DJP Update 8-19-2015: My article re Forty-Year Anniversary of Louisiana’s Medical Malpractice Act, Act 817 of 1975
The Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society also published again the 20-Year Anniversary article. It is attached to new article and both should be read to get full details of events surrounding passage of law.
Article also contains praise for California MICRA and Texas Medical Liability Reform (Prop 12 of 2003 changing Texas State Constitution and associated legislative passage of limits of liability.)
Excerpt from page 1 of article:
“Do your homework, have courage, and don’t give up!”1 Those words of wisdom for success from my heroic policeman dad once again proved correct in the medical liability reform battle in Louisiana in 1975 because of the leadership of Dr. John Cooksey of Monroe, Louisiana. Dr. Cooksey was the cheerleader who gathered the team and constantly inspired everyone.
Here we are at the 40th anniversary of the passage of the 1975 Medical Malpractice Act, Act 817.2 How time flies! Act 817 of 1975 lives and the Louisiana State Supreme Court has ruled the current law, a total cap on all damages with its 1984 amendment for unlimited future medical payments as incurred (La. Act 435 of 19843), constitutional in the Butler case previously cited in the 20-year anniversary article (reprinted in this issue of the Journal). Louisiana’s law was voted into law prior to California’s famous medical liability law.4 For another great triumph, see Texas and its success in 2003.5 Three different laws; three proven long-term successes.
Read entire article with hot links to references at:
DJP Update 3-28-2015 Race Day! THE UMSTEAD 100 MILE ENDURANCE RUN Today!
A note from Donald Jr, Executive Director/CEO of the Medical Association of Georgia, is below. Trey Reese is an attorney and also will run the race for the Think About It Campaign.
On behalf of Trey and I, I want to say thank you for the support of the Think About It Campaign. We are en route to the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Race in Raleigh, North Carolina. Trey and I will individually attempt to 100 miles in less than 30 hours.
We want to say thank you as we raised over $40,000 from over 80 donors.
If you want to follow our progress during the race, please follow my Twitter account below (DPalmisanoMAG) or Trey (treyreese). My father will also be using Twitter at DJPNews. My account will be run by my oldest son, so hopefully it will be timely and accurate.
The race begins at 6 am tomorrow. Weather is predicted to be cold.
Again, thank you for the support in the campaign as we will use the money to address the abuse associated with prescription drugs.
LinkedIn (Donald Palmisano, Jr.)
MAG Foundation President Jack M. Chapman Jr., M.D., applauded ‘Team Think About It,’ stating that, “What started as a simple concept evolved into one of our most successful fundraising events ever – and I am excited to know that we are going to use the money that was raised to purchase Naloxone (which first responders can use to offset the effects of drug overdoses) and prescription drug disposal boxes and to produce a video that will promote good prescribing practices.”
Dr. Chapman also thanked an anonymous donor who accounted for $10,000 of the $40,100 that was raised. He says, “This was an incredible act of selfless generosity – someone who simply wanted to help the people who live in this state.”
DJP comment: I want to thank all of the folks on the DJP Update who sent in money for this campaign, especially Dr. anonymous on the DJP Update list who called me and wanted his name listed as anonymous for the $1000. That message was forwarded on to DJP Jr.
Follow the progress of DJP Jr and Trey and in the 100 mile run starting at 6:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time in William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh, NC.
DJP Update 11-1-2013 Some doctor friends in the news; LAGNIAPPE: Paracord bracelets
One of the joys of being involved over the years in organized medicine at the local and national level is the opportunity to meet dedicated doctors and staff of organizations throughout the USA (and beyond) and make new friends.
Here are examples of two friends in the news. I know you can share others but I mention these individuals as illustrative of the dedication of physicians throughout the nation.
1- Dr. Robert S. Rigolosi received THE SPIRIT OF HEALING AWARD October 12, 2013, from Holy Name Medical Center for his medical achievements and commitment to outstanding patient care. As most of you know, Bob is the current chair of the New Jersey Delegation the the AMA.
He received the award at THE FOUNDERS BALL held at a gala event at Pier Sixty in New York City. Robin and I attended and it was truly gala. Robin and I sat next to the wonderful Dr. Walter and Susan Kahn at the event. Great fun. Dr. Rigolosi has many achievements including creating a facility that is a model for hospital-based dialysis centers throughout the United States. A brunch with Bob and Elaine, his professor wife and author, gave us the opportunity to visit further.
Bob’s medical accomplishments are well-known but here are two little known facts that I learned years ago when AMA president and visiting New Jersey.
a) Bob was a champion boxer who made it to the finals in 1956 for the American boxing team for the Olympics. He was offered an alternate spot but turned it down to finish his last semester in pre-med. Because of his boxing experience and fluency in Italian, Bob was called to the 1960 Olympics in Rome and “asked to chaperone an 18-year-old Cassius Clay, who went on to win the gold medal and then changed his name to Muhammad Ali.”
See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/Paramus_Dr_Bob_Rigolosi_never_lost_his_Olympic_spirit.html?page=all
b) In addition, Bob was an actor in a number of Italian movies. Love the posters of Bob in the movies!
Remember, every doctor you meet has a story outside of Medicine!
2- Dr. Monica Wehby, pediatric neurosurgeon and member of the AMA Board of Trustees, is running for the United States Senate from Oregon!
If there is anyone who has not met Monica, that person is in for a real treat. I had the privilege to testify with her before the Oregon Senate when I was AMA president advocating for medical liability reform in Oregon. She is a dedicated neurosurgeon, smart, and articulate. She does a great job testifying and handling questions using her experience as a neurosurgeon treating very ill children. Check out her Website and Twitter posts. See below.
She is running against an incumbent and the campaign will be expensive. Help her out with your support, including donations! More details at her Website. It is a nice Website and has a great photo of Monica. Also, be sure to watch the terrific video on on the home page.
Here is an excerpt from the “WHY I’M RUNNING” link from her home page.
“That pioneer spirit that our state was founded upon is under attack by a federal government that wants to control every aspect of our lives, our education, our healthcare system, and our businesses. When I talk to small business owners they are very concerned about all these new regulations, new laws, new taxes coming out of Washington D.C.. They don’t know whether to invest and grow their business, or hold back and see what happens to this economy. They don’t feel like they have a senator who is looking out for them.”
LAGNIAPPE: I always enjoy hearing of entrepreneurial adventures. That is an important part of the American Spirit. The individual who is the Webmaster for my Websites, Intrepid and On Leadership, decided to make paracord bracelets (made of parachute cord) and offer them for sale. I noticed his “WhoDat” version on his wrist. I ordered the same for myself and Robin. Oldest daughter requested one too and she now has it. These bracelets can be taken apart for 9 feet of very strong cord if needed for emergencies on camping trips etc. Also, the WhoDat version has a whistle built in.
Finally, here is Webmaster Bart Colosino on YouTube demonstrating how to make a paracord bracelet:
Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD, FACS
Intrepid Resources® / The Medical Risk Manager Company
5000 West Esplanade Ave., #432
Metairie, LA 70006
(Author of ON LEADERSHIP (2008, 2011 2nd edition) and THE LITTLE RED BOOK OF LEADERSHIP LESSONS (2012 & in bookstores and AMAZON now!)
DJP Updates: www.DJPupdate.com (See previous updates at this site.)
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/IntrepidResources Check out the videos. You can post your views on your own YouTube site.
This DJP Update goes to over 2300 leaders in Medicine representing all of the State Medical Associations and over 100 Specialty Societies plus some other friends.
You can share it with your members and it has the potential to reach 800,000 physicians.
To join the list, send me an email stating “Join DJP Update”
To get off the list, state ” Remove DJP Update” in subject line.