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February 2014 Archives

Kentucky patients might see more nurse practitioners

Going to the doctor when you are sick is usually associated with actually seeing a doctor. That trend, however, might be changing with a bill signed by Kentucky Gov. Beshear on Feb. 13, 2014. Senate Bill 7 gives qualified nurse practitioners the right to prescribe certain medications without having to have a collaborative agreement with a physician. The president of the Kentucky Medical Association says that access to health care will likely increase as a result of this bill.

Brain injury patients might benefit from brain implant study

Suffering from any type of brain injury can have an impact on the rest of a person's life. In some cases, the impact is minimal and life returns to normal. When the impact is significant, the long-term effects can be devastating. Research being done by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency might lead to a lessened impact of traumatic brain injuries.

2012 Kentucky medical malpractice settlements total $96.3 million

With all of the news of medical malpractice coming out of Kentucky lately, readers might be curious about how some of the various types of medical malpractice rank in the state. Data from the Kentucky Department of Insurance sheds some light on the number of claims resolved against various types of providers in the state. The data presented is for 2012 because the data for 2013 isn't yet available.

Change may be coming to Kentucky medical malpractice process

Seeking medical care is an exercise in trust. You put at least some trust in the professionals you see during your examination and treatment. Unfortunately, there are some people in the medical field that don't always act ethically or responsibly. When this occurs, the patient often has to file a complaint about the inappropriate actions of the doctor or other medical personnel. If one group has its way, people who have complaints against their doctors or other medical professionals might have a new system to go through to lodge those complaints.

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