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Electronic Health Records Could Give Rise To More Liability Risk

Electronic health record (EHR) systems likely will soon become a fixture in medical settings. Advocates claim they will reduce health care costs and improve medical outcomes, which could be critical since the new health care reform law increases access for millions of Americans. Although benefits of bringing information technology to health records can be substantial, […]

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Liability Issues Limit Recreational Use Of Public School Facilities

Encouraging physical activity is vital to positive health outcomes and is a worthwhile public health goal. Although most public schools have some recreational facilities that could be used outside of regular school hours, concerns over liability have limited their use. In a study in the July issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers […]

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Apologies May Fuel Settlement Of Legal Disputes

Apologies may be good for more than just the soul, according to research by a University of Illinois professor of law and of psychology. Jennifer Robbennolt says her studies show that apologies can potentially help resolve legal disputes ranging from injury cases to wrongful firings, giving wounded parties a sense of justice and satisfaction that […]

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Update On Regulatory Implementation Of Federal Parity Law

On February 2 the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury (the Departments), published an interim final rule (IFR) to implement the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) supports the IFR, as published, and has urged the Departments to […]

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Voice Your Opposition And Desire To Repeal ‘ObamaCare’ Now!

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann formally introduced a bill (with co-sponsors) that would repeal President Obama’s Health-Care Plan discussed at BMED Report here and here. Congresswoman Bachmann asks for your support by signing an online petition. Many Americans have serious concerns about the government take over of healthcare, new taxation of Americans with decent private insurance, fining […]

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Better Patient Safety Linked To Fewer Medical Malpractice Claims In California

Reducing the number of preventable patient injuries in California hospitals from 2001 to 2005 was associated with a corresponding drop in malpractice claims against physicians, according to a study issued today by the RAND Corporation. Researchers studied both medical malpractice claims and adverse events such as post-surgical infections across California counties and found that changes […]

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