BETWEEN THE ROCK AND THE HARD PLACE
Storm Clouds on the Horizon
In the last newsletter, I discussed the reasoning behind anticipating the beginning of a new Medical Malpractice Crisis.
This assumption was predicated upon a review of the Diederich Data which documented that Total National Payouts
for Medical Malpractice Settlements had declined every year since 2003 until 2012. Since 2012 Total National Medical Malpractice Payouts have increased for 3 (three) consecutive years.
Total payouts have increased >10%
over the last three years despite the fact tRead More
South Carolina Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Physician Employment of Physical Therapists
In a major victory for patients and their treating physicians, the South Carolina Supreme Court has overturned their previous ruling in Sloan and has lifted the ban on physician employment of physical therapists. The decision was announced yesterday in the case of Joseph v. South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (2016).
"The underpinning of Sloan is the assumption that physicians who refer patients to physical therapists under their employ will act in bad faith or be mired in a conflict of interest because of the financial remuneration they receRead More