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The Voyager Spacecrafts and Hurricane Harvey – Humanity at Its Best

By |2017-08-30T17:04:22+00:00August 29th, 2017|News|

I’m from Houston. I do not live there now. But, I grew up there. My entire extended family lives there. I went to medical school and did my residency there. I have many friends and colleagues who live and work in Houston.

One Person Who Should Have Kept His Apple 

By |2017-08-17T11:56:45+00:00August 17th, 2017|News|

How many people founded Apple? 

If you’re like me, you confidently answered two. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. In 1996. 

But, there was a third founder.  

Ronald Wayne.  

He worked with Steve Jobs previously at Atari. He received a 10% equity stake for designing the original Apple logo, writing the Apple I manual, drafting […]

Upside-Down World – A Patient Sues You to Keep Taking Care of Them

By |2017-07-14T11:08:28+00:00May 30th, 2017|Compliance, News|

Normally, when a patient sues a doctor, he is unhappy with the care. He wants money for damages the doctor allegedly caused. Most rational people do not continue to see the same doctor if they believe that doctor negligently harmed them 

Why Filtering Reviews is a Marketing Landmine – Part II

By |2017-07-14T11:08:14+00:00May 5th, 2017|Marketing, News, Online reputation, Online reviews|

Maintaining compliance with HIPAA, TCPA, the FTC, and the host of other regulatory boards is complicated. An inadvertent error can result in massive fines, but there is much to be gained from a smart online strategy if you avoid the minefield of potential violations. For the next five weeks, […]

Preventing a Lawsuit – Always Seek Consent Before Searching a Patient’s Anus: Part 2

By |2017-07-14T11:07:59+00:00April 7th, 2017|Compliance, News|

Here’s follow-up from a blog we posted in 2013. It was titled “Preventing a Lawsuit – Always Seek Consent Before Searching a Patient’s Anus”. Now we know its full title should have included “Part 1.” Two doctors were among many defendants sued by the American Civil Liberties Union. To recap this madness, see below. The […]

Damn, that’s awkward…

By |2017-07-14T11:07:50+00:00March 23rd, 2017|Frontpage Article, News, Practice management|

Ars Technica and the Minneapolis Star Tribune recently reported that Mayo Clinic is considering prioritizing patient care with private insurance over those with Medicare and Medicaid.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (which oversees Minnesota Medicaid), stated:

“Fundamentally, it’s our expectation at DHS that Mayo Clinic will serve our enrollees in […]

These Docs Behaved Badly, but Should They Have Been Sued?

By |2017-07-14T11:07:46+00:00March 17th, 2017|News, Practice management|

Jeffrey Segal, MD, JD

Published in Medscape: May 20, 2015 (reprinted with permission) http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/844251

Three Highly Unusual Lawsuits

If you practice medicine, odds are that eventually you will be sued, face a medical board complaint, or experience some other legal headache. If you practice in a high-risk specialty such as neurosurgery, the likelihood that you will be sued at […]

Political Correctness Over-reach in the Exam Room

By |2017-07-14T11:10:03+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Marketing, News, Online reputation, Online reviews, Practice management|

A general surgeon in Florida evaluated a patient for hernia repair. The patient confided he was HIV positive. The surgeon asked about the patient’s medication regimen. The patient explained that on the medication his viral titers were non-detectable.

The surgeon stated that that was good for both of them. For the patient, of course. And for […]