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Bret Hanna

Fool Proof Technology For Retained Surgical Objects?

According to an article published the other day by the Chicago Tribune, RF Surgical Systems of Bellevue, Washington, has developed technology that allows surgeons to easily determine whether tagged…

Bret Hanna

New York State Bar Takes Stand Against Tort Reform

The New York State Bar Association took a strong stand against tort reform last Friday. President Michael Getnick issued a statement calling on the U.S. Senate to reject calls for caps on pain and…

Bret Hanna

Tort Reform Myth Debunked – Damages Caps do not Lower Malpractice Insurance Premiums

We’ve all heard the claims. Jackpot payouts in medical malpractice cases have caused malpractice insurance premiums to go so high that doctors are leaving certain specialties or leaving the…

Bret Hanna

Tort Reform and Unintended Consequences

Medical care providers are people and people make mistakes – that’s it, plain and simple, and the facts can’t be disputed. An editorial which appeared this week in the Salt Lake Tribune offers the…

Bret Hanna

Goal of Standardized Care is to Reduce Medical Mistakes

According to an article in the National Journal Online, the local medical behemoth/monopoly, Intermountain Healthcare (IHC), has stumbled onto a concept that can help reduce infant mortality rates….

Bret Hanna

House Judiciary Committee Votes to Undermine Feres Doctrine

The Feres Doctrine, derived from a 1959 U.S. Supreme Court decision, precludes active duty military members from suing the government for medical malpractice regardless of where or how the…

Bret Hanna

New Ad Running Against Medical Malpractice Caps

Seven consumer groups have joined together to run an ad urging Congress to oppose including medical malpractice limits as part of health care reform. The groups include Alliance for Justice, Public…

Bret Hanna

‘Candy Man’ Going to Prison

Dr. Warren Stack, the so-called ‘Candy Man,’ is off to prison to serve the eight year sentence Judge Tena Campbell handed down in federal court in Salt Lake City. The charges against Stack stem from…

Mark J. Williams

Endoscopic Vein-Graft Harvesting for Bypass Surgery: Is it Safe?

In the earlier days of coronary bypass surgery, patients would not only have to endure the intense pain originating from the chest incision and chest cracking necessary for the surgeons to get to…

Bret Hanna

Utahn Champions The Demise Of The Feres Doctrine

The Feres Doctrine was created by a 1950 U.S. Supreme Court decision that, for the most part, precludes U.S. military service members from pursuing damages for injuries or death caused by non-combat…