Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report Highlights Recent Medical Malpractice Developments In Four States

Summaries of recent developments related to medical malpractice in four states appear below. * Indiana: The rates that physicians pay to participate in the state Patient’s Compensation Fund will decrease by 19.1% next year, and the rates that hospitals pay will decrease by 1.3%, according to the Indiana Department of Insurance, the Indianapolis Star reports. […]

Report Of The Inquiry Into Allegations Of Abuse At The Brothers Of Charity Services, Galway Between 1965 And 1998, Ireland

Dr. Jimmy Devins TD, Minister of State for Disability and Mental Health, noted the publication yesterday by the HSE of the Report of the Inquiry into Allegations of Abuse at the Brothers of Charity Services, Galway between 1965 and 1998. The report, commissioned by the HSE, deals with allegations of serious abuse at the Holy […]

Nurse Suspended For Lack Of Competence, UK

A 55 year old nurse from Thornton Heath, Surrey was suspended on Friday, 23 November, 2007 at a Conduct and Competence hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in London. Mr Tennyon Lansana was employed by Bromley Hospital NHS Trust at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough, Kent when on several occasions he demonstrated […]

Republican Presidential Candidate Romney Calls For Caps On Noneconomic, Punitive Damages In Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) on Tuesday in Iowa called for caps on noneconomic and punitive damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, the AP/Houston Chronicle reports. During a speech at Des Moines University, Romney said, “I believe we have to enact federal caps on noneconomic and punitive damages related to malpractice,” adding, […]

Nurse Who Demonstrated A Lack Of Basic Anatomical Knowledge Found Guilty Of Misconduct, UK

A 53 year old nurse from Birmingham who was found guilty of a string of allegations of misconduct which occurred between May and July 2005 will no longer be able to work as a nurse. Yvonne Zanele Cemane was employed at Rylands Nursing and Residential Home at the time she was charged with 8 counts […]

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report Highlights Recent Medical Malpractice Developments In Arizona, Illinois

Summaries of recent developments related to medical malpractice in two states appear below. * Arizona: Arizona Senate Health Committee Chair Carolyn Allen (R) this year plans to reintroduce a bill that would make medical malpractice lawsuits against emergency department physicians more difficult for plaintiffs to win, the Capitol Media/Arizona Daily Star reports. The legislation would […]

California Fines Health Net $1M For Lying About Linking Employee Bonuses To Policy Cancellations

The California Department of Managed Health Care on Thursday fined Health Net $1 million for lying to state investigators about paying employees bonuses based on the number of individual health insurance policies they canceled, the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/16). State law prohibits insurers from providing compensation to claims reviewers based […]

FDA Issues Revised Procedures For Panel Conflict Disclosures

FDA on Thursday issued proposed guidelines to increase transparency regarding potential conflicts of interest of members on its advisory panels, Dow Jones reports. Advisory panels — convened to offer recommendations to FDA on health policy issues, and new drugs and medical devices — are made up of external academic, medical and federal experts (Corbett Dooren, […]

American Health Lawyers Association Holds Annual Fundamentals Of Health Law Program

More than 350 healthcare attorneys from across the country will meet in Chicago from December 2-4, 2007 to attend the American Health Lawyers Association’s 2007 Fundamentals of Health Law Program at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Hotel. With more than twenty separate sessions, this program is designed to be an excellent refresher for experienced health lawyers […]