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Service members and their families have been fighting for decades to overturn the Feres Doctrine, a 70-year-old court ruling that blocks members of the military and their families from suing the government for injuries like medical malpractice and wrongful death. However, all this is poised to change with recent federal legislation. The 2020 National Defense Authorization…

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On Friday, November 8, federal authorities arrested a VA doctor on charges of healthcare fraud and false statements. Javaid Perwaiz, 69, was under investigation by the FBI for nearly a year after receiving a tip from a hospital employee who suspected Perwaiz was performing unnecessary surgeries on his patients. According to an article at ABC…

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The proliferation of electronic health records (EHRs) in the medical industry has resulted in a number of benefits for doctors and patients. However, it has also created some serious, negative results. The amount of work that goes into updating these records can lead to burnout and a lack of personal interaction with patients to focus…

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According to a recent New York Times report, University of North Carolina officials ignored serious warnings from their own pediatric cardiology medical professionals concerning serious issues within the pediatric heart surgery program at UNC Children’s Hospital. Disregarding the concerns about a lack of support and resources within the program, UNC refused to publicize key measures…

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Victims of malpractice typically suffer severe injuries and find themselves struggling with medical bills and lost income. It is normal to want to know how long a malpractice case may take, from beginning to end, or when it might settle out of court. Even if a case does settle out of court, a plaintiff still…

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Insys Therapeutics, the makers of Subsys fentanyl spray, has agreed to pay $225 million “to end criminal and civil investigations into allegations that it used a system of bribes to get doctors to illegally prescribe its highly addictive product,” the Washington Post reports. The company will also plead guilty to 5 counts of mail fraud.…

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Thanks to a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2019, hospitals are now required to publish the prices of their procedures. The hospital’s price list must be made public, published online and updated each year, according to a story in Newsweek. The new law also applies to rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric hospitals and…

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Preventing veterans from committing suicide was named the “highest clinical priority” by the Veterans Administration, yet VA officials still failed to spend the $17.7 million in the suicide prevention budget for fiscal year 2018, according to a story in Time Magazine. A report published in November 2018 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found…

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Once women turn 21, most of them start getting an annual pap smear as part of their regular health care. However, new research shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) test may actually be a more accurate way of detecting cervical cancer. Replacing the pap smear with the HPV test may allow women go longer between…

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