NEJM Blasts “Crusade,” Omits that Its Former Editor Launched It

By MICHAEL MILLENSON A blistering attack by the national editor of the New England Journal of Medicine against the “less is more” movement in medicine omitted that the publication’s former editor-in-chief played a foundational role in popularizing the idea of widespread medical waste. The commentary in late December by Dr. Lisa Rosenbaum, “The Less-Is-More Crusade…

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Judge Orders New Olympus Trial Over Superbug Death

A Seattle judge said Olympus Corp. failed to properly disclose internal emails that raised safety concerns about a redesigned medical scope as early as 2008, several years before the device was publicly tied to deadly superbug outbreaks. Citing those “willful discovery violations” by the Japanese device giant, King County Superior Court Judge Steve Rosen ordered…

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The Kentucky Armageddon

By MARGALIT GUR-ARIE The Commonwealth of Kentucky, best known for its weirdly colored grass, fine bourbon and equestrian pageantry, is about to be destroyed by the Trump administration. Many will suffer and perhaps die because Kentucky obtained a Medicaid waiver to impose additional and often insurmountable hardships on poor people receiving their free health care…

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Will the New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the US Department of Health and Human Services Help Health Care Professionals Challenge Morally Objectionable Acts – Like Bribery, Fraud and Other Criminal or Corrupt Practices?

For a long time we have argued that health care corruption is a major cause of health care dysfunction.  We have documented numerous cases in which health care professionals were exposed to or involved in actions, including fraud, bribery (also known as kickbacks), and other corrupt or criminal practices, to which they likely had moral…

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The 10-year-old was healthy as ‘an ox.’ Then he caught a deadly case of the flu.

Nico Mallozzi was known for his antics, his sly smile — and his good health. The 10-year-old hockey player from New Canaan, Conn., is depicted in photographs suited up and looking fierce on the ice. His coaches said he “captivated, entertained and kept us on our toes,” according to a GoFundMe page. His mother said “he was like an ox” — strong…

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Mark Ganz — What’s Your Purpose in Health Care?

Last week at Health 2.0’s Wintertech, held during “health care’s money week” JP Morgan in San Francisco, Cambia CEO Mark Ganz gave a remarkable talk–one you wouldn’t expect from the leader of a big health insurer. He called out pharma for price gouging, he asked what consumers would think about the conversations we are having,…

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New HHS civil rights division charged with protecting health-care workers with moral objections

This post has been updated. A new civil rights division within the Health and Human Services Department will protect health-care workers who refuse to provide services that run counter to their moral or religious convictions, the Trump administration announced Thursday. This office will consider complaints from doctors, nurses and others who feel they have been…

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