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May 15 2015

Can a Board of Medicine Discipline a Doctor for Participating in Worker’s Comp Fraud Investigation?

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Many years ago, I took care of a worker’s comp patient. He wasn’t improving. He lamented he could not even pick up the newspaper from his yard.

 
The worker’s comp carrier obtained video surveillance footage of this same person getting in his car, traveling over two states to reach a casino. There, he was filmed with a drink in one hand, a cigarette in the other, reveling at the end of a craps table. He was kicking one leg up in the air like a UFC contender screaming “Seven come Eleven.” I don’t think he won any money; but, he looked like he was having fun.

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May 07 2015

Loser Pays in the U.S.? Some States Have It.

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Most U.S. physicians are not clamoring to embrace the British healthcare system. But, one feature accessible to our colleagues across the pond is an exception. Loser pays.

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May 01 2015

Emotional Distress in Witnessing CPR – A Jury Decides

Published by under Healthcare Reform

Families are pivotal in helping patients recover. They advocate for their loved ones. They give encouragement to rehabilitate. They provide reasons to push harder to live. What happens when a patient deteriorates in front of the family and a code is called? Sometimes the family is ushered out of the room. Sometimes they are pushed to the side – allowed to stay as long as they do not get in the way.

 

A recent California case suggests that if close family members witness negligence in implementing a code – or calling a code too late – not only can the patient sue, so can the family.

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Apr 24 2015

A 37 year old neurosurgeon just died from cancer. His words are immortal.

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In his sixth year of neurosurgical residency at Stanford, Dr. Paul Kalanithi developed night sweats, back pain, and cough. His weight dropped precipitously. In May, 2013, he was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell EGFR positive lung cancer. He had never smoked.

 

He was treated and went back to work.

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Apr 17 2015

Pioneers take arrows. Staying safe when you are leading innovation.

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As medical innovation evolves, someone is the first person to do a procedure. If the results are great – wonderful. What happens if the results are great most of the time, but one patient out of 100 has a horrible complication? If that patient sues for malpractice, he will argue you were not following the standard of care, and that failure caused damages. That is the hallmark of a medical negligence suit.

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Apr 09 2015

Are doctors responsible or liable for the Germanwings Crash?

Published by under Healthcare Reform

Recently, co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked himself in the cockpit of a Germanwings plane and intentionally caused the plane to crash, killing himself and 149 passengers and crew. We are learning new information daily. Apparently, he had a doctor’s note declaring him unfit for flying on the date he crashed. And, he apparently sought help in the past for a psychiatric condition. Details are scarce. Still, no one in close proximity to Lubitz said they saw this coming. Everyone expressed shock and surprise.

 

Will Lubitz’s doctors be blamed, in part or in full? And, if so, what kind of liability might that trigger?

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