Dr. John McLean was a cardiologist with privileges at Peninsula Regional Medical Center ("PRMC"), a hospital in Salisbury, Maryland. According to the court's opinion, "in the summer of 2006, PRMC began investigating McLean's stenting practices after a quality control review revealed he had placed a stent in a coronary artery with no significant blockage, or 'stenosis.' That review concluded that McLean had performed "inappropriate stents" in approximately half of the cases reviewed. Soon thereafter, in late 2006, McLean "resigned" his privileges with the hospital, citing an eye condition that caused loss of vision in one eye. But, as the court noted, despite his claim of vision loss, "McLean continued to see patients and review diagnostic test results in his office." … [Read more...] about Federal Court Upholds Doctor’s Health Care Fraud Conviction For Performing Medically Unnecessary Procedures
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When Perdue left office and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory took over in 2013, average teacher pay continued to go down, even after all state employees and teachers were given a 1.2 percent raise in 2012. Teacher pay fell to its lowest point during McCrory’s first year — the third year of the Republican-led legislature — when it dove below $45,000 in 2013-14. … [Read more...] about NC Democrat blames Republicans for low teacher pay. Why his claim is misleading.
This is exaggerated. This claim conflates two different gross domestic product growth figures. The 3.1 percent figure refers to the increase in G.D.P. from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018. The 2.9 percent figure refers to the increase in economic output from the annual level. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Misleading Claims on John McCain, Tanks and G.D.P. Growth
Under the policy, oil and gas well drilling, well operations, and support work are designated by OSHA to be “high-hazard” for the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), said Tom Galassi, the agency’s director of enforcement. His announcement came at a meeting of the American Bar Association’s Occupational Safety and Health Committee on March 18. … [Read more...] about OSHA Tags Oil and Gas Well Drilling under Special Enforcement Program
Considerably more discussion surrounded the parameters for disseminating such information to health care providers. Some commenters supported relaxed agency standards that would facilitate the dissemination of off-label information to trained medical professionals. Other commenters, however, questioned whether providers have the time and/or expertise required to digest and understand novel clinical data. Commenters further questioned whether manufacturer-driven communications were the correct vehicle to provide such information to providers, given the potential for manufacturers to focus solely on favorable information. Other commenters noted, however, that manufacturers may be able to more quickly identify patterns of successful off-label use of their medical products, allowing them to notify health care providers that they may consider the off-label use as a viable treatment option for a particular condition. … [Read more...] about FDA Hosts Public Meeting on Off-Label Communications