Google’s made big changes recently. Google Maps and Google Places are being replaced by Google+ Local. While Google+ Local will likely advance the review system for many industries- doctor reviews, however, will grind to a halt. Unless Google recognizes the considerable onus of HIPAA on today’s healthcare professionals, and subsequently carves out a healthcare-friendly mechanism for doctor reviews, expect that far fewer patients will post; the posts will generally read like ...

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I am on record saying that some elements of tort reform will be passed by Congress. The most likely reform will be safe harbor immunity for following physician-developed practice guidelines. We believe this is a start. A more robust approach would include qualified immunity for those who consciously deviate from such guidelines because in a specific clinical circumstance, it makes good clinical sense for patients. This balance would keep doctors from ...

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Believe it or not, some element of federal tort reform is not only possible, but likely. Sounds counterintuitive? We all know that Congress has a strong majority with Democrats. We know the President is also a Democrat. We know the plaintiff’s bar strongly supports the Democratic Party. We know that Democrats have traditionally shied away from specific reforms, such as caps on pain on suffering. So, this would seem the worst ...

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