Valleywide Legal Blog

Physician Conflicts of Interest

Physicians occupy a special place in our society.  They are respected and honored.  They are often well-compensated for their efforts.  We trust our doctors.  Very few patients ever think that the doctor who is recommending surgery or a particular treatment … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Hip Replacement, Hospitals, joint replacement, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Orthopedics, PODS, Secrecy |

The Never Event.

In 2001, the concept of “never events” was introduced.  The idea was that a never event was one which was identifiable, caused serious injury or death and was almost always preventable.  The original list has grown and there are now … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Medication Errors, never events, Nurses, Pharmacy Malpractice, Prescription Errors, retained surgical instruments, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

The Dishonest Hospital

I came across an interesting story recently that resonated with me because I have seen this in my practice.  A Kentucky woman who noticed a lump in her breast went to have it checked out at a local hospital.  The … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Fraud, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Mammogram, medical charts, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

Doctors Behaving Badly.

Most of the instances of medical malpractice I see in my practice are of the unintentional variety.  Someone made a mistake that ended up hurting a patient.  There is another variety of medical malpractice, however, and my partner and I … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Cancer, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Lawsuits, medical charts, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice lawyers |

Health Care Rationing Is Here and Always Has Been

Very few words stir more passion when discussing health care than “rationing.”  It sounds terrible.  It conjures up images of loved ones being denied life-saving treatment.  It gives rise to attention-seeking politicians claiming there are “death panels” coming for you … Read More

Posted in Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Rationing, Secrecy |

The Coming (?) Telehealth Revolution.

The telehealth revolution is either coming or it is already here.  It depends on whom you ask.  Regardless of whom you ask, they will be quick to tell you that more is on the way.  As with any fast-growing field, … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Board Certification, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, General Health, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, science news, Vaccines |

Small Town Hospitals And The Profit Motive.

If you live in a small town, you probably have a problem obtaining quality health care.  Big cities get the big hospitals and lots of doctors practicing every medical specialty you can think of.  Small towns get what is left.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, General Health, Health Care Costs, heart attack, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Stroke |

Hospitals Continue to Hide the Ball.

As anyone who observes our health care delivery system in action knows, hospitals are hotbeds of medical errors.  It is not all their fault but it is a fact.  There are so many people participating in patient care.  There are … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Fraud, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Nurses, plaintiff, Secrecy |

Tort Reform Fails to Deliver.

A recurring theme in American political life is the insistence that consumers are the victims of rapacious medical malpractice lawyers, who sue at the drop of a hat and whose actions raise health care costs for all of the rest … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice damages caps, Medical Negligence, tort reform |

Defensive Medicine is a Fraud.

Defensive medicine is the name doctors give to the tests or treatment they admit are unnecessary but they order anyway out of what they claim is fear of being sued for malpractice.  It is an unethical fraud and the doctors … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, tort reform |