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Notable News for the Week: June 1st, 2018

Notable News for the Week: June 1st, 2018 Viruses Reprogrammed to Attack Cancer: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321933.php Scientists have recently created a way to use viruses as a force for good by altering them to aid in the fight against cancer. Link Between Depression and Cognitive Decline Explored: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321935.php University of Sussex psychologies performed a study on the relationship between depression and impairment of cognitive function. The study can be found here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/psychological-medicine/article/affective-problems-and-decline-in-cognitive-state-in-older-adults-a-systematic-review-and-metaanalysis/5D529D177B003920ECC3A7280BAB7318 Higher Protein Intake Helps Heart Failure Patient to Live Longer: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180528/Higher-protein-intake-helps-heart-failure-patients-to-live-longer-shows-study.aspx Study investigates the association between protein intake and survival in patients with heart failure. New Guidelines Say Screen for Colon Cancer at 45: https://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/news/20180530/new-guidelines-say-screen-for-colon-cancer-at-45#1 The American Cancer Society is changing their recommendation for beginning colorectal cancer screenings from age 50 to age 45. FDA Approves First Artificial Iris: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm609291.htm The first stand-alone prosthetic iris has been approved for use in adults and children whose iris is missing or damaged due to certain conditions. Metabolically Healthy Obesity? https://www.medpagetoday.com/primarycare/obesity/73173 A long-term study has been added to the growing body of evidence that there is not such a thing as ‘healthy obesity’. 9-year-old Raises $6,000 Selling Lemonade to Help Baby Brother: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/05/29/9-year-old-raises-6g-in-lemonade-fundraiser-for-baby-brother-battling-rare-illness.html The young South Carolina boy raised money to help his parents pay his younger brother’s medical bills. His younger brother is fighting a rare neurological condition called Krabbe disease. President Trump Signs the ‘Right to Try’ Legislation Into Law: http://righttotry.org/president-trump-signs-right-to-try-act-into-law/ Right To Try allows terminally ill Americans to try medications that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process. Man Hopes to Save Lives with St. Louis Syringe Exchanges that Cut Risk of Disease Outbreak: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/man-hopes-to-save-lives-with-st-louis-syringe-exchanges/article_b1f1788d-b764-5140-a73b-2ef88639b6db.html In 2016,...

Notable News for the Week: May 25th, 2018

Notable News for the Week: May 25th, 2018 Some interesting medical news from around the country, the world, and right here in Missouri. MADD Urges Drivers to Stay Sober, Safe Over Summer: http://www.newstribune.com/news/news/story/2018/may/25/madd-urges-drivers-stay-sober-safe-over-summer/727770/ Memorial Day weekend is here, and MADD is reminding everyone in the state to drive safely. Studies: Employer Costs Slow as Consumers Use Less Care, Deductibles Soar http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/studies-employer-costs-slow-as-consumers-use-less-care-deductibles/article_3058d1b5-af5a-5d0b-ae69-73fbbb7cb196.html Employer health care premiums have risen at a lower rate than in previous years, with increases around 3.4% on average. McCaskill Calls for Federal Investigation of Billing Practices at Missouri Hospital: http://kcur.org/post/mccaskill-calls-federal-investigation-billing-practices-missouri-hospital#stream/0 McCaskill’s call for a federal investigation comes after a highly critical state audit that took place in 2017. Breast Cancer: A Low-Fat Diet May Improve Survivors Outlook: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321926.php Study findings report greater overall survival rates. Scientists Find Cell Types Behind Schizophrenia: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321918.php Recent study reveals the few cell types behind the...

Notable News For the Week: May 18th, 2018

Notable News:  May 18th, 2018 Some interesting medical news from around the country, the world, and right here in Missouri. New Hope for Patients with Depression and Anxiety: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180515081726.htm Scientists at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg have proven that special treatment could help many sufferers of anxiety and depression. Six Years of Exercise May Be Enough to Change Heart Failure Risk: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180515081718.htm Johns Hopkins researchers have found a significant link between increasing fitness levels and reduced risk of heart failure. Five Goals for Enhancing Rural Healthcare: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/health-plans/cms-debuts-strategy-improve-rural-healthcare The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a new strategy for helping people in rural communities gain access to affordable healthcare. Antipsychotic for Alzheimer’s Psychosis Completes Phase 2 Trial: https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/antipsychotic-alzheimers-psychosis-phase-2/ Researchers are testing the use of pimavanserin treatment for psychosis in Alzheimer’s patients. Lack of Insurance Exposes Blind Spots in Vision Care: https://khn.org/news/lack-of-insurance-exposes-blind-spots-in-vision-care/ Reports show that as many as 16 million Americans have undiagnosed or uncorrected vision problems that could be addressed with glasses, contacts, or surgery. New, Faster, Rabies Test Could Save Lives : https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20180516/new-faster-rabies-test-could-save-lives The CDC has developed a test called LN34, which can produce faster, more accurate results. Simple Lifestyle Changes May Improve Osteoarthritis Symptoms: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321812.php Focusing on nutrition and exercise may produce relief for some sufferers, study finds. Emergent Technology in Prosthetics May Improve Use by Amputees:  https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/emergent-technology-prosthetics-improve-use-amputees/ US researchers are evaluating the benefits of computerized prosthetics. Missouri Faces Physician Shortage, Medical Students Leaving: http://www.bnd.com/news/article210868404.html St. Jude Named the WHO’s First Collaborating Centre for Childhood Cancer: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/st-jude-named-the-world-health-organizations-first-collaborating-centre-for-childhood-cancer-300649392.html Both organizations are making a push to expand research efforts that will increase pediatric cancer survival...

Notable News for the Week: May 11th, 2018

Notable News: Weekly Roundup Some interesting medical news from around the country, the world, and right here in Missouri. Happy Nurse’s Week!  https://www.nursingworld.org/education-events/national-nurses-week/ New Dementia Risk Factors Uncovered: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321747.php With dementia itself being currently untreatable, recognizing risk factors is an important key to getting early treatment – before the condition sets in. Medical Marijuana is One Step Closer to Being Legal in Missouri: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article210215944.html The Missouri House of Representatives voted to legalize medical marijuana for those with certain health conditions in a 112-44 vote; this sends the vote to the Missouri Senate. Missouri Measles Outbreak Up to 13 Cases: http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/health-care/article210483894.html 13 cases have now been reported on the Missouri side of the Kansas City metro. Psych Hospital Project Moves Forward in Cape:  https://www.semissourian.com/story/2511077.html The State Board has given its approval to move forward with the 102-bed psychiatric hospital to be located in Cape Girardeau. Districts Now Required to Screen for Dyslexia: http://www.fultonsun.com/news/local/story/2018/may/10/districts-now-required-screen-dyslexia/725542/ Missouri schools will be required to screen for dyslexia in K-3rd grade for the first time in the 2018-2019 school year. Senator McCaskill’s Roundtable Addresses Health Care Dilemmas: http://www.komu.com/news/sen-mccaskill-s-roundtable-addresses-health-care-dilemmas Senator McCaskill invited various healthcare professionals and patients to a roundtable discussion to address health care concerns for Missourians. Study Finds Noom’s Mobile Diabetes Prevention Program Demonstrated Weight Loss Results In Line with the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/journal-of-medical-internet-research-publishes-a-65-week-study-that-finds-nooms-mobile-diabetes-prevention-program-demonstrated-weight-loss-results-inline-with-the-cdcs-national-diabetes-prevention-program-300642321.html Study shows that mobile health coaching program delivers similar results for prediabetics when compared with the federal government’s National Diabetes Prevention Program.  ...

J. Thaddeus Eckenrode Named Top Medical Malpractice Defendants Attorney for 2018

Tad Eckenrode, an attorney who has handled a number of cases on behalf of MoDocs’ insureds, has been named the top Medical Malpractice Law attorney for defendants by Best Lawyers for 2018. We are always pleased by Tad’s unwavering dedication to the defense of our doctors, and this is a well-deserved honor! Congratulations Tad! More information on the awards granted by Best Lawyers for St. Louis attorneys can be found...

MoDocs Elects James F. Conant, M.D. as Chairman of the Board

MoDocs elects James F. Conant, M.D. as Chairman of the Board Saint Joseph, MO – May 1, 2017.  James F. Conant, M.D. has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of MoDocs, a leading medical malpractice insurance company with offices in Saint Joseph and Chesterfield.  MoDocs is doctor owned and serves over 600 physicians statewide. During the Annual Meeting of its members, Dr. Conant was re-elected to his board position. Subsequently, during the Board Meeting, Dr. Conant was elected to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Conant’s distinguished career spans over three decades of service, including many leadership roles in local and state medical organizations and hospitals. Dr. Conant is a Fellow of the AAFP. Currently he is a member of the MSMA, the AAFP and is a delegate from the State of Missouri to the AMA. He was the President and Chief of Staff of Jefferson Memorial Hospital in 1982-1983.  He formerly served as the MSMA Hospital/Medical Staff Section Representative from Heartland Health. He also served as the Vice-Councilor of Organized Medical Staff Section for the MSMA from 2001-2010. Dr. Conant served as President of Health Choice of Northwest Missouri. As a supporter of continuing medical education, he has served as Associate Councilor from Missouri to the SMA for many years and as Councilor for Missouri from 2011-2015. He served as President of the Buchanan County Medical Society in 1995 and served on the Physicians’ Advisory Committee for the Missouri Department of Social Services Division of Aging. He also served in the US Army in Korea. Dr. Conant received a Bachelor’s degree in...

MoDocs’ General Counsel Wins Prairie Spirit 100 Mile Ultra Race

Paul Schoenlaub, MoDocs’ General Counsel, is an ultra runner; he regularly visits Colorado and Arkansas to run 50-100 mile races, also known as Ultra races. Paul also helps manage an Ultra race right here in Missouri called the Ozark Trail 100. On April 2nd, 2016, Paul ran in the Prairie Spirit 100 mile Ultra race in Ottawa, Kansas. He finished first overall, with a total time of 18 hours, 16 minutes, and 33 seconds. His average time per mile was 10 minutes, 58 seconds. This was Paul’s first career first-place-overall finish in an Ultra race. You can see the complete list of results here. Congratulations on your win,...

MoDocs’ Legal Team: Hitting a Grand Slam in 2015

For the fourth time in 2015, MoDocs’ legal defense team has gone to bat defending doctors in jury trials. On each occasion, their hard work and brilliant defense strategies have resulted in victories for our members. The grand finale came on October 22nd with a unanimous verdict from a Pike County jury. The plaintiffs in this case put on an extensive presentation, bringing in expert witnesses from all over the country and taking almost two weeks to present their case. Plaintiff’s counsel, Brown & Crouppen, who claim to be “the winningest law firm in Missouri,” demanded the jury award 5.9 million dollars in damages. The MoDocs defense team, headed up by Randy Bauman of the Bauman Law Firm in Chesterfield, presented the doctor’s case to the jury in a surgically crafted defense that shredded the plaintiffs claim, proving not only that our doctor did not fall below the standard of care but indeed provided good medical care. The result? It took the jury only 40 minutes to return a unanimous verdict in favor of our doctor. This case makes it a grand slam of four wins and no losses in 2015! Winning is nothing new to MoDocs’ defense team. With a success rate at trial well in excess of 90%, MoDocs insureds know they are in good hands with a legal team that is second to none. Obviously, all of us know that litigation is expensive. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on individual cases in order to bring to MoDocs’ members the highest quality legal defense and the best possible experts. More importantly, MoDocs recognizes that few...

Physicians wait for ACA’s Malpractice Impact

Doctors are waiting to see what the impact of the Affordable Care Act will be on malpractice rates. MoDocs was recently mentioned in the Medical Economics Magazine as continuing to be an affordable option for physicians: Weaver obtains his malpractice coverage through the nonprofit Missouri Doctors Mutual Insurance Company. “If I tried to get insurance through one of the bigger commercial groups the rates would be three to four times that. I know family docs paying $25,000 to $30,000 a year, without doing obstetrics,” he says. Read the full article in the Medical Economics Magazine here. Contact us at 800.264.5959 for a quote today!...

Non-Economic Damages In Medical Malpractice Lawsuits (Tort Reform in Missouri Part 3)

Our final look into the issue that is Tort Reform in Missouri comes from one of our own retained attorneys and frequent speaker at our Risk Management seminars, J. Thaddeus Eckenrode. On July 31, 2012 the Supreme Court of Missouri abolished “caps” on non-economic damages in cases brought under Missouri’s medical negligence statute, §538.210 RSMo.1 Non-economic damages generally include items like pain and suffering and emotional distress. The court’s ruling in Watts v. Cox Medical Centers, et al., may impact the cost of medical malpractice coverage and eventually its overall availability. Since the most recent tort reform legislation passed in 2005, plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases have been limited to a maximum recovery of $350,000 in total non-economic damages. This legislation has been hotly contested in Missouri courts since its passage. Missouri had a version of a “cap” in place prior to the 2005 revision, which was originally upheld as constitutional in 1992. That pre-tort reform cap started at $350,000 when enacted, but increased annually with economic escalators, and was applied on a per party, per occurrence (each act of negligence) basis, which allowed for extremely high, albeit “capped”, awards. The 2005 tort reform legislation closed those various loopholes, limiting verdicts consistently for the past six years. The Watts case was a medical malpractice suit against Cox Medical Center and its associated physicians alleging negligent prenatal care to Deborah Watts that caused catastrophic brain injuries to her son. The jury found in favor of Ms.Watts and awarded her $1.45 million in non-economic damages (as well as future medical expenses). Pursuant to Missouri’s 2005 tort reform statute, the trial court...
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