Medical roundup

  • ObamaCare challenge: D.C. Circuit vacates Halbig decision for en banc rehearing [Roger Pilon, earlier]
  • ACLU and SEIU California affiliates oppose trial lawyers’ higher-damages-plus-drug-testing Proposition 46 [No On 46, earlier] As does Sacramento Bee in an editorial;
  • Rethinking the use of patient restraints in hospitals [Ravi Parikh, Atlantic; legal fears not mentioned, however]
  • Certificate of need regulation: “I didn’t know the state of Illinois had a standard for the maximum permissible size of a hospital room.” [John Cochrane]
  • In China, according to a study by Benjamin Liebman of Columbia Law School, hired malpractice mobs “consistently extract more money from hospitals than legal proceedings do” [Christopher Beam, The New Yorker]
  • Overview of (private-lawyer-driven) municipal suits on painkiller marketing [John Schwartz, New York Times, earlier] More: Chicago’s contingency deal with Cohen Milstein on opioid lawsuit [LNL] More: Rob Green, Abnormal Use.
  • “So In The End, The VA Was Rewarded, Not Punished” [Coyote]

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  • Related (cousins) to ““So In The End, The VA Was Rewarded, Not Punished”….

    WASHINGTON – A Veterans Benefits Administration employee from Nashville was allowed to resign before he could be disciplined for wasting government time and money, the VA has told Congress.

    The employee, Richard Moore, resigned July 25, four months after the inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs found he had spent more than $109,000 on travel “without proper authorization or any supervisory oversight,” and used his government computer for sexually explicit video communications to friends.

    Moore was put on paid administrative leave in March, a few days after the report was released. Investigators found he had been given favorable performance reviews and a promotion.