Legal & Regulatory Issues

legal-medicalEvery patient encounter involves multiple legal and ethical issues. Health care providers who do not know the legal and ethical rules for dealing with patients are at a distinct disadvantage. Knowing the rules helps health care providers:

  • Provide better care to patients;
  • Avoid unnecessary, costly and time consuming lawsuits; and
  • Avoid embarrassing and costly disciplinary actions that may result in the loss of licensure.

Graphic warnings on cigarette packets ‘help smokers consider health risks’

With 2016 just around the corner, many individuals will be gearing up to take on one of the most challenging New Year’s resolutions: to quit smoking. But a new study suggests this challenge could be made easier if graphic warning labels were put on cigarette packets, after finding such warnings trigger more negative feelings toward […]

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By On Thursday, December 24th, 2015

FDA approves Zurampic to treat high blood uric acid levels associated with gout

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zurampic (lesinurad) to treat high levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) associated with gout, when used in combination with a xanthine oxidase inhibitor (XOI), a type of drug approved to reduce the production of uric acid in the body. Gout is a painful form of arthritis caused by […]

By and On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

ER Doctors Say Federal Rules Could Raise Patients’ Out-Of-Network Bills

Two professional organizations representing emergency doctors warn that a new federal rule could lead to higher out-of-pocket costs for consumers when they need emergency care outside their health plan’s network of providers. But consumer advocates and health policy experts say the groups’ proposed solution doesn’t adequately protect consumers.

By On Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Hospitals Turn To Partnerships To Survive New Cost, Quality Demands

As community hospitals around the country fall victim to declining volumes, shrinking patient care reimbursement and other financial woes, more organizations consider giving up their independent status to align with larger entities to survive. In Virginia, Community Memorial Healthcenter will join Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCU), the biggest health safety-net provider in the state, to help improve its […]

By and On Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Medicare Penalizes 758 Hospitals For Safety Incidents

The federal government is penalizing 758 hospitals with higher rates of patient safety incidents, and more than half of those places had also been fined last year, Medicare records released late Wednesday show.

Among the hospitals getting punished for the first time are some well-known institutions, including Stanford Health Care in Northern California, Denver Health Medical Center and two satellite hospitals run by the Mayo Clinic Health System in Minnesota, according to the federal data.

By On Friday, December 11th, 2015

FDA approves first recombinant von Willebrand factor to treat bleeding episodes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Vonvendi, von Willebrand factor (Recombinant), for use in adults 18 years of age and older who have von Willebrand disease (vWD). Vonvendi is the first FDA-approved recombinant von Willebrand factor, and is approved for the on-demand (as needed) treatment and control of bleeding episodes in adults diagnosed with VWD.  […]

By and On Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Male doctors more likely to face legal action than female colleagues

MNT — The findings, published in BMC Medicine, came after researchers identified and reviewed results from 32 studies concerning medico-legal action. “More research is needed to understand the reasons for why male doctors are more likely to experience a medico-legal action,” says lead researcher Emily Unwin, of University College London (UCL) in the UK. “The causes […]

By and On Friday, November 27th, 2015

Faxing Error Leads to Healthcare Data Breach, Lawsuit

Health IT Security — Several hundreds of health files were allegedly sent to a New York-based marketing firm rather than to Quest for approximately one year. This mistake was due to human error in which individuals from several providers incorrectly input Quest’s fax number, thus inadvertently sending the medical files to the marketing firm APS […]

By and On Friday, November 27th, 2015

End of Medicare Bonus Program Will Cut Pay to Primary Care Doctors

Kaiser Health News — Many primary care practitioners will be a little poorer next year because of the expiration of a health law program that has been paying them a 10 percent bonus for caring for Medicare patients. Some say the loss may trickle down to the patients, who could have a harder time finding a […]

By On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Justice Department Reaches $250M Settlement With Hospitals Over Cardiac Device Violations

More than 450 hospitals in 43 states are alleged to have violated Medicare coverage requirements by implanting cardioverter defibrillators too soon after patients suffered a heart attack or had other procedures.

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