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Study Finds Quality of Care Didn’t Improve After Hospital Merges

Published on Jan 16, 2020 at 2:20 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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In recent years, there has been a significant rise in hospital merger-and-acquisition activity. While hospitals claim the mergers benefit patients, recent evidence suggests otherwise. A January 2020 study from Harvard University researchers, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked for evidence of quality gains at 250 hospitals across the country acquired in deals between 2009 and 2013. The analysis, however, did not find any convincing evidence.

When you enter into a hospital, it’s unlikely you’re thinking about mergers, acquisitions, or executives making deals with other facilities. Instead, you’re focused on having your ailment or condition treated so you can get your life back in order. When hospital mergers get in the way of patient care, suffering patients may be able to take legal action. Let’s take a look at why hospitals merge and what a merger looks like for patients.

University of Evansville Under Investigation for Possible Title IX Violations

Published on Jan 9, 2020 at 10:23 am in Title IX.

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Aces Coach Walter McCarty is on administrative leave from the University of Evansville while he is investigated for possible Title IX violations, and UE President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz claims McCarty has been counseled about his behavior. The investigation is being conducted by a national law firm after a “troubling report,” and will provide a decision on Coach McCarty’s future status with the university.

2020 Ohio Law Changes

Published on Jan 6, 2020 at 11:34 am in Law and Information.

At Thomas Law Offices, we take time to learn about all the new laws being established in the states where we represent personal injury clients. In Ohio, a number of new law changes are happening in 2020. To understand the potential implications of the new laws, we’ll take a look at what’s changing January 1, including plastic bag bans, changes in the costs associated with driving electric cars, the minimum wage increase, and the taxing of certain car-sharing programs.

How Will Illinois Workers Be Better Protected in 2020?

Published on Jan 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm in Law and Information.

As the new year approaches, so do new laws. There are a number of law changes happening for Illinois residents in 2020. As an employee of any size company, it’s important to understand your legal rights and options under employment law. We’ll be looking at the implementation of the Workplace Transparency Act, Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act, and the amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act.

2020 Law Changes Coming to Kentucky

Published on Dec 20, 2019 at 9:57 am in Law and Information.

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As we head into a new decade, law changes are coming to Kentucky. As a resident of the state, it’s important to stay up-to-date on what laws are being added or changed, so you know what your legal rights and responsibilities are. We understand how confusing legal documents can be, and lawmakers don’t always inform the general public of what’s to come in a digestible way. That’s why we’re here to inform you of the changes coming to Kentucky in 2020.

Many of the new laws could impact personal injury claims in the future. The laws we’ll be discussing in this blog revolve around vision testing for driver’s license renewals, ignition interlock licenses for drunk driving offenders, and the possibility of increasing the purchase age for tobacco products.