Last time, we looked briefly at new lung cancer screening technology and noted that physicians have the duty to take appropriate action with regard to cancer screening, whether this means referring a patient to a specialist or ordering appropriate tests for the patient.
When it comes to treating cancer, early detection and treatment are critical to success. Screening guidelines exist for a wide variety of cancers, with breast, colon, and skin cancer being among the more well known and performed screenings. Some forms of cancer are harder to diagnose than others.
In our last post, we looked briefly at a federal program known as CANDOR which aims to help federally funded hospitals adopt dispute resolution programs which increase hospital and provider transparency in dealing with patients. The program is being promoted
A federal program being promoted by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is now seeking to implement in federally funded hospitals some of the same principles that have made the dispute resolution model used at the University of Michigan Health System so successful.
Readers may remember that not long after the death of comedian Joan Rivers, stories started popping up in the headlines that her family was accusing a New York clinic where she received treatment of negligence in caring for her. Rivers died about a week after an appointment at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan.
In our last post, we began speaking a bit about the rules of evidence in medical malpractice cases. Our discussion is specifically about physician admissions of fault and their place in medical malpractice cases. As we’ve noted, Michigan law prevents medical malpractice plaintiffs from using a physician’s sympathetic communications against him or her in court.
In our last post, we looked very briefly at a Michigan law which protects sympathetic physician communications from being used in court. Such statements are not necessarily critical for proving medical negligence, though, and the law does not protect physician admissions of fault or negligence from being used against them in medical malpractice litigation.
Last time, we mentioned that Michigan is among a group of state that have passed measures to protect physicians from having their apologies used against them in medical malpractice litigation. In this post, we wanted to say a bit more about this law and how it can affect an injured patient's ability to build a strong case for negligence.
A recent CNN article took a look at what is becoming an increasingly important issue in the medical profession—the power of physician apologies when mistakes have been made. It has been known for some time that adding a touch of transparency and sincerity can go a long way in managing medical malpractice litigation, and 36 states currently have laws promoting physician apologies.
In our previous post, we began looking at medical malpractice as one important form of regulation of the medical industry. Malpractice litigation provides regulation of the medical profession through—or with reference to—the court system, even when cases settle outside the adversarial process.