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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: A Constitutional Analysis

July 04, 2016, by Adapted for HCMP

Perhaps only taking a back seat to the economy, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) stood front and center in the 2012 United States presidential election. But the Affordable Care Act’s prominence in the American political landscape has been evident since its inception. In March 2010, despite...
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E.R. use increasing
E.R. use increasing
Providing care
Providing care

Malpractice Risks With NPs and PAs in medical Practice

June 30, 2016, by Taylor Spence, Administration

The growth in the number of physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) has been enormous and is likely to intensify. This trend will have a dramatic impact on physicians, whether employed or in private practice, in terms of both liability issues and day-to-day practice.

Thanks in part to the looming doctor...
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PAC mistake
PAC mistake
Testimony blames doctor for poor supervision
Testimony blames doctor for poor supervision

Surgeon Scorecard Posts Complication Rates

June 27, 2016, by Susan Justice, Administration

The public posting of surgeons' complication rates is an effort to promote healthcare transparency for patients and providers, say researchers, but the issue has stirred controversy among clinicians.  The non-profit news service has posted rates of 30-day re-admissions, in-hospital deaths and other post-op complications such as infections and clots, accidental punctures,...
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Bad outcome - but did it need to be
Bad outcome - but did it need to be
More bad news - look for answers here
More bad news - look for answers here

Patients as victims and their families respond to the survery: what was the reason for your medical malpractice claim?

June 24, 2016, by Administration

Categories of adverse events
1. The leading category of error reported by patients was failure in diagnosis and treatment. Frequent events reported in this category were a delay in diagnosis and treatment, misdiagnosis and failure to rescue a patient whose clinical condition was worsening.
2. The second most common category was surgical...
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Say nothing or else!
Say nothing or else!
The effective control mechanism
The effective control mechanism

Another misdiagnosis - another dead child. Sorry is not enough

June 17, 2016, by Administration

Hospital Apologizes for Death of 19-Year Old Killed By Medical Errors

In 2011, teenager Bronte Doyne’s stomach troubles were diagnosed as a rare form of liver cancer. Surgeons removed part of her liver and thought they had beaten the disease. However, Bronte continued to experience stomach problems and she and her parents...
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Malpractice
Malpractice
Stay Alert
Stay Alert

The Trial Process in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

June 13, 2016, by A primer for our members

Medical malpractice trials are the culmination of an often arduous and adversarial lawsuit process. Once a case actually goes to trial, months or sometimes years of pre-trial investigation is brought to bear in an attempt to prove that a physician breached the medical standard of care and caused you to be...
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Attorney explains to the jury
Attorney explains to the jury
The final Judges ruling
The final Judges ruling
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