Minute clinic regs vote delayed in MA

Well, in hindsight it was perhaps to good to be true: limited service clinic licensure regulations proposed by the Massachusetts DPH in response to the CVS Minute Clinic license application (which was filed replete with waiver requests) seemed to be sailing through the regulatory process (fun-filled public hearing included).  At the last moment — at […]

I meant what I said, I said what I meant . . .

. . . or did I?  Maybe not, if I were a physician.  The Annals of Internal Medicine published a study last week concluding that Physician behavior did not always reflect the standards they endorsed. For example, although 96% of respondents agreed that physicians should report impaired or incompetent colleagues to relevant authorities, 45% of […]

Organ procurement in a world gone wild

Organs for transplantation are so scarce, and the imperatives for organ procurement are so compelling, that some folks seem to do the darnedest things (even if we leave recent and not-so-recent stories about China out of this discussion). Consider the recent story of a transplant surgeon who allegedly put the interests of potential recipients above […]

Minute Clinics in the news again

A tip of the hat to Ben Kruskal at Dr. Ben’s Blog for pointing to Mass Medical Society president-elect Bruce Auerbach’s Boston Globe op-ed piece on Minute Clinics and DPH’s response (and to earlier posts of Paul Levy’s, at Running a Hospital, and of mine, here at HealthBlawg, on the subject). Bruce lays out a […]

David Harlow quoted on medblogging ethics at www.mdng.com

Medblogging ethics continues to be of interest to the medical community.  I was interviewed this week by Sean Johnson on this subject; see his piece Medical Ethics and Blogging: Think Before You Post. (Free registration may be required.)  Highlight from the HealthBlawger: The blogging medium has an effect on the writing of physicians – and […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds jailing of uncooperative tuberculosis patient

A woman who refused treatment for TB was properly confined to jail for treatment, according to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Check out the AP story and the court ruling. Interesting tidbits: under Wisconsin law, the patient did not have to be confined to the least restrictive setting, and it was OK to consider cost (i.e., […]