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September 2017 Archives

Why the nursing shortage is everyone's problem

Whether you've spent a lot of time in hospitals or are one of the lucky individuals who only visits your physician's office for yearly checkups, one commonality you've doubtlessly encountered is nurses. From yearly physicals to emergency room visits, nurses play a major -- and essential -- role in health care. They are vital to the medical community, performing the bulk of smaller tasks, administering tests, caring for patients and even double-checking doctors. Indeed, there isn't enough time to list all the ways that nurses are essential in health care.

Insys, doctors are sued for improper marketing of dangerous drug

The attorney general for Arizona filed a civil lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics on Wednesday, Aug. 30. In doing so, he accused the pharmaceutical manufacturing giant of deceptively marketing one of its drugs. He also accused the Chandler-based company of having kept a few select doctors on its payroll as speakers, doctors Insys rewarded monetarily for over-prescribing their high powered opioid spray Subsys.

The feds find that many cases of nursing home abuse go unreported

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently audited a large number of Medicare records across 33 states. On Monday, August 28th, DHHS' inspector general issued an "early alert" warning aimed at Medicare. They'd discovered that at least 25 percent of all cases of physical or sexual abuse that were occurring in nursing homes was not being reported to police as required under federal law.

Why patients end up suing their doctors for malpractice

The threat of being sued for medical malpractice is a real one for those who work in the medical profession. While at least 93 percent of all cases are either dropped or settled outside of court, at least seven percent end up being hashed out at trial. The outcomes of those cases can greatly impact the medical professional's reputation.

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