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17 Dead in Broward High School Shooting Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 19 February 2018 17:54

In the mid afternoon of 2.14.18, several media outlets reported that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL was on lock-down with an active shooter. As the afternoon progressed, horrific details emerged...

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Last Updated on Monday, 19 February 2018 18:00
DOJ Memo Spurs Speculation Over Future of Whistleblower Cases Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 19:25

Should a recent internal memo from the U.S. Department of Justice on the dismissal of qui tam cases serve as a bellwether for the healthcare industry, or is it just a re-statement of existing policy issued in light of the increasing number of such cases being filed. That's the question being asked by many attorneys on both sides of the aisle, following the release of the memo written by Michael D. Granston, director of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Fraud Section, and made public late last month. In it, Granston outlines various factors government prosecutors should use to evaluate whether a False Claims Act (FCA) case filed by a whistleblower should be dismissed.

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AMA Studies Show Continued Cost Burden of Medical Liability System Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00

On 1.24.18, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a new series of trend reports in its Policy Research Perspective series illustrating the price Americans pay for the nation's broken medical liability system on...and finds that getting sued is virtually a matter of when, not if, for physicians.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 10:31
Pneumonia is a Disease. Is High Cholesterol or Osteoporosis? Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 January 2018 18:51

"So much of what we do today in medicine falls in the gray zone between treating disease and manipulating risk," A Country Doctor Writes on 1.20.18. "In many cases, we have ended up with disease-like names, and drug based treatments, for these risk factors. In reality, many other things besides drugs can modify these risks, but our "scientific" paradigm mostly recognizes double blinded trials of medications and undervalues other approaches."

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Last Updated on Monday, 22 January 2018 19:03
Donald Trump's incredible genes Print E-mail
Written by Sharon Begley, STAT   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 00:00

Unless someone swipes one of President Trump's used forks from the Mar-a-Lago dining room and sends it to 23andMe for DNA analysis, the world will simply have to guess what the White House physician meant when he told reporters on Tuesday that Trump "has incredible genes, I just assume." Incredible genes may seem like hand-waving, but there's no question some genetic variants protect against heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and other killers. And Trump chose his parents well: His father died of pneumonia at 93 after developing Alzheimer's disease but apparently avoiding cancer and heart disease. His mother lived to 88; her cause of death was not reported, but her only known ailment was osteoporosis.
His genetic inheritance might explain how Trump can get by with only four or five hours of sleep, which supposedly raises the risk of hypertension, and yet have blood pressure of 122/74 without anti-hypertensive medication.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 18:51
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