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2017 Round-Up: Key Decisions Affecting Connecticut Health Care Providers

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Connecticut state and federal courts faced a number of significant health care issues last year. We have summarized those cases that we think are particularly relevant to Connecticut hospitals, group practices and individual...more

Health Alert (Australia) 29 January 2018

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales 22 December 2017 - Inquest into the death of Colin Parker - CORONIAL LAW – cause and manner of death, syncope, atrial...more

Health Alert (Australia) 22 January 2018

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 15 December 2017 - Roy Hoppenbrouwer v Aurrum Pty Ltd T/A Aurrum Norah Head [2017] FWC 6747 - Application for an unfair dismissal...more

Taking and documenting informed consent: When is it not enough? - A case study of Jen Shek Wei v Singapore Medical Council...

by Dentons on

Maintaining adequate medical documentation is a challenge for many doctors working in a busy practice or healthcare institution. However, when it comes to informed consent, doctors should place high priority on ensuring that...more

Florida Supreme Court Says Right to Privacy Survives Death and Prohibits Ex Parte Interviews in Medmal Actions

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In the case of Weaver v. Myers, a sharply divided Florida Supreme Court recently struck down part of the 2013 amendments to Fla. Stats. §§766.106 and 766.1065, which govern the informal discovery process of the medical...more

Secret settlements in medical malpractice are bad for patient safety

An ugly truth about malpractice lawsuits is that some of the most indefensible violations of patient safety are covered up by hospitals, clinics and doctors with the complicity of the lawyers representing the injured...more

Sacramento Court: Only a Health Care Agent Can Contract for Placement in an RCFE

by Downey Brand LLP on

Incapacity planning is a major component of an estate plan. Quite often people name one person to serve as a health care agent and another person to serve as a financial agent. What role does one agent have as opposed to the...more

Health Alert (Australia) 20 December 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 13 December 2017 - Waldron v Joondalup Hospital Pty Ltd [2017] NSWSC 1728 - LIMITATION OF ACTIONS – application for extension of time...more

Massachusetts Appeals Court Upholds Liability Insurer’s Contractual Right to Settle

by Mintz Levin on

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, applying New Hampshire law, held that a professional liability insurer did not breach the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing by settling a New...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Breathes New Life into Survival Actions

by Barley Snyder on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave new life to otherwise time-barred survival action claims in medical malpractice cases in a significant decision last month – even if one justice was blunt in his disagreement with the...more

Appeals Court: No Bad Faith For An Insurer’s Legitimate Exercise Of A Contractual Right Or Its Settlement Within The Policy Limit...

In a Rule 1:28 decision applying New Hampshire law, the Appeals Court affirmed the entry of summary judgment dismissing a doctor’s suit accusing her professional liability insurer of improper settlement of a claim without her...more

Doctors Who Disobey Health Care Agents in California May Be Liable for Elder Abuse

by Downey Brand LLP on

A recent California appellate case, Stewart v. Superior Court (2017) 16 Cal.App.5th 87, validates the primacy of medical powers of attorney and (as they are more currently known) advance health care directives. Medical...more

Health Alert (Australia) 20 November 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales (NSW) 15 November 2017 - Clarke v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2017] NSWCATOD 163 - Nursing – appeal against...more

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Defendants' Ex Parte Interviews with Treating Physicians

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Florida Supreme Court has dealt a significant blow to Florida's medical malpractice pre-suit process, ruling that statutes authorizing the conduct of informal, ex parte interviews with a medical malpractice claimant's...more

Hospital Answer Stricken for Destroying Paper Medical Record after Scanning into the EMR

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the Arkansas Court of Appeals handed down an opinion affirming a severe sanction against a hospital in a medical malpractice case. The trial court had stricken the hospital’s answer, where...more

Peer Review Not Protected: U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Disturb Florida Decision Limiting the Patient Safety and Quality...

by Baker Ober Health Law on

A multi-year discovery dispute regarding the adverse medical incident reports of a Jacksonville, Florida hospital concluded on October 2, 2017 when the United States Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in...more

Health Alert (Australia) 30 October 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales 20 October 2017 - Quach v New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission; Quach v New South Wales Civil and...more

Factual and Legal Issues of Malpractice in Ambulatory Surgical Centers

by Wilson Elser on

We all are familiar with complex medical malpractice lawsuits against hospitals that include claims against the numerous professionals and staff members involved in the treatment of admitted patients. The list of parties and...more

Florida Supreme Court: Physicians' Peer Reviews Not Protected from Public Disclosure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Florida Supreme Court has reversed a decision of the Florida Second District Court of Appeal and held that an analysis of a medical malpractice claim sent by an attorney to an external medical review company in...more

Health Alert (Australia) 23 October 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Australian Capital Territory 19 October 2017 - Medical Board of Australia v Helmy (Occupational Discipline) [2017] ACAT 85 -...more

Florida Supreme Court Says External Peer Review Reports are Discoverable Under Amendment 7

by Carlton Fields on

On October 26, in Edwards v. Thomas, et al. (SC15-1893) the Florida Supreme Court held that external peer review reports are discoverable under Amendment 7. ...more

[Webinar] Long Term Care Employment Issues That Arise in Medical Malpractice Litigation - November 15th, 12:30pm ET

by LeClairRyan on

The long term care industry is highly labor intensive with numerous employment issues that can affect success of malpractice litigation. Join attorneys Nancy Reynolds and Brian Inamine for this complimentary, live one-hour...more

Rasor v. Northwest Hospital

The Arizona Supreme Court today clarified that the opportunity to cure a defective preliminary affidavit set forth in A.R.S. § 12-2603(F) does not require giving a plaintiff the chance to substitute his deficient expert at...more

Health Care E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

On June 2, 2017, Anderson, South Carolina-based AnMed Health and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General entered into the largest settlement under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act...more

And So It Goes! (October 2017)

by JAMS on

In September I had work in Cleveland, Ohio. I had not been there in a number of years and I was astonished at the positive developments the city has made. It is filled with open spaces, little traffic congestion and winning...more

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