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Anatomy of a Lawsuit Part II: Experts, Mediation, And Other Relevant Factors

My last blog installment, “Anatomy of a Lawsuit,” addressed the first part of the litigation process: initiation of the lawsuit, filing your answer, the 120-day expert requirement, written discovery, and depositions of the parties and fact witnesses. This blog entry picks up where we left off, addressing experts (designation and depositions), mediation, and other factors that will play into your case. The third, and final, entry will address dispositive motions and other motions impacting the outcome of your case, and the trial process. Experts: The “Heart” of your case Aside from preparing for and giving your deposition testimony, the most… Full Story

Children’s CEO Durovich On The Need To Prioritize And Renew CHIP

The Editorial Board of the venerable New York Times recently saw fit to call for a renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in its current form. Children’s Health wholeheartedly endorses this viewpoint on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Texas children who rely on the program to give them a start on a productive and healthy future. This meaningful primary healthcare access is inextricably linked to the future of our vibrant state and country. Raising healthy children requires a strong system that supports their health and wellness from the day they are born. CHIP is a critical… Full Story

Strength Lies in Numbers: Working Together to Manage Healthcare Premiums

You and I might make the right decisions about appropriate use of the ER and generic drugs. We might be smart health care consumers and shop for the best care at the best price. And we might always stay in network and manage our chronic conditions. But what about the other 4,000 people in our group plan? Full Story

Breaking Down Healthcare’s Susceptibility To Hacking In Wake Of Anthem Breach

There are a lot of people saying that healthcare is particularly vulnerable to hacking. And, full disclosure, most of them stand to profit if you believe them (including HIPAA experts like me, in fact). The recent breach of insurance giant Anthem’s patient data gives an opportunity for a bunch of news articles on just this point. So let’s consider it for a moment. Much hacking and phishing is aimed at access to quick-value money: credit card numbers that can be used right away (with the victim perhaps not knowing about the use until the bill comes, or perhaps not even noticing it… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Health Reflects On 30 Years Of Transplantation

Dr. Göran Klintmalm, chairman of transplantation at Baylor Scott & White Health, recently told a room full of listeners stories of how he and other leaders at Baylor launched the transplant program here exactly 30 years ago. It was 1984. Dr. Klintmalm kept pockets full of nickels and knew the location of every pay phone in East Dallas, always prepared to make impromptu phone calls to procure organs for his patients. Full Story

Adapting To Healthcare’s New Payment Models: Value Versus Volume

While these programs have been rolling out over the last several years, HHS is stepping up the implementation. Last week, the feds announced measurable goals and a timeline to transition Medicare, and the overall healthcare system to paying providers based on performance. And improving technology and communication will play a critical role in the success of these models. Full Story

Using Cutting-Edge Technology To Reduce The Cost Of Healthcare

Many patients associate medical treatments with discomfort, oftentimes due to the potentially lengthy procedure and recovery time. Fortunately, the latest technological innovations can help shorten procedures and limit complications and recovery times, and we are frequently seeing new technology added to medical centers to treat patients as efficiently as possible. Full Story