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  • Florida Bill Outlaws Asking Patients About Guns (Bill Passed and will be signed by gov)

    05/09/2011 11:07:18 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 33 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | May 9, 2011 | Emily P. Walker
    The Florida state legislature has passed a bill that would make it illegal for pediatricians and other physicians to ask patients or their parents whether they have guns in their home. Pediatricians often ask the question at initial well-child visits as a platform to discuss how to safely store guns in the home in order to prevent accidental shootings. But under the law -- expected to be signed soon by Florida's governor -- doctors would face a $500 fine for inquiring about gun ownership and recording it in a patient's medical record. That fine would increase if a physician asked...
  • UM doctors get protection from lawsuits

    05/04/2011 9:12:41 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 04, 2011 | Patricia Mazzei
    In a long-sought move, the University of Miami won a legislative victory on Wednesday when Florida lawmakers agreed to extend state lawsuit protection to university doctors working in public hospitals. Gov. Rick Scott will likely sign the bill into law. Scott is also expected to sign another lawsuit-limitation bill that passed Wednesday that changes the way people can sue automobile makers. The vote to give “sovereign immunity” to UM has been years in the making. The state protects government hospital employees, residents and interns — including those at Miami’s Jackson Health System — from major medical malpractice judgments. But UM...
  • Why does Obama have 2 different birth doctors? Buffalo News, Snopes, Hawaii disagree on attending

    05/04/2011 9:31:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    wnd ^ | 5/4/11 | Bob Unruh
    The White House release of a copy of Barack Obama's long-form Hawaian birth certificate continues to raise more questions – since the name of the president's attending physician differs from previous published reports. The name on the purported birth certificate lists Dr. David Sinclair as the obstetrician who delivered Obama in 1961. But reports by the Buffalo News and supposedly confirmed by the hoaxbusting website indicate the name of Obama's birth physician was Dr. Rodney T. West. Here is an image of what the White House claims is Obama's official, long-form birth certificate, with Sinclair's name listed as the...
  • Wanted: Fewer science nerds, more 'culturally competent' doctors

    04/29/2011 7:31:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | April 28, 2011 | Madison Park
    The test that all medical school applicants take could place greater emphasis on behavioral and social sciences, adding a new component and lengthening the test to seven hours, if proposed changes are accepted. Members of the committee that proposed the changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) say that this could help better identify applicants who have a greater understanding of behavioral and social factors that contribute to health problems. “We want to broaden the knowledge base that students have about those factors that influence health,” said committee chair Dr. Steven Gabbe, who is also CEO of the Ohio...
  • Pediatricians say gun privacy bill would muzzle them(FL)(Barf Alert)

    04/23/2011 8:26:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 72 replies ^ | 22 April, 2011 | Stacey Singer
    The first funeral Dr. Louis St. Petery attended as a young doctor was for a 2-year-old. His tiny patient's 5-year-old sibling had discovered a loaded handgun in dad's bedside table, aimed it at the toddler and pulled the trigger. "That made quite an impression," said St. Petery, a pediatric cardiologist. It's standard practice now for pediatricians to ask safety questions of parents: Is there a pool in the home? Do you have car seats and use seat belts? Do you have a gun in the house, and if so, is it locked up, with ammunition stored and locked separately? The...
  • Doctors Support Virginia Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare

    04/07/2011 9:53:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies ^ | 6/6/11 | Personal Liberty News Desk
    The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has joined the fight against Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. On April 4, the AAPS filed an amicus brief in support of the Commonwealth of Virginia's case against the Affordable Care Act, asking the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to declare the individual health insurance mandate unConstitutional. In addition, the claim states that the mandate is not severable from the rest of the ACA. Officials from the AAPS argue that the individual mandate in Obamacare violates the Commerce Clause, Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which limits...
  • Doctors to Go on 2-Day Strike

    04/03/2011 12:47:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 4/3/11 | Maayana Miskin
    The Israeli Medical Association has announced the beginning of a doctors' strike on Tuesday. The strike, a warning measure, will last for two days, and will include the roughly 20,000 doctors working in the public system. The IMA had attempted to negotiate with the Finance Ministry for better pay and conditions, but talks broke down over the weekend. Most clinics belonging to the Leumit and Clalit health systems will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, select clinics will remain open in case of emergency. A list will be published later in the week. Dr. Leonid Eidelman of the IMA...
  • WOLF: Organized medical fraud in Wisconsin

    02/25/2011 6:24:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2011 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    “Primum nil nocere.” First, do no harm. This bedrock principle in medicine is a foreign language to most politicians and, sadly, to some Wisconsin doctors, who have violated their oath and the public trust as they have defrauded Wisconsin taxpayers. Several University of Wisconsin family physicians donned their sacred white coats and were caught distributing fraudulent “sick notes” free for the asking quite literally by the boxful - I wonder who paid for that printing - to teachers and others who skipped work to engage in political protest at the state Capitol in Madison. Whatever the merits of the teachers’...
  • Doctors in Wisconsin engaging in deception (from an M.D.)

    02/25/2011 2:23:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Buffalo News ^ | 2/24/11 | Ferdinand D. Yates Jr.
    Doctors in Wisconsin engaging in deceptionUpdated: February 24, 2011, 6:43 AM Protesters in Wisconsin have apparently developed quite a bit of stress due to their recent protesting against the governor’s proposed legislation against collective bargaining. Many of these union workers, teachers as well as other nongovernmental employees, have seemingly also taken time off from work to engage in the protesting. And now, doctors have rallied to the cause. Doctors from several area hospitals have manned a booth with the explicit intent to provide a physician’s excuse that explains the employee’s work absence. A physician from the University of Wisconsin School...
  • Wisconsin licensing board reviewing doctors’ notes from protestors

    02/23/2011 3:31:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Call it karma, just desserts, or schadenfreude. The cost to taxpayers of doctors’ notes excusing Wisconsin teachers from work so that they don’t get fired for illegally walking out on classes has been estimated at $6 million. Watching Big Government crack down on Big Labor? Priceless: Staff at the state Department of Regulation and Licensing have begun to review roughly 300 e-mail complaints about doctors issuing excuse notes for protesters at the state Capitol over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.Complaints that name a specific doctor and the alleged violations of rules covered by their licenses will be forwarded to the...
  • The Scrubbing has Begun...

    02/23/2011 1:55:48 PM PST · by chessplayer · 41 replies
    Today the state of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, announced that it would begin "looking into accusations that a number of local doctors provided the notes for protesters who missed work during the week...the department will review complaints with the independent Medical Examining Board as soon as possible." This of course comes one day after a spokesman for University of Wisconsin Health said that it too was looking into the matter. While this peddles slowly along, some of profiles are being scrubbed clean. The profiles of Hannah Keevil and Valerie Gilchrist remain, while Kathy Oriel, James Shropshire, Lou Sannon,...
  • Wisconsin Doctors Probed for Fake Sick Notes

    02/22/2011 11:04:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/22/11 | Jeanne Rose
    Wisconsin Doctors Probed for Fake Sick NotesJeanne Rose – 2 hrs 14 mins ago The debate over the Wisconsin budget has been going on for over a week now, and it does not seem to be letting up anytime soon. Just when you thought things were bad with the protests, which led to the closing of many schools, there is another twist to the case. Fox News reports that the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has launched an investigation into whether some of their doctors issued fake sick notes to protesters. The demonstrations are against the...
  • Wisconsin's Real Doctors and Their Fake Sick Notes for Protesters ("The videos are pretty damning")

    02/21/2011 8:28:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 76 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/21/11 | Ford Vox
    Wisconsin's Real Doctors and Their Fake Sick Notes for ProtestersBy Ford Vox Feb 21 2011, 7:50 AM ET **SNIP** But last week some of these weary warriors carried their patient advocacy too far. In videos breathlessly presented throughout the conservative mediasphere this weekend [scroll down to see], doctor after doctor is videotaped writing patently fraudulent sick notes so that the protesting teachers (whose contracts specify that missing work without an excuse can result in dismissal) can keep marching on against the state's union-busting Republican government. After viewing the videos at my request last night, Dr. Arthur Derse called me up...
  • Just Think Of Those Bogus ‘Sick’ Notes As Another Health Care Waiver For Unions

    02/20/2011 12:45:34 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 12 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/20/2011 | Ed Carson
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  • Wisconsin Doctors Tell Teachers: Call in Sick to Continue Protests (the notes are VALID!)

    02/19/2011 8:49:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 87 replies
    Wisconsin Doctors Tell Teachers: Call in Sick to Continue ProtestsWisconsin Tea Party Activists Weigh In on State Worker Protests, Explore Measures to Recall Missing Democratic Senators By DEAN SCHABNER, KEVIN DOLAK, CHRIS BURY and OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN Feb. 19, 2011 Some Wisconsin doctors threw their support behind teachers protesting the Republican governor's efforts to strip unions of their bargaining powers, saying they would write sick notes for teachers to skip work to demonstrate. The union protesters have been picketing the state capitol in Madison for five days, angered by Gov. Scott Walker's proposed bill, which has the backing of the Republican...
  • Dr Hannah Keevil

    02/19/2011 3:49:20 PM PST · by crz · 93 replies
    When one digs long enough...
  • Empire debuts pay for performance for docs

    02/18/2011 6:58:17 AM PST · by JustSurrounded · 6 replies
    Long Island Business News ^ | February 17, 2011 | Claude Solnik
    The biggest insurer in New York is debuting a pay for performance program to reward doctors who comply with certain best practices, but won’t penalize those who fall short. Empire BlueCross BlueShield plans to use claim data to better monitor whether physicians are complying with widely accepted medical best practices. Doctors who score well will receive better reimbursements. “The measurements are taking place,” said Dr. Scott Breidbart, chief medical officer for Empire, which serves about 5 million members. “We are rolling out this year in New York.” Other BlueCross BlueShield plans already have debuted similar programs, including Anthem, in Connecticut....
  • How would legislation like this be greeted in Olympia?(WA)

    02/02/2011 4:25:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 January, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Evergreen State gun owners who have been alarmed about questionnaires in doctors’ offices that inquire about guns in the home might want to check what’s going on in Florida’s Legislature right now, and wonder how the same matter might be handled in Olympia. I have seen such questionnaires here in Washington State, and even written about one case down in the Vancouver area. The argument against such questionnaires is pretty straightforward: Unless a physician is also a certified firearms instructor, he/she has no business asking about guns in the home or offering advice on home firearms safety, gun storage or...
  • Why Doctors Will Support ObamaCare Repeal

    01/19/2011 3:58:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | January 19, 2011 | Hadley Heath
    This week the Republican members of the House of Representatives plan to vote to repeal the new health care law known as “ObamaCare.” Democrats are quickly dismissing the effort. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged to block the bill and Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) tarred it as nothing more than “an obvious attempt to throw red meat to extreme Tea Partiers in the Republican base." Democrats may wish that only a fringe of hard line, anti-government types supported repealing ObamaCare, but the truth is very different. Support for ObamaCare's repeal is broad, and includes one group too often overlooked during...
  • Survey: US Doctors Fear Healthcare Reform

    01/19/2011 10:24:26 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    cnbc ^ | 1/19/11 | reuters
    Nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors surveyed fear healthcare reform could worsen care for patients, by flooding their offices and hurting income, according to a Thomson Reuters survey released Tuesday. The survey of more than 2,900 doctors found many predict the legislation will force them to work harder for less money. "When asked about the quality of healthcare in the U.S. over the next five years, 65 percent of the doctors believed it would deteriorate with only 18 percent predicting it would improve," Thomson Reuters, parent company of Reuters, said in a statement.