New York has a new law to prevent out of network charges when one goes to the ED. The law also says charges are subject to an independent dispute resolution process.
The US Senate Dems attempted to pass a bill to overturn an administration rule that allows people to get cheaper insurance than Ocare. The Senate rejected the proposal along party lines except for one senator who is up for re-election. Top
The University of New Mexico is going to lose its neurosurgery residency program next year. The reason is the lack of a well rounded program that is now too skewed towards trauma. The University will have to continue to pay the salaries of the eight residents as they move forward in their training. The University will hire NPs and other lower paid people to care for the patients but state this will have no impact on patient care.
Miami's Jackson Health System was fined $2.15 million for HIPAA violations by the OCR. They lost paper records of 756 patients but after an investigation they were also found to have lost additional boxes of paper records and had not reported it. Separately it was found that an employee had accessed thousands of records and sold the information on line. This is without the system knowing about it due to lax safeguards. Top
Dr. Kristin Dobay voluntarily gave up his license to practice medicine after the Tennessee Medical Board found him guilty of unethical conduct for over prescribing controlled substances. He was prescribing narcotics to his girl friend under the name of another doctor. If he did not give up his license it was going to be yanked.
The Tennessee Department of Health is filing charges against RaDonda Vaught, a former Vanderbilt RN who accidentally gave a patient a fatal dose of vecuronium instead of Versed. She is also being charged with criminal neglect for the accident.
The California Medical Board is going after at least three physicians that gamed the system regarding vaccinations. The most egregious was Dr. Tara Zandvliet of the San Diego area who gave out over 1000 exemptions. The other two physicians are Dr. Robert Sears of Capistrano Beach and Kenneth Stoller of Santa Rosa. Let us hope they all lose their license. Top
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