A federal court jury in South Dakota awarded a surgeon in excess of $1.1 million in damages for breach of contract. The surgeon, Dr. Linda Miller, claimed that she was forced to resign from the Huron Regional Medical Center where she had staff privileges as a surgeon. The jury awarded $586,617 in lost wages, $343,640 in […]
Last week, the Thirteenth District Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi-Edinburg dealt another blow to peer review in Texas. The Court dismissed a neurosurgeon’s claims that the hospital where he had privileges made false and defamatory claims against him and conducted a “sham” peer review proceeding. The Court held that the Hospital’s actions were “protected speech” under the TCPA (also known as SLAPP, for “Strategic […]
A federal court jury awarded a surgeon in South Dakota damages of more that $1.1 million, finding that her former employer, Huron Regional Medical Center, breached her contract. According to the suit, Dr. Linda Miller was forced to resign after a peer review process was held. Dr. Miller claimed that the peer review process was […]
Check out my post on the Law in the Workplace blog to read about four common flaws that make non-compete agreements unenforceable.
Dr. Miguel Gomez is a thoracic and vascular surgeon in Houston. In 2012, he filed suit against Memorial Hermann Hospital System and certain individual physicians, in which he asserted claims for business disparagement, defamation, tortious interference, and improper restraint of trade. The suit arises out of a peer review proceeding against Dr. Gomez, who claimed that the peer […]
Mayo has adopted a new practice of preferring privately insured patients over Medicaid and Medicare patients. Is this a trend that will spread? For more, read the story from Beckers Hospital Review: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/mayo-clinic-to-give-preference-to-privately-insured-over-medicaid-medicare-patients.html
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After years of turmoil, this nightmare finally came to a conclusion. There are many lessons to be learned from these events. One of them is that honest peer review is vital to hospital/patient safety. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/21/doctor-convicted-life-sentence/98185712/
In December of 2015, federal Judge Robert L. Pitman declined to dismiss Teladoc’s antitrust suit, holding that the TMB was not immune (as it had argued) from such claims. The decision pointed to the February 2015 Supreme Court decision, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, which denied sovereign immunity to […]
The rule issued by the Texas Medical Board requiring physicians to conduct a face-to-face or in-person visit with a patient in order to establish a defined physician-patient relationship, was not slated to go into effect until June 3, 2015. With the proverbial ball squarely in its court, Teladoc, a Dallas-based provider of telehealth services, sued […]