Ambulance Service Declared a Learned Profession in NJ

Who knew? In New Jersey ambulance service is considered a “learned profession,” up there with medicine and law. And that classification provides more than prestige. It means exemption from the state’s Consumer Fraud Act (CFA). That was the ruling of the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division on June 29 …

[Read more...]

The Strange Case of the Overly Informed Surgical Consent

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s cast its June 20 opinion as standing for the proposition that a surgeon can’t delegate his duty of obtaining informed consent to anyone else—his physician assistant in the case at hand. But the opinion can also be read to say that after a surgeon has personally provided all …

[Read more...]

Admissibility of Insurance Coverage: Sauce for the Goose

When Kerrie Evans’s child was born with cystic fibrosis, she sued her nurse practitioner and doctor for failure to adequately inform her about prenatal testing for CF, making concerns about cost the centerpiece of her case. Her complaint stated that genetic counseling was covered by her insurance (to rebut …

[Read more...]

Nebraska Med Mal Cap Survives 7th, 5th & 14th Amendment Attacks

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has upheld Nebraska’s statutory medical malpractice limit, rejecting attacks that were based on the Seventh, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution. After a federal court jury awarded $17 million to a child born with severe brain damage, the …

[Read more...]

Indiana Relaxes Telemedicine Rules as of July 1

Indiana’s relaxed telemedicine rules went into effect July 1.  Generally, under the new rules a prescriber (defined as a physician, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse, optometrist, or podiatrist) may prescribe non-controlled drugs by telemedicine without an in-person exam, with the exception of …

[Read more...]

Achievements You Don’t List on Your Resume

A physician immigrated to the United States in 1991 and established a medical practice called Compassionate Doctors. By 2013 the practice and its related health care entities boasted some 44 employees and contractors, including six additional physicians and five pharmacists. On May 30 of this year, a U.S. …

[Read more...]