On May 10, 2013, CMS issued a transmittal clarifying the requirement in Section 637 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) that ambulance payments for non-emergency basic life support (BLS) transports for end...more
In this presentation:
- Overview and recommendations regarding hearing procedures.
- Ways to maximize confidentiality and immunity protections under state law, HCQIA and the Patient Safety Act.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed into a law a death with dignity bill that will allow physicians to prescribe medication for terminally sick patients who wish to end their lives....more
The national nonprofit organization Leapfrog Group (“Leapfrog”) recently released its updated Hospital Safety ScoreSM, a searchable database of patient safety scores for over 2,500 acute care hospitals. The safety scores,...more
In This Issue:
- When Hospital Errors Follow You Home, and Into Your Soul
- What Survivors of Patient Harm Can Expect
- Hurting the Healing Process
- Learn More About Your Rights and How to Reduce the Harms of...more
A new study suggests limiting the work hours of resident physicians does not lead to patient death. In fact, mortality declined during the study period even though patients may have received fewer hours of care....more
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Depuis quelque temps, plusieurs comités de discipline constitués pour étudier les plaintes portées à l’endroit de médecins ont été saisis de requêtes demandant qu’ils...more
On April 26, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the proposed update to the Medicare long-term acute care hospital prospective payment system (“LTCH PPS”) policies and payment rates for fiscal...more
A jury awarded $7.7 million for the death of a patient who suffocated during a struggle with her caregivers.
Thirty-three year old Lauren Arcady was developmentally disabled, suffered from schizophrenia, and had a...more
On March 29, 2013, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("JPML"), consolidated eleven pending federal actions alleging injuries related to GranuFlo and/of NaturaLyte administration during dialysis...more
A plaintiff cannot succeed in whistleblower litigation against his former employer without demonstrating a specific, objectively reasonable belief that the employer violated a law or public policy, according to a recently...more
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s opinion in Nazareth Hosp. v. Sebelius, slip op. no. 10-3513 furnished a surprising victory to two providers that challenged the calculation of the...more
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking with regard to the disposal of controlled substances. These regulations seek to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act...more
In This Issue:
- What Is a Nurse Practitioner?
- An Expanding Role
- The Money Issue
- Bottom Line: Focus on the Patient
- Recent Health CareNews You ShouldKnow About
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