the negative: “In a civil appeal, shall error be held harmless where it is more likely than not that the...more

Retained Surgical Sponges: A serious medical error

Occasionally, doctors make mistakes while treating their patients. Some of the errors that occur are so egregious that the medical profession has come to know them as “never events” because they should never, under any...more

Impact of Health Care Reform on Provider Liability

In this presentation: - The Changing Healthcare Landscape - Key Features of an ACO/CIN - ACO Standards and Quality Metrics - Examples of Quality Standards - Impact on Board and Corporate...more

Fewer Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Means Victims Go Uncompensated

Notable Declines in Medical Negligence Litigation - Medical malpractice laws exist so that victims of negligence can seek financial compensation for their injuries. When a healthcare professional behaves negligently,...more

Recent Nevada Opinion: Retroactivity Rules and Ex-Parte Communication With Treating Physicians Prohibited

On July 10, 2014, the Supreme Court of Nevada published Leavitt v. Siems, 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 54 (2014), which addressed issues related to expert testimony. This case provides two important takeaways: (1) the basic legal...more

Blurring the Lines between False Claims Act Litigation and Putative Federal Malpractice Law: The DOJ Quietly Invokes “Worthless...

On October 10, 2014, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a civil settlement agreement (the “Settlement”) with Extendicare Heath Services, Inc. and its subsidiary Progress Step Corporation (collectively,...more

Federal Court Blasts Hospital’s Kitchen Sink Privilege Claim

Lawyers for Chicago’s Mercy Hospital found that out Monday when a federal court ruled on their claim of peer review privilege for hundreds of documents sought by the plaintiff in a malpractice case. The court blasted the...more

Whistleblower Hotline Providers Can Even Save Lives

My mom and dad both have jobs in medicine, so I am some what familiar with how doctors, nurses, and specialists run their practice. My mom works with cancer patients so when I came across this rather shocking article about a...more

Health Alert (Australia) - September 15, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgements: New South Wales (NSW)- 9 September 2014 - Appleton v Norris [2014] NSWCA 311 - In August 2013, Ms Appleton...more

The Doctor May NOT Be In!

Traditionally, parents encouraged the next generation to seek careers as doctors or lawyers – not only the most prestigious but also, at that time, the most lucrative. However, in today’s world, particularly from the...more

Health Alert (Australia) - May 12, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. JUDGMENTS - New South Wales (NSW)- 6 May 2014 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Khalsa (No 2) [2014] NSWCATOD 47 - This was an application...more

Federation of State Medical Boards to Vote on Telemedicine Policy

The March 20th edition of Modern Healthcare reports on a “patient centered telemedicine policy” to be voted on by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). I’ve attached links to both the article and to the FSMB model...more

Court Invalidates Exception to Tolling Provision for Medical Malpractice Cases Brought by Minors

In Schroeder v. Weighall, 2014 WL 172665 (Wa., Jan. 16, 2014), the Washington Supreme Court invalidated another portion of Washington’s medical malpractice reform legislation. Specifically, the court invalidated RCW...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Five Civil Cases This Week

The civil portion of the Illinois Supreme Court’s argument docket for the January term begins tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Court’s temporary courtroom on the 18th floor of the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N....more

NPDB Guidebook revision would clarify investigation reporting issues

Physicians always have been justifiably concerned about reports to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) regarding malpractice payments and adverse peer review actions. Two areas of frequent uncertainty have...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 14 October 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Judgments: JUDGMENTS - Commonwealth - 8 October 2013 - Faye Mason v Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission...more

Health Alert (Australia) - September 30 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Legislation: Commonwealth - 16 September 2013 - Health insurance (botulinum toxin for urinary incontinence due to...more

Preparing a Hospital or Health System for Sale or Partnership Transactions – Part One

The consolidation trend in hospital and health systems continues. To address perceived inefficiencies and quality of care issues, hospitals are attempting to form larger enterprises to create scale, expand geographically,...more

Getting the Best Medical Care: a Newsletter from Patrick Malone - September 2013

In This Issue: - Introduction - The Facts About Drug Therapy - Spinal Injections Don't Measure Up - Surgery as a Last Resort - Watchful Waiting Can Be Your Friend - Introduction: Back pain is...more

Ignore Social Media at Your Own Risk

There’s no question that the advent of social media has changed the way we communicate. However, the use of social media raises a number of legal issues and potential liabilities of which every organization should be...more

Florida High Court to Clarify Apportionment of Joint Proposals for Settlement

On May 3, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court accepted for review two cases involving the apportionment of joint proposals for settlement: Arnold v. Audiffred,98 So. 3d 746 (Fla. 1st DCA 2012) (Fla. Sup. Ct. Case No.: SC12-2377)...more

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