When your private health care information is accessed – HIPAA violation – what do you do next?

In this morning’s  Roanoke Times,was an article about employees at a local hospital who were fired when the administration realized these employees had accessed someone’s personal health care records in violation of federal law. We get calls about potential HIPAA violations all the time. The general public assumes that if an employee wrongfully accessed or shared their…[Read More]

13 Things to Know About Negligence at the VA and the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been in the news a lot lately about poor medical care provided to veterans at its facilities.  If you are considering a case against the VA based on negligent care by its employees, then the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) may apply. The FTCA allows citizens to sue the federal government…[Read More]

Lessons from the East: Part III

This is the third and final of my posts about my trip to Taiwan in May 2015 and how it helped my law practice.   Lesson 3: Memories and relationships, if left uncultivated and unattended, may fade. Perhaps like after any really good vacation, I came back from my trip with clear and vivid memories…[Read More]

Lessons from the East: Part II

I recently traveled to Taiwan to visit good friends.  This is the second of three posts about lessons from traveling to Taiwan that matter to my law practice.   Lesson 2:  Keep an open mind.   One of the must-see Taiwan attractions I heard about was the Maokong Gondola, essentially a cable car system in…[Read More]

A picture is worth a thousand words… and better health care.

Many radiologists spend their days never actually seeing patients, at least not in the way we ordinarily think of it.  Instead, they use computer screens to study patient x-rays, never actually meeting patients or knowing what they look like.  Does it help for radiologists to have a photograph of the patient?  One researcher’s work points to…[Read More]

Lessons from the East: Part I

I recently traveled to Taiwan and had the opportunity to see and experience how globally connected the world has become.  My time away also contributed to my perspective about my work.  This is the first of three posts about lessons from traveling to Taiwan that matter to my law practice. Lesson 1: Don’t underestimate the…[Read More]

Tell the truth, the whole truth and… or else you the patient can be blamed

The Washington Post published a simple and helpful article last week on how to be a good patient. The article encourages patients to be organized, have readily available medication lists, doctor’s names etc. And while I agree with the article, and agree that being a good patient can help doctors do a better job, I…[Read More]