Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 05, 2018

IN THE NEWS


Antibiotic Increases Heart Disease Patients' Risks

On February 22, 2018, the FDA advised health care providers to exercise caution before prescribing the antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) to patients with heart disease even for short periods because of a potential increased risk of heart problems or death that can occur even years later. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Study Finds BPA in Food, Drink Can Linings Probably Safe

On February 23, 2018, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) released for public comment a draft report on the findings of a comprehensive two-year rodent study examining the potential effects of Bisphenol A (BPA) on health. Click title to continue reading...



Chicken Salad Recalled Due to Salmonella Contamination

On February 21, 2018, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc., of Ackley, Iowa, recalled approximately 20,630 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products that may be contaminated with Salmonella typhimurium. Click title to continue reading...



Remarkable Rise in HIV Diagnoses Among Young People

On February 23, 2018, the CDC published a new analysis that provided a clearer picture of the remarkable escalations in HIV diagnosis rates among adolescents as age increases between 13 and 21 years. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Claim Accrued When Learned Bowel Resection Severed Ureter; Time Barred

A woman with a previous medical history of abdominal issues was diagnosed with a form of diverticulitis, an inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches in the digestive tract. The woman was admitted to the hospital. Click title to continue reading...



Anticoagulant Not Restarted After Amputation; No Causation Shown

A 69-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital for treatment of a gangrenous left foot. The woman was administered an anticoagulant, Heparin. After initial medical treatment and procedures failed, the woman’s treating physician consulted with a surgeon about amputating the woman’s left leg below the knee. Prior to the amputation the Heparin was discontinued. Click title to continue reading... 



Copayment Parity by Provider Type Not Required

Health insurance policyholders brought an action against the director of the Nebraska Department of Insurance to determine whether the governing statute (below) allowed insurance policies to impose higher copayments on policyholders when they obtain a covered service from a chiropractor, rather than from a medical doctor. Specifically, the policyholders sought a legal determination that the statute precluded future approval of an insurance policy in Nebraska. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Advance Health Care Directive

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an advance directive for medical care to be used by counsel as a guide in appointing a health care agent to act on a client’s behalf. The form below is generally applicable, but counsel should research the relevant state’s requirements and alter the form, as necessary. Party identifying information has been redacted to protect privacy. Click title to continue reading...