Solo Doc Lacks Antitrust Standing, Says Seventh Circuit

Dr. Fisher is a solo family practitioner in Oshkosh.  He had been on the Aurora Hospital medical staff for a decade when the hospital adopted a 24/7 coverage rule requiring doctors to provide 24/7 coverage, either personally or through back-up by another staff member.  Dr. Fisher, of course, could not be …

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Chiropractors May Be Guilty of Manipulation

Score one for the GEICO gecko.  A federal court in Florida has refused to dismiss a case brought by auto insurer giant GEICO accusing two chiropractic clinics of a criminal scheme to stage auto accidents and exaggerate injury and medical claims in order to defraud auto insurance companies. The alleged scheme …

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This Just In From California: Poisoning A Co-Worker Is Not Within Your Job Description

Theresa and Sara were medical assistants in a California Kaiser health facility.  They argued over how the rooms should be stocked and over some misplaced lab slips.  Theresa bided her time for a few weeks and then struck: she slipped carbolic acid into Sara’s water bottle.  Sara drank it and got pretty …

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When Is A Hospital Employee Not An Employee?

The Federal Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is wrestling with the issue of whether a locum tenens nurse working at Washington Hospital Center was an “employee” of the hospital under the hospital’s malpractice insurance policy. The issue in Interstate Fire & Casualty v. Washington Hospital …

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OIG TAKES AIM AT HOSPITAL CREDENTIALING

Does your hospital’s credentialing office feel neglected by the HHS Office of Inspector General?  Do they feel like the Maytag repair man?  If so, tell them to cheer up.  In its 2014 Work Plan, the OIG puts “Oversight of Hospital Privileging” squarely in its sights. The plan, released January 31, …

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Federal Court Orders Unscrambling of Omelet

On January 24 the U.S. District Court for Idaho ordered the unscrambling of the omelet that St. Luke’s Health System created when it acquired Saltzer Medical Group at the end of 2012.  The transaction had not required a Hart-Scott-Rodino filing and had survived an earlier request by competitors for a …

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