Practice Management News

FDA: New Plan for Regulations, Oversight of Dietary Supplement Industry

FDA: New Plan for Regulations, Oversight of Dietary Supplement Industry

The FDA has announced a new plan to significantly modernize the regulation and oversight of dietary supplements.

Physician-Mothers as Caregivers Increases Risk of Burnout, Mood Disorders

Physician-Mothers as Caregivers Increases Risk of Burnout, Mood Disorders

Physician-mothers who care for seriously ill children, spouses, or parents have higher rates of burnout and mood disorders.

New Patient Wait Times at VA Medical Centers Improved Between 2014 and 2017

New Patient Wait Times at VA Medical Centers Improved Between 2014 and 2017

Compared with wait times at VA health centers, wait times in the private sector remained static.

Struggles in Managing Iatrogenic Polypharmacy: Case Study

Struggles in Managing Iatrogenic Polypharmacy: Case Study

Even the use of as few as 2 concomitant drugs can introduce the risk for drug interactions and subsequent adverse effects.

ACR Calls for Safeguards Against Step Therapy for Part B Drugs

ACR Calls for Safeguards Against Step Therapy for Part B Drugs

The ACR is urging CMS to adopt safeguards to protect Medicare Advantage beneficiaries from step therapy.

Legal Advisor

To Question, or Not to Question Your Supervisor's Diagnosis

To Question, or Not to Question Your Supervisor's Diagnosis

A nurse practitioner disagrees with her supervisor over a diagnosis but fails to voice her opinion, leading to misdiagnosis and a subsequent above-the-knee amputation.

Fired for Refusing a Flu Shot

A nurse practitioner sues her former employer after being fired for refusing to get a flu shot.

Alleged HIPAA Violation or Termination for Taking FMLA?

A court must choose whether to accept a hospital's explanation that a nurse was fired for violating HIPAA or let a jury decide whether the hospital's action was merely a pretext for firing the nurse for taking advantage of FMLA.

Malpractice News

Malpractice News

Should a "do not resuscitate" tattoo on an unconscious patient be honored?

A patient presented with COPD, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation and was found to have a large tattoo across his chest reading, "DO NOT RESUSCITATE," followed by his signature.

California penalties on medical errors do not reduce errors

A program in California where hospitals are penalized for preventable medical errors has failed to reduce the number of errors.

New York's proposed "Lavern's Law" halted in state legislature

A law aimed at helping victims of medical malpractice did not pass the New York State Legislature.

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