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Improper prescription of painkillers and professional discipline, P.2

In our previous post, we began looking at the topic of opioid painkiller overprescription and some of the prescription recommendations released by the CDC earlier this year. As we noted last time, physicians need to be aware of the guidelines concerning painkiller prescription and to make sure they are exercising sound professional judgment in their use of these drugs. Failure to do so can put a physician’s license at risk.

Improper prescription of painkillers and professional discipline, P.1

Narcotics abuse and over-prescription has become an important issue in the United States in recent years as high profile individuals have been affected by the problem, which continues to grow across the population. Law enforcement, federal regulators and professional boards are all looking to the address the problem and prevent it from becoming worse.

Starkey cases to be moved to federal court

We have previously written on this blog about the wrongful termination claims against Starkey Laboratories. At this point, the company has been hit with three wrongful termination lawsuits. The latest development in the ongoing litigation is that two of the lawsuits have been transferred to federal court.

Mental disability and professionals: work with legal counsel to protect your rights, P.2

In our previous post, we began looking at the case of an out-of-state surgeon who was allegedly terminated because of behavior issues related to a disability of which his employer was well aware. As we noted last time, a Minnesota psychologist who evaluated the surgeon documented some of the surgeon’s behavioral challenges. It isn’t known whether the psychologist made any official diagnosis, though.  

Mental disability and professionals: work with legal counsel to protect your rights, P.3

We’ve been looking in recent posts at the issue of mental disability among professionals and the need for professionals to protect their rights when their career is put at risk because of mental disability. The case we’ve been looking at involves a physician who was allegedly terminated because of behaviors related to a mental disability.

Mental disability and professionals: work with legal counsel to protect your rights, P.1

A psychologist from Golden Valley, Minnesota recently made the news in connection with an Oregon case involving a surgeon who was terminated and is now suing his former employer for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The surgeon, Dr. John Blizzard, was reportedly the only full-time cardiothoracic surgeon for the hospital at the time of his sudden termination last November.

Looking at licensing, regulation and discipline within the midwife profession, P.3

We’ve been looking in recent posts at the regulation of midwives in Minnesota. Last time, we briefly looked at some of the regulations that apply to licensed traditional midwives under state law. As we noted, certified nurse midwives are regulated by the Board of Nursing rather than the Board of Medical Practice, so a different set of rules apply to them in Minnesota.

Looking at licensing, regulation and discipline within the midwife profession, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the regulation of the midwife profession. As we noted, Minnesota actually has a rather lax approach to regulating midwifery. Licensing is voluntary for traditional midwives, which means a midwife can practice without licensing. This doesn’t mean that there is no regulation of unlicensed midwives, but that the regulation is fairly minimal.

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