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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2014 – In the autumn of 2013, UnitedHealthcare dropped thousands of doctors across the country from its Medicare Advantage plans. At least ten states were affected. Nearly 16 million people are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, and many struggled to make the adjustments needed before the December enrollment deadline. These struggles sparked a national concern: how does Medicare Advantage protect seniors when private insurance companies make changes? Under Medicare Advantage, the federal government reimburses insurance carriers for their care of beneficiaries. UnitedHealthcare is one of the leading providers. When an insurance company makes a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2014 – Medicare is preparing to crack down on “pill mill” doctors and others who improperly prescribe drugs. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released a proposed rule that, for the first time, would allow regulators to ban doctors who write harmful or fraudulent prescriptions from participating in Medicare. “In Florida, we have seen the substantial impact that common-sense reforms have on pill mills,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “In 2011, we implemented strict new controls on dangerous narcotic painkillers. Most doctors cannot dispense these drugs from their offices, […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2014 – Libbey Bryson’s daughter was permanently injured at birth when doctors pulled on the 8-pound, 8-ounce baby’s head to dislodge her arm from Libbey’s pelvic bone, according to court documents. “Doctors are trained for emergencies like this and even practice shoulder dystocia maneuvers and other techniques, so they’re prepared when they happen,” says Christopher Mellino, a birth injury lawyer in Cleveland. “But instead of performing a C-section, as they should have in this case, residents kept pulling the child.” The hospital argued that its doctors followed proper procedure and that a caesarean […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 31, 2013 – A recently published study demonstrated the efficacy of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) in the prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a common complication in acute care settings because patients are immobilized. Stroke victims are frequently placed in such a setting, putting them at high risk for DVT. The efficacy of IPC and other physical DVT prevention methods is becoming more widely acknowledged. However, just three years ago, a Cochrane review noted a lack of large, randomized trials that demonstrate the benefits of IPC among stroke patients. “This new study […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2013 – But for a questionable forklift brake, a young Texas man lost his life on-the-job. “The young man severely injured in an accident with a forklift while on-the-job, clung to life for three days, before succumbing to his injuries. The accident happened at McCoy’s Building Supply Center in Lufkin,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. “He was only 19-years-old and was the son of the city’s public works director. He was taken off his ventilator once doctors had determined he sustained unrecoverable brain injuries.” Just prior […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – A new report showed Florida had significantly fewer drug-related deaths in 2012 than in 2011. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi touted the report from Florida Medical Examiners at a press conference on a recent Tuesday. She attributed the drop in drug deaths to law enforcement’s “relentless effort” in cracking down on Florida’s “pill mills” – clinics run by doctors who over-prescribe narcotic painkillers. “The state’s public safety efforts are working,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “Pill mills have been drastically reduced, arrests are down, and now, it is clear […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – Compression therapy works as well as more expensive therapy in the treatment of early lymphedema, a recent study shows. The study, titled “Randomized Trial of Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy for the Treatment of Lymphedema in Women With Breast Cancer,” was published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on September 16, 2013. Researchers found no significant difference in efficacy between therapy consisting entirely of compression garments and complex decongestive therapy (CDT), consisting of manual lymphatic massage, daily bandaging, and skin care. “Compression therapy has been around for many years,” said Greg Grambor, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – A physician co-owner of a pain clinic in Margate, Fla., pleaded guilty to the improper prescription of opioid painkillers. Joseph Francis Piazza, 62, worked at Margate Pain Management Clinic for just over nine months beginning in October, 2009, and ending in August, 2010. According to prosecutors, he prescribed 152,774 pills of oxycodone and related addictive painkillers and personally earned $253,800 during that time period. “The alleged improper prescriptions in this case took place before Florida’s crackdown on pill mills,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “This sort of activity was […]


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Jacksonville, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2013 – A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would expedite disability benefits for the terminally ill. The bill was introduced by two Republican Senators of Wyoming, John Barrasso and Mike Enzi, and Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio. The bill would eliminate the five-month wait time for terminally ill patients who are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Terminally ill patients are defined as those who have been diagnosed with a medical condition that is expected to result in a life expectancy of six months or less. “This […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2013 – An investigation into Social Security disability fraud led to the arrest of 75 people in Puerto Rico. The case was the first instance of large-scale arrests for fraud since the rapid expansion of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) seen over the last several years. Zephyrhills Social Security disability attorney Robert Alston said he was pleased to see the action taken. “The nation’s disability insurance program is under enough financial strain as it is without criminals engaging in outright fraud to take taxpayer funds,” Alston said. “Investigating and prosecuting such large-scale abuses […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) September 9, 2013 – Until recently, most doctors thought traumatic brain damage (TBI) just affected the brain itself. It turns out that this is not the case. “This story is interesting for several reasons,” said Christopher Mellino, a traumatic brain injury lawyer of the Cleveland firm Mellino Robenalt. “An Army specialist returned home from Iraq and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. What baffled the doctors treating him was his sudden 50-pound weight gain.” After multiple tests to track down the reason why the veteran gained 50-pounds so quickly, it was discovered […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2013 – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 40 percent of people who go to the doctor leave the medical office feeling that they have been misdiagnosed. The Institute of Medicine reports that more individuals die in the U.S. each year due to some form of medical malpractice, including a medical misdiagnosis, than the number of people who die annually from accidents on the nation’s highways, or from breast cancer. Medical malpractice is a real health threat, and medical misdiagnoses happen with alarming frequency. “Typically, an individual begins to […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2013 – Partners in a committed, unmarried heterosexual or same-sex relationship may wish to consider what would happen the event that their partner becomes incapacitated and unable to communicate their wishes. When there is a medical emergency or a critical event, hospital staff may only allow one family member access to the patient. Many partners who are not legally married have found that whether they have access, or do not have access to the patient, can be at the discretion of hospital staff. Doctors must defer the opinions and wishes to the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2013 – The criminal trial of two South Florida “pill mill” doctors commenced on a recent Friday in a West Palm Beach federal court. Cynthia Cadet, 43, of Parkland, is blamed in the overdose deaths of seven people. Joseph Castronuovo, 74, of Key Largo, is blamed for another two deaths. During opening statements, federal prosecutor Paul Schwartz told the jury the doctors had become “dope dealers.” Defense attorneys said they were innocent, caring doctors. “It will take a long time to legally sort out all the damage done by Florida’s formerly lax painkiller […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2013 – Patients harmed by preventable medical errors have the right to seek compensation for those mistakes. “When someone goes to hospital, they go with the expectation they will be helped and healed. When something goes wrong, such as a preventable medical error, the patient is left devastated and faces a life they no longer recognize,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Consider the case of a woman admitted to a New York hospital for brain surgery. Surgeons operated on the wrong side of her brain. The 36-year-old woman ended up […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2013 – Vascular PRN offers compression therapy devices that help promote blood flow to prevent and heal diabetic ulcers. Ulcers on the legs and feet are a major complication of diabetes. They occur in 15 percent of all diabetic patients. Without prompt and effective treatment, they may leave doctors no alternative but partial leg amputation. Diabetic ulcers precede 84 percent of all lower leg amputations. “Our compression therapy equipment gently compresses the leg to increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood,” said Greg Grambor, president of Vascular PRN. “Compression therapy is effective, inexpensive, and […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2013 – Medical malpractice laws may soon not be an issue. Looming large is a recent trend for corporations to buy physician’s practices. “Although most of the states in the country are focusing on tightening medical malpractice laws, rules and regulations, Florida is giving the heads-up to a trending issue that may change the landscape of how medical care is delivered. Many small physicians’ offices are being snapped up by large corporations, effectively making the doctor an employee, and no longer an owner,” explained Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer, Tom Robenalt. Physicians view this […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire)May 30, 2013 – Patients that experience hospital errors find resolution of their issues difficult. Finally, a doctor has been on the same side of the fence. “It’s not often you hear about a doctor being on the receiving end of a hospital error, but it seems that one doctor did find himself in that revolving door, and didn’t like it,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. The physician in question had an eye-opening experience when involved, in a peripheral manner, with his mother’s […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 10, 2013 – A Texas resident who received two different defective hip implants filed a suit against the manufacturer. A lawsuit was filed against Stryker Orthopaedics in New Jersey Superior Court in February 2013. The suit alleges that the two Stryker hip implants the man received caused him serious injury and were defective. “This is not the first case facing Stryker Orthopaedics,” noted Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale. Numerous patients have alleged that there were complications experienced after receiving the Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II due to defective issues; the lawsuits have been […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2013 – The family of a man whose infected leg was amputated filed suit against his nursing home. John Eric Rush, 49, alleged that staff negligence led to an infected bed sore on his left heel. The sore eventually forced doctors to amputate the leg above the knee, according to a statement released by Rush’s attorney. Greg Grambor, president of Vascular PRN, a distributor of medical devices used in the prevention of bed sores and deep vein thrombosis, said that bed sores are a serious health threat to bedridden patients. “Bed sores and […]


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