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ED staff deserves a safe place to work Print E-mail
Written by Edwin Leap, MD | KevinMD   
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 16:38

Many years ago, it was called the emergency room. Now we call it the emergency department. However, unlike so many departments in the world, the emergency department has almost too many purposes, duties, and mandates to number. However, in the process of being the under-funded safety net for American health care, it has also become a place of remarkable danger where medical and nursing staff, support personnel and even patients face the threat of violence every single day. The two South Carolina shootings in April, in Laurens and Orangeburg, are bloody testaments to this fact.

Dealing with the Lingering Effects of a Mass Shooting Print E-mail
Written by Anna Almendrala | KHN   
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:00

Veronica Kelley
was working at an office building across the street from the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif., in December 2015 when a county employee and his wife entered with semiautomatic rifles and opened fire, killing 14 and wounding 22. Most of the victims were co-workers of the gunman. The couple went on to wound two police officers later that day before being fatally shot by police. Since then, Kelley, the 52-year-old director of the county Department of Behavioral Health, has broadened the department's focus to caring for people struggling with psychological trauma from mass shootings - no matter how they're insured. Kelley and her department have seen firsthand how the psychological wounds of mass trauma can linger indefinitely. In the San Bernardino shooting, more than 400 people were either victims, witnesses or first responders.

DOJ Intervenes in FCA Lawsuit Filed Against Medical Device Maker Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 15:44

The U.S. Department of Justice has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against medical device maker Life Spine Inc., along with the company's founder and its VP for Business Development. The lawsuit alleges that the company paid millions of dollars in kickbacks to surgeons in exchange for using its spinal implants, equipment and other devices. It's alleged the surgeons who received these payments accounted for approximately half of Life Spine's total domestic sales of spinal products from 2012 through 2018. The original qui tam lawsuit was filed under seal in 2018 by BNHT LLC under the False Claims Act. The Relators were identified as four former Life Spine employees. The False Claims Act allows those who discover fraud to sue on behalf of the government. The government can choose to intervene, as it did in this case, or allow the case to move forward privately. The Relators, in turn, can receive a percentage of what is recovered.
Anthem irks docs Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 05 August 2019 17:19

Samantha Liss reports for Healthcare Dive on 8.2.19:  
Anthem is again ruffling the feathers of providers. This time over a new reimbursement policy denying payment for certain follow-up office visits the same day a procedure is performed. The policy could impact many specialists and primary care doctors... It's the latest in a string of controversial policies from Anthem. The Blue Cross payer that insures 40 million people has taken steps to rein in costs by enforcing different payment policies based on site of care and other factors... As deductibles rise and patients are shouldering a greater burden of the cost of care, insurers may be feeling the pressure from employers to wring out costs from the provider side... For providers, the big fear is the change will result in unjustified claim denials and encourage other payers to adopt similar measures.

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This college dropout was bedridden for 11 years. Then he invented a surgery and cured himself Print E-mail
Written by FHInews   
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 17:25

Ryan Prior reports for CNN on 7.27.19:
Doug Lindsay was 21 and starting his senior year at Rockhurst University, a Jesuit college in Kansas City, Missouri, when his world imploded. After his first day of classes, the biology major collapsed at home on the dining room table, the room spinning around him. Itwas 1999. The symptoms soon became intense and untreatable. His heart would race, he felt weak and he frequently got dizzy. Lindsay could walk only about 50 feet at a time and couldn't stand for more than a few minutes. "Even lying on the floor didn't feel like it was low enough," he said. The former high school track athlete had dreamed of becoming a biochemistry professor or maybe a writer for "The Simpsons." Instead, he would spend the next 11 years mostly confined to a hospital bed in his living room in St. Louis, hamstrung by a mysterious ailment.
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