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Sep 12 2014

Notes from a Plaintiff’s Attorney: Legal issues when dating patients

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We continue with our series of general educational articles penned by one attorney, an MD, JD, giving you a view of the world through a malpractice plaintiff attorney’s eyes. This attorney is a seasoned veteran.  The series includes a number of pearls on how to stay out of harm’s way. While I do not necessarily agree with 100% of the details of every article, I think the messages are salient, on target, and fully relevant.  Please give us your feedback – and let us know if you find the series helpful.

Woody Allen notoriously maintained that “The heart wants what it wants.”

Mr. Allen thought that all that mattered when he married his daughter-in-law was his heart. But, from the standpoint of the public, the type of relationship sometimes matters as much as the bond between the two parties.

When there is a personal relationship between a doctor and a patient, society – in the form of state medical boards and the courts – will likely be in the bedroom as well.

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Sep 12 2014

Physician Report Cards: Can Chance Alone Make You Look Like a Killer

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In our data driven word, you know what’s around the corner. Report cards for doctors based on clinical outcomes. But, statistics is a funny thing. Michael Blastland, a journalist with BBC, made precisely this point with his Go Figure Chance Calculator.

 

His premise:

 

“Imagine you are a hospital doctor. Some patients die. But how many is too many before you or your hospital are labeled killers?”

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Sep 04 2014

The Lilliputian Influence of CV Surgeon Report Cards on Referrals by Cardiologists

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The holy grail for bean counters who focus on healthcare quality are tools for patients to help them find the best doctors. The argument goes: transparency will help drive quality initiatives; the data will help patients find the better doctors.

 

The process took off in 1986 when the Health Care Financing Administration released report cards of hospital-specific, risk-adjusted mortality rates for coronary artery bypass surgery. In 1991, New York picked up the baton by releasing stats for individual surgeons for risk-adjusted mortality rates for coronary artery bypass surgery. So, this data has been around for over two decades.

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Sep 04 2014

Sometimes You Settle a Case; Then You Get Sued Again. Crap.

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We learned of a case where a patient was injured at a hospital. The treating doctor and the hospital were sued. Doctor decided to settle for policy limits – $1M. He believes he got out early and can sit on the sidelines. He reasonably believes his involvement in the case is over. And the hospital may be on the hook for a larger sum.

 

The hospital sues the doctor – arguing that if a jury orders them to pay, they want the doctor’s group to underwrite some of that payment. In other words, they want to be reimbursed some of the money a jury holds them liable.

 

What happened here?

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Aug 29 2014

Johns Hopkins to Pay $190 Million to Settle Claims Gynecologist Secretly Videoed Patients

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Dr. Nikita Levy was a gynecologist affiliated with Johns Hopkins. He secretly photographed and videotaped women’s bodies in the examining room. When I say secretly, I mean without their knowledge or consent. Dr. Levy apparently wore a pen-like camera around his neck to accomplish the deeds.

 

In February, 2013, an employee alerted hospital authorities which forced the doctor to turn over his camera. Investigators discovered 1,200 videos and 140 images stored on servers in his home.

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Aug 22 2014

Avoiding liability when you’re asked to do more than you’re trained to do

Published by under Healthcare Reform

We continue with our series of general educational articles penned by one attorney, an MD, JD, giving you a view of the world through a malpractice plaintiff attorney’s eyes. This attorney is a seasoned veteran.  The series includes a number of pearls on how to stay out of harm’s way. While I do not necessarily agree with 100% of the details of every article, I think the messages are salient, on target, and fully relevant.  Please give us your feedback – and let us know if you find the series helpful.

Dirty Harry said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.”

The best general medico-legal advice is to do nothing that is not fully within your technical and knowledge comfort zone. When you move outside your specific area of expertise you will be held to the Standard of Care of an experienced and qualified practitioner in the area you have entered.

However, real life as a practicing physician has a tendency to not cooperate with the ideal.

Recently, two physicians raised questions about how to handle moving outside that ideal zone of practice, one in an elective setting and one in an emergency setting.

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