States enact, consider laws to decrease MOC requirements Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 April 2016 17:43

Oklahoma is the first state to pass a law removing maintenance of certification as a licensure, reimbursement or employment requirement for physicians, and Kentucky opted for a measure that prohibits making MOC a condition of licensure. Michigan lawmakers are considering legislation to prevent hospitals from denying admitting privileges for physicians on the basis of MOC, and a Missouri bill would ban the state's allopathic and osteopathic physician oversight board from requiring MOC for licensure.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2016 17:46
Unauthorized Filming for "NY Med" Results in $2.2 Million Settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 25 April 2016 00:00

According to a 4.21.16 post:
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has reached a $2.2 million settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) for the egregious disclosure of two patients' protected health information (PHI) to film crews and staff during the filming of "NY Med," an ABC television series, without first obtaining authorization from the patients. In particular, OCR found that NYP allowed the ABC crew to film someone who was dying and another person in significant distress, even after a medical professional urged the crew to stop.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 18:01
How an obscure medical technology caught the eye of Joe Biden. And John Grisham. Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Robbins   
Saturday, 16 April 2016 15:15

Rebecca Robbins reporting for late last week:

An obscure medical technique involving zapping a body part with converging beams of sound is finally getting some high-profile attention.

Focused ultrasound, as the procedure is known, is used commercially in the United States to treat just a few medical conditions, including uterine fibroids and prostate cancer. Just over two dozen hospitals and clinics across the country offer it. Hardly any insurers will pay for it.

But an irreverent, impatient, retired neurosurgeon has made it his mission to accelerate development of the treatment - and this week, he got an opportunity to do that in a big way when he was named to a panel advising Vice President Joe Biden on the national cancer moonshot initiative.

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Ousted Broward Health chairman fights governor in court Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 18:19

Bob Norman
, Investigative Reporter for, reports on 4.9.16:

A high-stakes power struggle at taxpayer-financed Broward Health spilled into a Broward County courtroom Friday as the tax-assisted public health system's chairman, David DiPietro, alleged Friday that Gov. Rick Scott illegally removed him from office during a state investigation of the agency.

This is just another in a string of negative headlines for the flagship health system. In the ongoing saga, the organization is facing FBI and state Office of Inspector General investigations along with the January suicide of its CEO, Nabil El Sanadi, MD. Stay tuned.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 15:05
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