Dr C was determined to fight this case, and his defense attorney was supportive after looking at the detailed notes and documented calls to the patient which were never returned.
The police informed Dr. M that the patient, a 24-year old named Mr. G, had been the perpetrator of an assault and in the process was hit in the head with a blunt object by a bystander.
Timely review and appropriate follow up on all patient reports is essential and must be part of a practice's routine.
This month we look at the issue of whether a physician can be liable for relying on information provided by the patient.
HIPAA does not create the right for an individual to sue, only to file a complaint with the government. However, some states have begun to look at whether a common law cause of action may exist when a health care provider reveals private health information.
In this month's case we look at a situation where a patient and his family had one idea about diagnosis/treatment, and the clinicians had another.
The physician only took the patient's blood pressure twice a year and did no other medical checks, following his requests. After the patient died of colon cancer, the patient's widow sued the physician.
A patient is misdiagnosed twice and doesn't get a doctor recommended blood test, the patient subsequently died. Was there contributory negligence on behalf of the patient?
This month's case examines what could happen when a clinician diagnoses and prescribes based on complaints being relayed to her, without seeing, or even directly speaking to, the patient.
Dr. K felt sorrow at the passing of his patient, Mr. P, and especially about the terrible circumstances that led up to it. However, it never occurred to him that he might be involved in any way. So, when he received papers notifying him that he was being sued by the family of the young boy who had been killed by Mr. P's car, he was stunned.
During his orientation at the clinic, Dr. P was told that clinicians should try to limit patient interactions to 10 minutes as they would be rated by how many patients they treated, and there was a minimum.
The two physicians worked together for a little over a year, until one of Dr. B's patients came to Dr. G with a problem.
This case is particularly important (and unusual) because it illustrates two points: 1) a person can get jail time for a HIPAA violation (even a misdemeanor violation), and 2) ignorance of the law does not protect you.
Does a physician who has a collaborative practice agreement with a nurse practitioner owe a duty of care to the NP's patients? And can the physician be held liable if something happens to one of the NP's patients?
Despite the fact that the tests run at the hospital came back negative, concern had been expressed by the hospitalist.
Other than the very first appointment when Ms. C informed the physician that she was asplenic, and he noted it in the file, the two never discussed the patient's lack of a spleen again.
Dr. P was a 60-year old primary care physician with his own solo practice. He'd been in practice for himself for the past two decades, and had no shortage of patients.