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Hospitals slow to adopt patient apology policies

Hospitals slow to adopt patient apology policies

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 15, 2015

Deaths, whether inevitable or caused by preventable medical errors, happen daily at most hospitals. But few have adopted best practices for handling complaints or even questions from family members and caregivers, whose first and understandable reaction often starts with the word “why.”

Detroit-area cancer doctor gets 45 years in prison for fraud

Detroit-area cancer doctor gets 45 years in prison for fraud

By Associated Press  |  July 10, 2015

Calling the scheme "horrific," a judge sentenced a Detroit-area cancer doctor to 45 years in prison Friday for collecting millions from insurance companies while poisoning more than 500 patients through needless treatments that wrecked their health.

Patients heap scorn on cancer doctor at his sentencing

By Associated Press  |  July 07, 2015

Telling stories of deep anguish, patients and their relatives described Tuesday how a Detroit-area cancer doctor wrecked their lives through excessive treatments and intentional misdiagnoses while he collected millions of dollars from insurers.

'Stunning' number of extreme drug doses by doc, expert says

By Associated Press  |  July 06, 2015

Patients of a Detroit-area doctor received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug, exposing them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people.

Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at AMA meeting

By Associated Press  |  June 08, 2015

Should old doctors be forced to retire? That question is the focus of a new report by an American Medical Association council that says doctors themselves should help decide when one of their own needs to stop working.

Integrated systems need to complete the loop with liability coverage

Integrated systems need to complete the loop with liability coverage

By Dr. R. James Brenner  |  May 06, 2015

Strategies for the next generation of integrated healthcare systems in the U.S. seem focused on two important components: First, patients are enrolled directly into hospital health plans. Second, healthcare personnel are employed—directly or indirectly—within an institutional framework.

Providers argue Kentucky ruling threatens data for safety efforts

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 01, 2015

Hospital and patient-safety groups are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a court ruling they say could undermine patient-safety organizations by eroding protections that keep certain medical documents out of liability lawsuits.

Missouri House sends medical malpractice caps to governor

By Associated Press  |  April 22, 2015

A measure to reinstate limits on lawsuit awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is heading to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's desk three years after the state Supreme Court overturned lower caps.

Practice Makes Perfect: Turn risk into opportunity under new reimbursement models

Practice Makes Perfect: Turn risk into opportunity under new reimbursement models

By Dea Robinson  |  March 13, 2015

Alternative payment models come in different forms, such as bundled payments or ACOs. Physician practices and other organizations preparing for new reimbursement models should consider their patient population and their ability to take on risk, and experiment with their current payer mix.

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