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Arming Ourselves Against Physician Burnout

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Sep 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals everywhere are experiencing burnout due to stress related factors. The suicide rate among physicians is more than double that of the general population. Burnout and depression can lead to medical error, something no patient wants to experience.

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Topics: Prevention, Doctor-Patient Relationships, Mental Health, Medical Malpractice

Medicare Advantage Starts Strong in 2018

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Feb 16, 2018 2:31:29 PM

Medicare Advantage plans, with their reduced or free premiums and low out of pocket costs, have been a great help to many people. According to new data, the Advantage program looks ready to have another positive year of growth in 2018.

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Topics: Medical Malpractice, Continuing Medical Education

Positive Trends in Medicaid

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Feb 2, 2018 8:54:47 AM

With the debate over the ACA and healthcare reform raging in Washington, it seems like the only headlines made by the Federal healthcare structure these days are negative. However, a new study shows reasons to be positive about some of the changes that have been made in the Medicaid system.

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Topics: Medical Malpractice, Continuing Medical Education

Patient Matching Could be Key in Lowering Medical Malpractice

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Aug 16, 2017 8:35:01 PM

Lawmakers want the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to focus on patient matching, an issue health IT groups have previously called for.  In a report (PDF) released ahead of Wednesday morning’s markup of the committee’s 2018 budget bill, which maintained a $22 million cut to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) proposed by the Trump administration, lawmakers pointed to patient data matching, along with prescription drug monitoring, as two agency priorities in the coming year.

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Topics: Medical Malpractice, Continuing Medical Education

Florida Supreme Court Rules Medical Malpractice Award Caps Unconstitutional

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Jul 27, 2017 1:45:20 PM

On June 8, 2017, the Florida Supreme Court ruled on the Medical Malpractice Award Cap stating it was unconstitutional in the North Broward Hospital District, et al v. Kalitan case.  In a 4-3 ruling, the state’s highest court affirmed the Fourth District Court of Appeal's 2015 decision finding the cap, established by Section 766.118 of the Florida Statutes, unfairly hurt those most severely injured by doctors mistakes.  This ruling was heavily based on the 2014 ruling in The Estate of McCall v. USA.  Both the decisions in Kalitan and McCall disregard the Select Task Force on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance that was appointed by then Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002.

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Topics: Medical Malpractice, Continuing Medical Education

Bill Proposes Limits to Malpractice Awards

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Jun 30, 2017 2:26:55 PM

More medical litigation in the news. A bill before the House of Representatives proposes limits on non-economic damages awarded to patients.

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Topics: Medical Malpractice

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