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Medical Ethics


How Much Liposuction is Safe? The Answer Differs for Everyone

September 29, 2015 by Jenna Cyprus

Liposuction is always a hot topic, particularly when it comes to ethics. Another hot topic revolves around how much is acceptable for each patient. Many patients who see a professional about liposuction want more out of the surgery than the doctor agrees to give. In fact, it’s dangerous to give a patient more liposuction than the amount that’s been designated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).[read more]

Contract Renewal May Result in Loss of Business for Florida Hospital

September 28, 2015 by Katie Brant

Adventist Health System, parent company to Florida Hospital, renewed its contract with Florida Blue in May of this year. The contract renewal includes the termination (effective October 1, 2015) of four Florida Blue Medicare Supplement plans, leaving approximately 4,000 central Florida residents who previously had coverage without...[read more]

Broward Health Agrees to Pay Almost $70M to Settle False Claims Act Allegations - Whistleblower Could Receive More Than $12M

September 25, 2015 by Katie Brant

On September 15, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Broward Health, an operator of more than 50 health care facilities in South Florida, agreed to pay $69.5 million to settle False Claims Act allegations. Broward Health violated the Federal Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute by allegedly overcompensating referring...[read more]

Cash for mammograms is ‘ethically troubling,’ JAMA article says

September 12, 2015 by Jeanne Pinder

Summary: “Offering women money, paid time off, or other incentives to undergo mammography screening is ‘ethically troubling,’ contends the author of a viewpoint published in the September 8 issue of JAMA. A better idea is to offer women incentives for using evidence-based decision aids, irrespective of their ultimate decision for or...[read more]

Patient Survives Death Sentence - Medical Negligence?

August 30, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Doctors do not know everything.    We make mistakes and mistakes in judgment.  Sometimes we make the mistake of speaking when we should keep silent.  At times, patients ask us questions that we can’t or shouldn’t answer; and yet we do.  It shouldn’t be our objective to force certainly into an issue which is...[read more]

Who Deserves Quality Medical Care?

August 17, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Quality Care Waffle

We all should know the difference between a slogan and real substance.   One of these has size and shape while the other is just a shadow.   Why then, is the slogan so powerful?A slogan is one of the weapons wielded by the Guardians of Political Correctness.  They will point toward the slogan du jour, and then,...[read more]

Expanding Medicaid benefits for improved behavioral health care, substance abuse treatment

August 4, 2015 by Cynthia Telles

Cynthia Telles is the director of the Spanish-speaking Psychosocial Clinic of the Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital at UCLA, she is also an associate clinical professor at the university. She provides training and hosts comprehensive mental-health services to the community. Cynthia Telles has also been on the board of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plans for over 10+ years.[read more]


A Healthier Conversation

June 17, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

Lawsuits can stem from poor doctor-patient communication. So how will EHRs change the equation--for better or worse?[read more]

Why Retail Competition for Doctors Is Just Plain Scary

May 22, 2015 by Lonnie Hirsch

During the past five to 10 years, competition among healthcare providers has gone from fairly benign or annoyingly disruptive to a painful upheaval. From hospitals and health systems to solo practitioners, the competitive landscape has changed, and one of the most significant factors that many doctors find especially scary is the staggering ramp-up and value-added sophistication of retail clinics as the platform for health care delivery in the US.[read more]

Life Expectancies and Lethal Injections

May 6, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Two stories converged unexpectedly in yesterday’s news. The first was an article in the New York Times discussing income inequality and shortened life expectancies. The other story came from the US Supreme Court. The Court heard arguments in Glossip v. Gross, a case from Oklahoma about the drugs used for lethal injection executions.[read more]

Doctors and Their Patients: Commitments to Caring

January 12, 2015 by Christine Kapsa, NP, DNP

Contrasts can be startling. The contrasts in physicians’ commitment to patients in our money-soaked system can be particularly stark. Even to those of us inured to unfairness, some contrasts hit full force when you least expect them. So it was as I read an article in the New York Times shortly after reading two posts in The Health Care Blog (THCB).[read more]


BioPharma Beat: Is Commercial Support of CME A Bad Idea?

November 24, 2014 by David Davidovic

Companies are interested in funding continuing medical education because they feel that doctors need to stay on top of new medical discoveries. Yes, one can connect the dots and conclude that the more educated a physician is on current medical advances, the higher the likelihood they will use them - but what’s wrong with that?[read more]