legal issues in medicine

Patient Safety Info Open to Litigation, Court Rules

Patient Safety Info Open to Litigation, Court Rules

The PSQIA allows physicians and hospitals to share information about safety issues and incidents through a patient safety organization.

Reduce Your Risk of Medical Lawsuits

Reduce Your Risk of Medical Lawsuits

The risk of a primary care physician getting sued is 75%, the authors present 5 strategies to reduce the risk of lawsuits.

Reimbursement, Legal Concerns Plague Telehealth

Reimbursement, Legal Concerns Plague Telehealth

Although the benefit of telehealth services is substantial, reimbursement issues have limited its use and expansion.

Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia Increasing Legalized

Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia Increasing Legalized

Public support for physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia has increased in Western Europe, while plateauing in the United States.

Apology Laws Found to Speed Up Malpractice Litigation

Apology Laws Found to Speed Up Malpractice Litigation

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Physician expressions of sympathy and regret appear to encourage quicker settlements.

FDA's 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Misunderstood

FDA's 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Misunderstood

Many believe meds supported by stronger evidence than the law requires to achieve designation.

Legal Interpretation May Expose Doctors to Substantial Fines

Legal Interpretation May Expose Doctors to Substantial Fines

Case surrounds whether liability under IFPA can be based on what a practice should have known.

Health Care Apps Lack Good Privacy Policies

Health Care Apps Lack Good Privacy Policies

Nearly 80% of studied diabetes apps had no declared privacy policy.

Few Physicians Involved in a Third of Paid Malpractice Claims

Few Physicians Involved in a Third of Paid Malpractice Claims

A few doctors account for disproportionately large number of paid malpractice claims.

Industry Funds More Research Than NIH

Industry Funds More Research Than NIH

Analysis finds studies paid for by private sector increasing, while US-sponsored trials decline.

7 Behaviors May Improve Patient-Physician Relationship

7 Behaviors May Improve Patient-Physician Relationship

7 behaviors promote more consistent practice of interpersonal aspects of medicine.

Providers Must Understand Legal Limits of Telemedicine

Providers Must Understand Legal Limits of Telemedicine

Providers should ensure they hold proper medical license and have medical liability coverage.

California Governor Signs Right-to-Die Bill Into Law

California Governor Signs Right-to-Die Bill Into Law

Physicians can now prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.

Rising Litigation for Soft-Tissue Filler Procedures

Rising Litigation for Soft-Tissue Filler Procedures

Half of legal actions result from non-physician performing the procedure.

Diagnostic Errors Common in the U.S.

Diagnostic Errors Common in the U.S.

Panel urges changes to an increasingly complex health care system.

Ruling Makes It Easier for Insurers to Terminate Doctors

Ruling Makes It Easier for Insurers to Terminate Doctors

Court supported insurance company in termination of doctors after dispute over necessity of services

Noneconomic Damage Cap is Constitutional, Court Rules

Noneconomic Damage Cap is Constitutional, Court Rules

California court finds that state's cap on noneconomic damages is constitutional.

Study Identifies Human Factors in Surgical Errors

Study Identifies Human Factors in Surgical Errors

Individual cognitive factors accounted for half of all contributing human factor nano-codes.

Communicate More, Get Sued Less?

Communicate More, Get Sued Less?

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Studies have suggested that improving communication with patients can reduce future malpractice litigation.

Transitioning to Private Physician Practice: Tips

Transitioning to Private Physician Practice: Tips

Physicians should prepare carefully; consider finances, legal issues, and insurance.

Disclosure Restrictions Frequent in Medical Malpractice Settlements

Disclosure Restrictions Frequent in Medical Malpractice Settlements

Academic health system uses nondisclosure clauses in most malpractice settlement agreements.

Legal Implications of Using PAs and NPs

Legal Implications of Using PAs and NPs

Understanding legal issues allows effective use of physician extenders, who can be beneficial in health care.

How to Protect Yourself from Patient Abandonment Accusations

How to Protect Yourself from Patient Abandonment Accusations

Article provides suggestions to protect physician from liability, accusations of patient abandonment

Clinical Negligence Leads to Amputation and Lawsuit

Clinical Negligence Leads to Amputation and Lawsuit

Clinicians missed several opportunities to advocate for their patient, leading to the loss of a leg.

How to Reduce Liability Risk in Telemedicine

How to Reduce Liability Risk in Telemedicine

Tips include defining minimum requirement necessary for establishing doctor-patient relationship.

Fax Sent to Wrong Number Results in HIPAA Violation

Fax Sent to Wrong Number Results in HIPAA Violation

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Confidential health information was sent to a patient's employer by a physician, resulting in a HIPAA violation.

No Exception to HIPAA Privacy Rules, Nurse Learns

No Exception to HIPAA Privacy Rules, Nurse Learns

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A nurse in the cardiology department of a large hospital saw nothing wrong with accessing the medical records of family members.

Staff Nurse Faces Jail Time for HIPAA Violations

Staff Nurse Faces Jail Time for HIPAA Violations

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A routine file maintenance ended in arrest and jail time for a licensed nurse who shared a patient's medical information with her spouse.

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