As radiology is being outsourced, I wonder how hard it is to sue them
"When patients needed urgent CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds late at night at St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, Conn., emergency room workers used to rouse a bleary-eyed staff radiologist from his bed to read the images. Not anymore.

The work now goes to Arjun Kalyanpur -- 8,000 miles away in Bangalore, India. When it ...

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Teaching hospitals in Florida are looking for $150,000 liability caps
"The effect would essentially be to immunize teaching hospitals in Florida from medical malpractice lawsuits. The Miami Herald reports that the bill is likely to pass; if so, it will create an interesting experiment in the effect of malpractice liability on healthcare costs and results, since there will be two regimes side-by-side in the state, one for teaching hospitals ...

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The 100K Lives Campaign is designed to reduce preventable medical errors
"The 100,000 Lives Campaign is a nationwide initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to radically reduce morbidity and mortality in American health care. Building on the successful work of health care providers all over the world, we will introduce proven best practices across the country to extend or save as many as 100,000 lives. IHI and ...

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This physician truly runs a solo practice
Relying heavily on technology, he has zero support staff.

A patient wins a malpractice suit, but won't collect since the doctor filed for bankruptcy
"A sweeping federal bankruptcy act the president signed into law last week will still allow doctors to file bankruptcy to avoid paying medical malpractice suits, according to Jeffrey Morris, scholar for the American Bankruptcy Institute in Alexandria, Va., and chair-in-law at the University of Dayton School of Law in Ohio.

Medical malpractice debts ...

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Doctors gone wild: A physician was fired for assaulting his boss
"'He don't talk to them [patients] like a doctor, he talks to them like
a brother and a friend,' said Marvin Johnson, one of the protesters.
'He say, You my dog, I'll hook you up,' ' to a patient who asks for a
new prescription, said Johnson. 'He's earthy and gutty and they [the
clinic] don't like that.'"

The story of a famed Tampa surgeon being sued for a surgical complication
This isn't a case of weeding out bad doctors. From all accounts, this was one of the top surgeons in the area. Nor is this frivolous - the patient has suffered a terrible complication. Unfortunately, complications occur despite the best intentions.

I harken back to a previous quote: "Most of the problem is that medicine ...

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A plastic surgeon has been reprimanded after he left a patient in the middle of an operation to perform surgery down the street at another hospital

"The unimpeded increase in litigation leads one to question whether the rule of law that our society is supposedly based on has become the tyranny of lawyers."

A doctor was liable for a patient he didn't even see
Risk-management principle: "Advice given over the telephone is a high-risk gamble and should be treated with considerable caution. Any such advice should be recorded in the patientÂ’s chart. Unless the physician is in the office with the chart in front of him, however, this recommendation may be unrealistic. One physician (who has successfully defended several lawsuits) carries a pocket ...

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Italians have the longest penises
What a study: "A group of scientists in Hong Kong spent five months from October last year measuring 148 ethnic Chinese volunteers aged between 23 and 93.

The average length of their flaccid penises was 8.46 centimeters (3.4 inches), which compared favorably with similar studies on other men overseas.

Germans have average lengths of about 8.6 centimeters, Israelis 8.3, Turks 7.8 and Filipinos ...

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An ER nurse tells us how she really feels
A tirade for the ages. I'll quote one part that rings true (expletives censored by me):

Do not believe that because your doctor told you to come right to the ER that you have a right to be seen right away. Let us discuss why he really said that; LIABILITY. Your doctor doesnÂ’t give a ratÂ’'s ass about little ...

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Several hundred physicians rallied at the Capitol yesterday for malpractice reform
"Dr. Steven Fletcher, a general and vascular surgeon at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., said lawsuit reform would reduce the amount of defensive medicine he performs.

About 70 percent of the blood-clot checks he conducts are not are not medically necessary, but 'we have to do them just in case,' Dr. Fletcher said.

Defensive ...

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A doc goes cold turkey from drug reps
"We doctors see these folks, let them stroke our egos and accept their largesse. Some of us do this reluctantly, with unspoken reservations; a few do it eagerly and even try to shake down the reps for more and bigger freebies.

Many of us just play the game without thinking. Drug reps have been part of the medical scene since the ...

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This is the correct way to sneeze



"Over the past decade or so, schools and day-care centers around the country have gradually adopted the technique as a way to ward off colds, flu, whooping cough and other easily transmitted bugs. It's been replacing the traditional cover-your-mouth-with-your-hands-or-a-tissue approach that has long been considered the polite and most sanitary technique.

The reasons are fairly obvious "” when ...

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Some women in the UK are inventing family histories of breast cancer in order to have treatment
"They say the women, 1% of patients, are likely to have a psychological disorder similar to Munchausen's Syndrome."

A doctor murdered his former patient to prevent her from testifying against him in a Medicare fraud trial

Sorry Pfizer, azithromycin is useless in heart disease
"In one study, led by Dr. J. Thomas Grayston of the University of Washington in Seattle, 4,012 people who already had suffered a heart attack or clogged artery problem were given either azithromycin or a placebo once a week for a year.

Nearly four years later, the number of heart attacks, deaths, hospitalizations, and necessary additional heart procedures was almost identical ...

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Dilbert's doc meets a drug rep
Hilarious. (via GruntDoc)

A shortage of primary-care physicians is an obstacle to universal health coverage in Vermont
"'If the state reimburses similar to Medicaid - currently Medicaid pays about 53 percent of what Blue Cross pays - you will not attract physicians to Vermont,' he said. 'But if a new state-administered plan provides adequate reimbursement Â… it could make Vermont an attractive place to practice.'"

The bottom-line is money. Physicians will ...

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