Blog Posts in July, 2009

  • Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word

    || 23-Jul-2009

    The University of Michigan Health System has adopted a novel approach to dealing with medical errors–doctors fess up and apologize to the affected patients. The patients are also offered compensation. Though some may believe that admitting mistakes can only encourage medical malpractice lawsuits, the University of Michigan Health System has found that lawsuits have declined. Chief risk ...
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  • Saga of the Payette Clinic Continues

    || 20-Jul-2009

    We’ve gotten a lot of response from our post about the Payette Clinic, a Vancouver, Washington, pain clinic that is under federal investigation for allegedly overprescribing pain medications. The clinic is owned by two nurse practitioners, and there are no medical doctors on staff. In March the nurse owners gave up their licenses to prescribe controlled substances such as Class II opiates ...
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  • Construction Accidents on the Rise in Texas

    || 17-Jul-2009

    The number of on-site construction fatalities in Texas in recent years has increased enough to prompt an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In 2003 there were 110 construction deaths in Texas. In 2007 there were 144, and more than half of those killed were Hispanic. OSHA plans to send additional inspectors to Texas to strengthen education and enforcement of ...
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  • When Liability Isn't a Dirty Word

    || 14-Jul-2009

    I want to share an interesting op-ed piece by law school professor Tom Baker that appeared in the New York Times on July 12, 2009. Baker also wrote the book The Medical Malpractice Myth. In the article Baker argues that while our health care system does need reform, limiting medical liability is not the answer. He believes that medical liability forces health care providers to be more responsible ...
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