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November 2010 Archives

Three Remedies May Help Prevent Hospital Errors

An opinion piece in USA Today states there are three solutions being used to address the crisis problem of medical errors in hospitals worth expanding. A 1999 Institute of Medicine report stated that as many as 98,000 people die from preventable medical errors annually.

FDIC Issues Guidelines On Overdraft Programs

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) gave banks final guidance last week regarding overdraft programs and overdraft fees. The new guidelines are intended to ensure customers receive better information about the cost of automatic overdraft protection and also require banks to assist customers in avoiding hefty overdraft fees.

Study Indicates Preventable Errors in NC Hospitals Not Improving

One in five patients are unintentionally injured by the care they receive in hospitals with little improvement in those statistics with the passage of time. That is the conclusion of a new study to be released by the New England Journal of Medicine the New York Times reports.

Arbitration Case Could Be Death Knell of Consumer Class Actions

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a key arbitration case on November 9, 2010. The case is AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion. The Supreme Court will decide whether the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit correctly affirmed a lower court ruling which struck AT&T’s arbitration clause because it did not allow for class-wide arbitration.

Consumers Concerned Over Supreme Court's Decision To Hear Key Arbitration Case

Consumer groups are very concerned over the United States Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case involving enforceability of arbitration clauses, AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion.

Courageous Doctor Admits Surgical Mistake

Admitting a mistake and learning from it is common wisdom, but in the medical field, medical providers rarely admit they make mistakes, leading to a climate of distrust and less patient safety. That's why it's important to highlight instances where a medical provider admits a mistake and applaud that medical provider for taking a courageous step toward minimizing the chances that similar mistakes are repeated. In a story covered online by MSNBC, one brave doctor recently wrote about his surgical mistake in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Justices Appear Skeptical of AT&T's Arguments in Key Arbitration Case

Key points of arbitration rise out of AT&T's arguments. In California, state vs. federal laws are clashing over the ability for consumers to band together in class action suits with arbitration clauses.

Finding the Right Doctor

In an opinion piece by Dr. Kevin Pho in USA TODAY he questions the reliability of internet sites which tout relevant information about physicians. Dr. Pho is a primary care physician in Nashua, New Hampshire who blogs at MedPage Today's KevinMD.com and also is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors.

Report Exposes Chamber's 'Civil Justice Hypocrisy'

A new report published by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) points out the hypocrisy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in working to block justice for everyday Americans while frequently litigating in support of its own agenda.

Pilot Project On Medical Error Reporting Has The Right Focus: Patient Safety

WUNC aired a story about a pilot project in western North Carolina that seeks to reduce medical errors through anonymous reporting when a medical provider makes a mistake. This keeps the focus where it should be: patient safety.

Drug Maker Fined $750 Million After Sales of Contaminated Drugs

GlaxoSmithKline, a behemoth drug manufacturer, has agreed to pay $750 million to settle criminal and civil complaints that the company knowingly sold contaminated drugs, including contaminated baby ointment and an ineffective antidepressant.

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