- Woodbury hospital lawsuit pits privacy rights vs. cover-up allegations
Source: Star Tribune (Sunday January 6, 2013)
Hospital wanted damaging notes destroyed, ex-worker says.
- Supreme Court to decide whether Duluth doctor gets jury trial
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Tuesday September 4, 2012)
The Minnesota Supreme Court heard the case of a Duluth neurologist Tuesday who sued a patient’s son after being criticized on rate-your-doctor websites for his bedside manner.
- New law will reveal more on doctors
Source: Star Tribune (Saturday May 5, 2012)
Besides access to more data, patients will get quicker response to complaints. A bill that pushes the state medical board for more accountability and transparency is signed into law.
- Doctor's suit tests limits of online criticism
Source: Star Tribune (Saturday March 24, 2012)
Doctor sues unhappy consumer for online defamation, and now the case is pending before the Minnesota Supreme Court.
- Secrecy on medical-device prices hurts buyers, GAO says
Source: MN Star Tribune (Saturday February 11, 2012)
The report from the U.S. General Accounting Office — which turned up a difference of more than $8,000 for one cardiac device alone — found that confidentiality clauses in sales contracts keep even the physicians who decide which devices to use in the dark about prices. A study of device charges has been requested by Sen. Max Baucus.
- Number of adverse health events in Minnesota hospitals increases slightly in 2011
Minnesota’s 2011 Adverse Events Report press release
- The Money Trail: Erik Paulsen gets financial jolt from medical tech industry
Source: The Minnesota Independent (Friday October 21, 2011)
“As co-chair of the House Medical Technology Caucus, U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen has battled for the medical devices industry since he took office in 2009. Industry Political Action Committees (PACs) and executives have responded to his advocacy with a deluge of campaign donations, helping to make Paulsen the lead fundraiser in Minnesota’s House delegation.”
- Duluth reporters use malpractice database to track doc’s settlements
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Wednesday June 15, 2011)
Two reporters use the National Practitioner Data Bank, a federal database that tracks malpractice cases, to find settlement amounts for medical lawsuits.
- Oversight of doctors fails to alert consumers to those who have been disciplined
Investigative reporting on problem doctors who slip under the public radar.
- In Texas, former Duluth surgeon may be sanction-free
Source: Duluth News Tribune (Tuesday May 31, 2011)
Doctor who was disciplined in Minnesota for allegedly harming patients doesn’t have to comply with MN sanctions in order to keep practicing medicine in another state.