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Oct. 11, 2018
  Volume IX  |  Issue 41 
Hurricane Michael Update
Gaining fury with every passing hour, Hurricane Michael began pounding the Florida Panhandle with sideways-blown rain and
Dramatic video: Hurricane Michael obliterates Mexico Beach, FL
Hurricane Michael obliterates Mexico Beach, FL
crashing waves Wednesday as it closed in on the coastline with potentially catastrophic winds of 150 mph. It was the most powerful storm on record to menace the roughly 200-mile stretch of fishing towns, military bases and spring-break beaches.

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The Importance of Early Reporting and Early Resolution 
Bill Kanich, MD
Mutual Matters

Deciding when to report a bad outcome is a difficult decision for physicians and healthcare providers. On the one hand, providers are obligated to report outcomes that could lead to claims to their malpractice insurance provider; on the other, reporting every unanticipated outcome could quickly become burdensome. All states have different requirements for reporting certain incidents. In addition, The Joint Commission adopted a formal Sentinel Event Policy in 1996. Sentinel events are patient safety events that result in death, permanent harm, severe temporary harm or require an intervention to sustain life.
Feds greenlight healthcare mega merger
David Goldman reports for CNN Business on 10.10.18:
A landmark healthcare merger is inches away from the finish line. CVS has gained the US government's approval to buy Aetna. The $69 billion acquisition, announced in December 2017, will drastically remap the healthcare industry. CVS is a massive drugstore chain and prescription insurer, and Aetna is one of the nation's largest health insurers. It is the largest health insurance deal in history, far exceeding Express Scripts' $29 billion acquisition of Medco in 2012, the last record-holder. To gain the Trump administration's approval, Aetna agreed to spin off its Medicare Part D prescription drug business. The Justice Department settled with CVS and Aetna on Wednesday. Pending a judge's approval of the settlement, the deal will be completed.
How to survive a medical liability lawsuit 
I do not feel that I truly survived my lawsuit. Sure, I am alive, but the emotional toll it took on me during the four years that we co-existed was tremendous. That being said, I do feel that it taught me several things that may be helpful to others.
My lawsuit occurred very early in my career. The series of events that led up to it happened when I was a mere 15 months into my pediatric practice. Being named in a lawsuit as a young new physician led to serious self-doubt and much thought about how to abandon medicine as a career entirely. Being $100,000 in debt from my medical education (a sum that pales in comparison to what many of my trainees these days have racked up) certainly motivated me to continue practicing medicine. It also influenced my decision to pay back my student loans as quickly as possible, despite favorable interest rates. I saw my medical school debt as a psychological burden more than a financial one. I could not abandon medicine until those debts were paid.