As part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013, the nation’s hospitals are taking cuts and absorbing the costs of the Affordable Care Act. New Medicaid rates that took effect on January 1 will reduce the amount of federal money hospitals receive for treating Medicare patients. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, although physicians were…

Arbitration agreements, which require patients to give up their rights to a jury trial if their treatment goes awry, are gaining popularity among doctors in Florida. People who are in favor of the agreements argue that these legal contracts cut down on medical malpractice costs. However, the legality of the agreements is called into question,…

Although a 1988 court ruling limits sharing medical information between lawyers and plaintiffs’ other doctors, a recent lawsuit caused the need from a new ruling from the Florida Supreme Court. According to the Sun Sentinel, on December 20, the majority ruled that defendants in malpractice lawsuits cannon try to circumvent a Florida law that bars…

New technology may be the key to help properly diagnose patients and avoid common errors that affect a doctor’s judgment, such as poor communication, cognitive factors, and poor teamwork. According to CNN, although there are some concerns about the quality of care in data-driven healthcare, it’s expected that data science will eventually replace 80 percent…

Drugstores across the areas hit by Hurricane Sandy have been struggling to keep their businesses open and fill prescriptions that many people need on a daily basis. Although most pharmacies stocked up on medications before the storm, many drug stores were left without power, and those that do have power are concerned about their decreasing…

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