How the Travel Ban Could Adversely Affect Health Care

How the Travel Ban Could Adversely Affect Health Care

Healthcare Blog
President Donald Trump has made immigration reform a priority for his administration, issuing two executive orders that restricted travel from several predominantly Muslim nations in the first few weeks of his new presidency.  Although the first travel ban was struck down for being too broad, a reworked ban targets immigration from Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia (Iraq had been on the prior order). The more recent ban stalls refugee entry for 120 days and suspends entry from the stipulated countries for 90 days. The latest order is currently under judicial review. Trump has said that immigrants from these nations are more likely to have terrorist ties and pose a threat to national security. Although his national security concerns do have some merit, these new restrictions are having a deleterious effect…
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How to Choose the Right Medical Malpractice Expert Witness

How to Choose the Right Medical Malpractice Expert Witness

Medical-Legal Blog
The 3 most important factors to consider when hiring a medical expert witness If you are heading into a malpractice trial, you will quickly find a wide array of choices for medical malpractice expert witnesses. You’ll also find that the cost of this service varies greatly, making it a very difficult decision for most.  So how do you choose the right medical expert witness for your case? Here are the 3 most important factors to consider before making your decision. You Get What You Pay For Should you go with the more respected medical expert who charges exorbitant fees or someone with more reasonable fees but with less distinguished credentials? Some experts may charge up to $1,000 an hour, so hiring a witness is a pricy investment. There are many…
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Top 3 Medical Specialties with Highest Malpractice Risk

Top 3 Medical Specialties with Highest Malpractice Risk

Medical-Legal Blog
Malpractice lawsuits are much more than a common occurrence in medicine; they are practically a fixture of the medical profession.  If you practice long enough, you will eventually be sued.  According to the American Medical Association, five percent of physicians are the subject of malpractice suits each year.  There is however significant variation in the likelihood of a malpractice claim based on specialty. While neurosurgery has the highest malpractice risk, with a 19.1 percent risk annually, the lowest risk specialty was psychiatry with just a 2.6 percent annual risk. These figures were taken from a RAND study of 41,000 physicians from 1991 to 2005. There are many legal justifications for these lawsuits, but the most common included: Improper diagnosis- 31% Abnormal injury to patient- 31% Failure to treat- 12% Neurosurgery…
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Republican Effort to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Faces Enormous Challenges

Republican Effort to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Faces Enormous Challenges

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For years, the Republican party has promised to abolish the Affordable Care Act, and with the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency, the moment appeared to have arrived. However, the GOP—which now controls the executive branch as well as both legislative houses—is having difficulty creating a legislative package that appeals to the entire party. The first GOP bill, the American Health Care Act, was authored by House Speaker Paul Ryan and appears to be a divisive proposal that many conservatives are unwilling to support. The American Health Care Act was introduced on March 6, 2017 and replaces government subsidies under ACA with tax credits. It would retain the health insurance marketplaces and allow children to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26. While it would also bar insurers…
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