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Medical Ethics

Kindred Healthcare Inc. To Pay $125 Million to Settle Allegations of False Claims

February 9, 2016 by Katie Brant

Kindred Healthcare Inc. (Kindred), the largest skilled therapy provider in the nation, has agreed to pay $125 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA). Kindred is accused of billing Medicare for therapy services that were unnecessary or never occurred, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced January 12, 2016.[read more]

FDA’s Agenda for 2016: Biggest Issues on Agency’s Calendar for the New Year

January 13, 2016 by Katie Brant

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has great influence on a vast array of issues impacting the medical industry in the U.S. The decisions it makes in 2016 will have a significant impact for health care providers and on the lives of many Americans. Here is a look at the top issues on the agency’s agenda in 2016.[read more]

Why My Patient Left the Office

January 11, 2016 by Michael Kirsch
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A patient came to the office and refused to see me, although I was quite willing to see him. I’ll present the scenario followed by the patient’s reason he took an abrupt U-turn. Then, if you are inclined, you may offer your own advice and comment.[read more]

How Martin Shkreli is driving down drug prices

December 17, 2015 by David E Williams

Breaking news: Martin Shkreli has been arrested for securities fraud. Not surprising, but actually I was hoping this wouldn’t occur for a while –at least until some of his drug pricing schemes had played all the way out.[read more]

Should patients choose doctors who are friends?

December 10, 2015 by David E Williams
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In the social media era, it’s common to read articles discussing the blurring boundaries in the doctors/patient relationship. Usually it’s some version of, “Should a doctor accept friend requests from patients on Facebook?” or “Is it ok for doctors to Google their patients?”[read more]

What Doctors Can Learn From Unhappy Patients

December 2, 2015 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Picture this scenario. You have an unhappy patient in your office, and, frankly, nobody on the staff (much less the doctor) is eager to jump into that thunderstorm. Here are some tips on what to do when the storm clouds form...[read more]

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Addiction: The Road to Recovery After the Hospital

November 24, 2015 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff
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The prevalence of addictions has risen sharply in recent years. According to the CDC, 2.5% of people over the age of 12 have illegally used drugs in the past month. Since addictions are more common than ever before, medical professionals are looking for new ways to help treat their patients. Many doctors are trying to treat addictions with the use suboxane. However, others prefer alternative treatments.[read more]

Head of the DOJ's Antitrust Division Raises Concerns About Two Proposed Mega-Mergers Between Leading Health Insurers

November 20, 2015 by Katie Brant

The anticipated mergers between four leading health insurers, namely, Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., and Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., are causing quite a stir among the American Medical Association (AMA) and antitrust enforcers. They view these mergers as being detrimental to competition and a possible violation of antitrust laws and principles.[read more]

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Theranos for President?

November 17, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

In an election year, it is normal for hype to overwhelm scrutiny--but not when the subject is health technology. Theranos has risen high on a good story, but we need more than a narrative from the disruptive forces in American medicine.[read more]

HIPAA Basics For Licensed Health Care Professionals: Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules

November 16, 2015 by Katie Brant

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a HIPAA fact sheet for health care professionals and organizations. We could all use a little refresher from time-to-time.[read more]

Emergency Nurses: An Overabundance of Violence

November 11, 2015 by Annette Hogan

As part of a normal workday, emergency nurses witness the injuries and human suffering that result from violence. But what about when emergency nurses become victims of violence?[read more]

When Should a Doctor Lose His License?

November 2, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Losing a medical license is the most serious professional sanction that a physician can receive. When should such a penalty be handed out? Read on to see some hypothetical scenarios, and comment with your opinion.[read more]