Part of the reason for a $3 million malpractice verdict:

It was also claimed that the informed consent was insufficient, notwithstanding an eight-page informed consent document, a video, a brochure and a general discussion of the risks with a referring optometrist.

About $1,000.

It all comes down to money, although I find this statement amusing:

The most cutting comment at Tuesday's hearing came from Rep. Charles Norwood, R-Ga., who said the imaging reimbursement cuts in the Deficit Reduction Act should be eliminated: He said the representatives from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, who testified Tuesday "have no idea what they ...

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Which can lead to patient deaths and complications:

Some patients, they said, were undoubtedly dying as a direct result of incorrect prescribing, and many others were having their conditions worsened or were suffering unnecessary complications. It was estimated that between five and 10 per cent of hospital admissions were a result of adverse drug reactions - most of which were avoidable.

On this interactive ABC medical mystery show.

Appendiceal cancer was misdiagnosed as ovarian cancer:

In what attorneys say is the first case of its kind since Connecticut legalized civil unions, a lesbian couple filed a medical malpractice lawsuit Tuesday claiming botched cancer treatments damaged their love life.

Margaret Mueller and Charlotte Stacey are accusing two doctors of treating Mueller for ovarian cancer when she actually had cancer of the appendix. They contend Mueller underwent years ...

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He contends that morals and science should not mix:

Vaccination works to prevent cervical cancer, and thus reduce suffering and death. Please leave morals out of the discussion. We have a wonderful public health opportunity here, and our best strategy is universal vaccination.

It's called MedicalMatters.org:

MedicalMatters.org is a special project of Senator Bill Frist'Â’s leadership committee, VOLPAC. Senator Frist will regularly blog. MedicalMatters will also feature many regular bloggers as well as some high profile guest bloggers engaging in a discussion of health care issues.

America'Â’s health care system faces many challenges as we enter into the 21st century. MedicalMatters goal is to provide a forum for health care professionals, consumers, ...

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He's not doing himself any favors here, hence his anonymous rant:

It seems to me that many nurses enter the profession almost as an afterthought rather than a vocation. Consequently, the NHS nurses I work with often do not have the common sense required to do their jobs effectively and safely, or they simply don't care enough.

Nurses who cannot tell the difference between a coronary episode and ...

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A surgeon operates on the wrong knee, then operates on the other knee after realizing his error.

One surefire way to beat cutbacks in reimbursement:

"I think as long as physicians have to work as long and as hard as they do," says plastic surgeon John D. Newkirk II, "the tendency is to do those things that give maximum revenue with minimal work."

This patient was at her wit's end.

Another casualty of defensive medicine:

The study's lead researcher believes a fear of malpractice lawsuits causes many doctors to become overcautious and over-diagnose skin cancer.

"We live in a very litigious society with a lot of defensive medicine," said Dr. Ali Hendi, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fl. "If a pathologist is looking under microscope [with these new guidelines], he is not ...

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No HIPAA in China

A newspaper publishes protected health information without permission:

The girl surnamed Gao from the central province of Henan lost her parents after they contracted AIDS by selling blood.

In the 1980s and 1990s, thousands of Henan farmers contracted HIV from commercial blood stations that often combined the blood of sellers into common vats, separated out the valuable plasma, and then transfused the remaining corpuscles back into sellers, saving ...

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This writer wants to focus efforts on the Pap smear:

An American Cancer Society spokeswoman said that most American women who get cervical cancer these days are women who either had never had a Pap smear or had not followed the follow-up and frequency guidelines. So perhaps we could redirect the public money that would be spent on this vaccine "” one of the most expensive ever, priced at ...

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Two Texas hospitals are taking different approaches to the problem. However, this is the widely-accepted public view:

"We have a lot of United States citizens that need our help in health, and we should pull them up before we pull up someone here illegally," said Tim Gallagher, 45, a software salesman from Plano, north of Dallas, who in an interview expressed views widely shared in the state. Mr. Gallagher ...

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The beeping sponge

Perhaps coming soon to an OR near you:

Doctors at Stanford University School of Medicine who tested sponges embedded with radio frequency identification tags said the system accurately alerted surgeons when they deliberately left a sponge inside a temporarily closed surgical site and waved a detector wand over it.

Can it be so simple?

"It may seem like an oversimplified solution to improving patient satisfaction, but even a couple of minutes can make a significant difference in how patients view their experience," said Dr. Hall. "In addition, our data show that doctors who spend an average of three minutes longer with their patients -- 18 minutes instead of 15 -- can significantly decrease their chances of a malpractice lawsuit." ...

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Not a good idea:

There is a potential risk that the milk may be contaminated with viruses such as HIV or bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause food poisoning. In addition, traces of substances such as prescription and non-prescription drugs can be transmitted through human milk. Improper hygiene when extracting the milk, as well as improper storage and handling, could also cause these products to spoil or be ...

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A disturbing trend from a recent study.

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