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A bitter doc writes about the liability crisis
"There are two points that must be addressed. First is the 'squeeze.' As the Medicare budget disaster worsens, the government will threaten physicians more and more with penalties for 'over-ordering' and with charges of fraud. Doctors will be caught between threats from the government to order fewer tests, and patient and legal pressures demanding more.

The next point is a lack ...


Some think the term DNR is too negative
A new term is suggested: "AND, for Allow Natural Death".

Medical Justice gives physicians the resources to fight frivolous lawsuits
"When a claim is made against a member physician, Medical Justice activates an early intervention strategy whereby the company's defense counsel notifies the plaintiff's counsel of the physician's Medical Justice coverage and benefits. Not infrequently, this notification is enough to persuade the plaintiff to drop a meritless case.

If a frivolous case proceeds to court and results in a ...


A pharmacist was dispensing medications while drunk
"Police said the fired pharmacist took a blood alcohol test and had
level that was twice the legal limit for driving. They described the
pharmacist's condition when they took him into custody Sunday.

'His speech was very slow, slurred, thick-tongued. Odor of alcohol was pretty strong,' Sandwich police officer Bruce Lawrence said."

The Tennessee Supreme Court has struck down most non-compete contracts for physician
"Though narrowly written to only apply to medical doctors, the same reasoning could easily apply to dentists, podiatrists, physical therapists and some nursing positions, arguing that people have a right to practice their craft, and patients have a right to choose who treats them."

A pediatrician talks about the pros and cons of overtesting and overtreating
"Contrary to popular belief, many medical tests aren't definitive; they only suggest probabilities. For example, testing a newborn's blood for the adrenal hormone appears like a great idea at first glance: it's 100 percent effective at catching the 1 child in 10,000 with the hormone deficiency. But this excellent test also identifies many children who don't have the ...


Time Magazine on the DEA's crackdown on pain management physicians
"But in the government's new crackdown, legitimate physicians and patients may be getting caught in the net. 'Fifty million Americans are in severe pain from arthritis, back injuries, cancer and other disabilities,' says Dr. Scott Fishman, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. 'But the government is sending a message to avoid prescribing strong pain-killers.'"

I got the ...


Soaring health care costs are screwing employees on both ends
"Employees are facing a double whammy when it comes to health care costs: Many companies are likely to ask workers to pay more for their insurance while rising health care costs means companies may dole out lower raises."

Chris Rangel talks about his case of defensive medicine
"Last week I admitted a woman in her 40s, relatively healthy, who had suffered a syncopal event (passed out). The woman had taken a gazillion doses of Benadryl (self medicating for a prior allergic reaction to food), didn't sleep well, and had not eaten that day. Initial routine work-up was negative and every aspect of my training and experience told me ...


How to correctly remove a tick
"Never remove a tick by burning it." (via bookofjoe)

Vice-president Dick Cheney completed his physical:

Cheney, 64, was at George Washington University Hospital for a colonoscopy, an upper endoscopy and a vascular screening. The procedures completed his yearly medical checkup.

In the first part of the exam last week, an annual heart checkup produced good news for Cheney, who has had four heart attacks, though none since he became vice president in 2001.

The latest tests ...


There continues to be confusion over the new Medicare drug plan
"People who said they were healthy said they saw no immediate need to buy the Medicare drug coverage. People who said they were ill said the benefit seemed meager. And local insurance counselors said they shuddered at the complexity of the program."

Nurses and staff are standing up against disruptive doctors
"It used to be that doctors screamed at nurses, raged at patients, threw scalpels across the operating room -- and everyone looked the other way."

There are differing ophthalmology opinions for this neurosurgeon who is blind in one eye
"Two ophthalmologists examined Greenberg: one hired by Greenberg, and one hired by the lawyer for the person suing Greenberg.

Though on opposing sides, the doctors both concluded that Greenberg is essentially blind in his right eye because of a childhood accident in which he was poked in the eye with a sharp wire. They also ...


Man sues Pfizer for Viagra blindness
Unfortunately, it will be difficult to prove that Viagra was responsible for the blindness.

More press for Sorry Works!
"Absent that apology, a gurney-chasing attorney could have convinced me to sue this physician for malpractice. Instead, I was touched by his honesty and felt no malice toward him. As I recuperated, litigating against him was the last thing on my mind."

Apparently over 50 percent of this medical school students are on welfare
"Pikeville medical student Mike Garrett said many of his classmates are on tight budgets, living on loans to cover living expenses and the $28,000 a year in tuition. He said those who qualify shouldn't be begrudged government benefits.

'The public might think that all medical school students are rich, but that's not necessarily true,' said Debby Murphy, ...


Yahoo! now has some health expert blogs
Topics include cardiovascular care, breast cancer, diabetes and asthma.

Physician malpractice judgements and settlements on the rise

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