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On July 29, 2005, President George W. Bush signed legislation known as the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA) of 2005, heralding the legislation as a critical step toward the goal of ensuring top-quality and patient-driven health care for United States citizens. This legislative initiative followed a 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, which estimated that at least 44,000, and potentially as many of 98,000, people die in U.S. hospitals each year as a result of preventable medical errors. The report, titled “To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System,” recommended that legislation be passed to develop a reporting system by which medical errors could be identified, analyzed, and used to prevent future medical errors.
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By Janice G. Inman
In a drug or medical device injury case, one of the defense’s most potent arguments is often that the product in question underwent FDA approval, so the balance of its safety and efficacy has already been determined. But when a device is approved for sale to the public through the FDA’s 510(k) process, the rigorous safety and efficacy analysis required of new and unique medical devices has not been undertaken.
By Kevin Quinley
For health care services to serve an influx of patients, so-called “physician extenders” now carry out functions previously performed by doctors. The aim of this article is to examine factors driving the growth in physician extenders, identify liability “hotspots” and offer tactics for health care providers to use in managing professional/medical liability risks.
By Mitch Warnock
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
Your paralyzed client currently has many problems to deal with, but the future holds many more. In order to advocate for your client, you need to gain an understanding of his or her current and future challenges, and work to maximize the resources your client will need to deal with them.
By Janice G. Inman
When an injury occurs, the first reaction of those in the medical office might be to ask, "Did the patient sign an informed consent form?" When the answer is "Yes," and the harm that occurred is listed as a possibility on that signed form, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. Right? Not so fast.