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Nov 29, 2012 Guardianship case in McLean illustrates lack of regulation for those caring for the elderly

QUOTE: raised questions among elder-care advocates and legislators about how a small number of paid guardians — both lawyers and non-lawyer professionals — are treating the aging and how states oversee the process.

Washington Post
Feb 28, 2012 Virginia Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill as Other States Take Notice

QUOTE: Changing course after an unwelcome national uproar, the Virginia Senate adopted a revised bill on Tuesday that still requires doctors to perform an ultrasound on women before they have an abortion, but also says that women cannot be forced to have an invasive vaginal ultrasound....The Senate vote came after a bitter debate in which Democrats pleaded with the body not to adopt a bill that they said remained — even with the changes — demeaning to women and insulting to doctors.

New York Times
Feb 11, 2012 Dishonest doctors: Why physicians lie

QUOTE: although two-thirds of doctors agree they should share serious medical errors with their patients, one-third did not completely agree. Nearly two-fifths of the respondents said they did not disclose their financial relationships with drug and device companies. And more than 55% of physicians said they often or sometimes described a patient's prognosis in a more positive manner than the facts might support.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 18, 2011 Lawyers and Accountants Once Put Integrity First

QUOTE: as our economy fitfully heals, it would be prudent to ask whether lawyers and accountants offer the same protection against corporate misconduct that they once did. Three or four decades ago, investors and regulators could rely on these professionals to provide a check on corporate risk-taking. But over time, attorneys and auditors came to see their practices not as independent firms that strengthen the integrity of capitalism, but as businesses measured chiefly by the earnings of their partners.

New York Times
Apr 20, 2011 Stumbling Into Bad Behavior

QUOTE: They overlook transgressions — bending a rule to help a colleague, overlooking information that might damage the reputation of a client — because it is in their interest to do so… Good people unknowingly contribute to unethical actions, so reforms need to address the often hidden influences on our behavior.

New York Times
Jun 29, 2009 Should Securities Arbitration Be Mandatory? (Intelligent Investing)

QUOTE: The question being asked is a good question. The answer, I fear, may not be so good for many investors.

Oct 26, 2008 Quickly Vetted, Treatment Is Offered to Patients

QUOTE: "F.D.A. officials defend the quick-review process as a way to promote innovation. Because most new products are simply an improvement on an existing device, they say, there is rarely need for a full review.... Critics say the F.D.A.’s process for reviewing medical technology, under which medical devices have become a $75 billion-a-year industry in this country, is often too lax."

New York Times
Oct 24, 2008 Half of Doctors Routinely Prescribe Placebos

QUOTE: Half of all American doctors responding to a nationwide survey say they regularly prescribe placebos to patients. The results trouble medical ethicists, who say more research is needed to determine whether doctors must deceive patients in order for placebos to work.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2008 What to expect from your doctor

QUOTE: be seen in a timely manner....test results in a timely manner...Your doctor -- not the staff -- should call you with bad results....Your doctor should tell you what medicines you're getting and their side effects....Your doctor should explain everything in terms you can understand

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 22, 2008 In Vioxx Settlement, Testing a Legal Ideal: A Lawyer’s Loyalty

QUOTE: ...a critic of the settlement [between Merck and lawyers of various plantiffs who claim Vioxx caused their heart attacks and strokes], said that the deal ran afoul of a fundamental ethics rule prohibiting lawyers from promising not to handle certain cases in exchange for settlement money.

New York Times
Sep 21, 2004 Insuring Controversy: When Malpractice Premiums Jump, Some Docs Ask Patients to 'Donate' to the Cause

QUOTE: "Physicians are getting crushed by the combination of malpractice cost shocks and declining reimbursement...As a result, there is great interest in surcharges or access fees."

Washington Post
Apr 20, 2003 Lawyer Whose Disclosure Brought Down a Judge Is Punished

QUOTE: A lawyer who divulged a client's confidences to bring down a corrupt judge acted improperly, the Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. It suspended the lawyer, Douglas Schafer, for six months.

New York Times
Apr 15, 2003 Patient privacy still a waiting game

QUOTE: The deadline to set safeguards to ensure the privacy of patient information--a key regulation mandated by a 1996 federal law--went into effect on Monday. But the number of medical institutions and physician practices meeting the deadline is likely to be paltry, according to estimates.
Apr 15, 2003 Techs Tangle With Privacy Regs

QUOTE: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a broad and complex set of federal privacy rules, went into effect Monday. HIPAA regulations are intended to give people more control over how their medical information is used.

Apr 07, 2003 Drivers not telling doctors of seizures

QUOTE: Some report concealing episodes because they don't want to lose their licenses, a survey finds.

Los Angeles Times