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January 2017 Archives

Wisconsin board comes out with new rules governing practice of telemedicine, P.2

Last time, we began looking at some of the aspects of new rules governing the practice of telemedicine in Wisconsin. The rules have yet to be approved by the Governor and the Legislature before they can be published and take effect, but physicians are already beginning to gear up for the changes.

Wisconsin board comes out with new rules governing practice of telemedicine, P.1

Last month, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board gave the green light on fresh rules governing the practice of telemedicine in the state. The rules are supposed to be an improvement on an initial set of rules proposed in 2015. A number of concerns were addressed in the new rules, some of which relate to physician licensing and medical liability.

Audit highlights weaknesses in employment discrimination compliance

At the federal and state level, there are a variety of laws meant to protect vulnerable classes of people from discrimination in employment. As good as these laws can do for those vulnerable to employment discrimination, they don’t do much good if they aren’t being enforced. And, according to a recent state audit, too often they are not enforced.

What limits do doctors have regarding romantic relationships with patients? P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the issue of physicians having romantic relationships with their patients and the ethical issues that can arise in such situations. As we noted, a large note of caution is given by physicians groups on becoming romantic with patients, and most physicians feel that it is wrong to do so, though some feel it can be acceptable if the physician-patient relationship is terminated prior to the relationship and that circumstances can make a difference.

What limits do doctors have regarding romantic relationships with patients? P.1

We have previously discussed on this blog the importance of physicians working with experienced legal counsel when facing allegations of patient sexual abuse. As we noted, such allegations can lead not only to criminal and civil charges, but also to disciplinary action by the state medical board.

Study highlights debate over breast cancer screening guidelines among practitioners

A recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that one out of three women who receive treatment for breast cancer based on mammogram results do not need that treatment. According to the researchers behind the study, the tumors detected in these women grew at such a slow rate of speed that they post little health threat.

Major media networks deal with ongoing workplace discrimination

Readers may be aware that two major media networks widely felt to be on opposite ends of the political spectrum are currently involved in ongoing discrimination litigation concerning former employees. One of the networks is CNN, which was hit last month with a class-action lawsuit on behalf of current and former black employees.

Work with experienced attorney to build solid workplace discrimination case

In our previous post, we began looking at ongoing discrimination litigation against CNN and Fox News. Whether workplace discrimination involves racial bias or sexual harassment, one of the biggest challenges for discrimination victims is to bring forward enough evidence to convince a court that discrimination in fact occurred.

When work-life imbalance results in medical board investigation

In our last post, we began discussing a recent study which looked at the effectiveness of work-life balance interventions at reducing physician error rates on the job. As we noted, the study showed that not all intervention strategies are necessarily effective at achieving this goal, even if helping physicians to achieve better work-life balance can still result in meaningful changes in patient outcomes.

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