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.

A human touch with patient complaints could mean fewer lawsuits

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 18, 2015

Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, N.C., dramatically reduced the number of lawsuits it faces and its professional liability insurance premiums after adopting a specific methodology for handling patient complaints and grievances.

Patient advocates oppose defunding N.Y. doc profile site

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 25, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to save $1.2 million by defunding the state's website is coming under fire from a coalition of 16 patient- and consumer-advocacy groups who call the plan “a dangerous step backwards in the effort for greater transparency in...

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