You can get sued for writing false statements:

A Washington hospital and a malpractice insurer have successfully sued a Louisiana hospital and two doctors who wrote glowing letters of recommendation for a colleague without disclosing his drug problem.

The jury award of more than $4 million for fraud and negligent misrepresentation marks the first time one hospital has successfully sued another for failing to disclose adverse information about ...

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For being mentioned in the Washington Post.

Consider the ridiculous scenarios of this ruling. I advise Washington's Board of Pharmacy to develop some backbone:

What about being refused AZT because a druggist assumes the HIV-positive patient is gay and disapproves of his or her "lifestyle?" (To me that always sounded like disliking someone's taste in patio furniture rather than one's inherent sexual orientation.)

What if it's a pharmacist who may or may not be ...

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Robert Scoble writes about how his mother's blind belief in alternative medicine may have hastened her death:

But, she had some wacky beliefs. It's why I wasn't very close with her. She was VERY into alternative medicine and didn't believe in doctors at all.

That belief might have cost her some time here. We'll never know for sure.

One reason I wanted to share this is if ...

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A simple question asks what does a "routine physical" entail leads to an explosion of referrals and unnecessary test suggestions:

Q: What further referrals might be suggested?

A: Depending on your risk factors, a referral to a gastrointestinal specialist may be ordered for colon-rectal cancer screening, a referral to a cardiologist for heart disease screening, an eye doctor to evaluate for glaucoma, a diabetes doctor for evaluation of high ...

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Ridiculous use of resources over there:

In March, Mr Penman claimed that urgent operations were being delayed for months because his hospital did not have the cash.

He said then: "At a day care clinic I'd normally see six or even patients. But my boss ould only let me see one.

Then we all sat around drinking coffee. I've even got into sudoku and crosswords which is good ...

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This will happen soon here as well:

Although under the terms of the new GP contract they have to meet a series of performance indicators and the government is planning to publish the results of patients surveys.

The RCGP said the ratings will be displayed outside the surgery and run alongside the government's plan to publish details of patient surveys.

Their innovative idea of including personal responsibility in their Medicaid reforms is being shot down. Too bad.

Some are wondering after the recent incidence of a rare genetic disease in Michigan.

Psych headlines dominates the news today. The NY Times explores the increased use of antipsychotics in kids:

The explosion in the use of drugs, some experts said, can be traced in part to the growing number of children and adolescents whose problems are given psychiatric labels once reserved for adults and to doctors' increasing comfort with a newer generation of drugs for psychosis.

A study is attributing road rage to this psychiatric disorder:

The average number of lifetime attacks per person was 43, resulting in $1,359 in property damage per person. About 4 percent had suffered recent attacks.

Sound, unanimous advice from dermatologists.

The Cheerful Oncologist gives his take.

Apparently, there are differing policies on this depending on the hospital:

Sampson said she went to the hospital for treatment of a severe migraine headache, but was moved to a psychiatric unit when she admitted struggling with self-destructive impulses. She said she pleaded to be allowed to keep at least her pants on before the strip search, but the nurse refused . . .

. . .In a ...

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It's a high one:

There are reports of lost limbs due to lack of informed consent ensured by professional interpreting. Young children commonly experience psychological trauma from being expected to play interpreter and inform mom or dad of their terminal disease; children who speak English as a second language often misinform adults about how to take their drugs. Patients withhold vital information from physicians for fear that relatives or neighbors ...

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A ob/gyn-blogger summarizes the current options.

Sounds like quite a stressful flight. Good job.

Maria takes on the tough issues.

Graham with a case in point. Stories like these pervade medical practice daily.

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