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New case confirms illegality of assisted suicide in New York

The New York Court of Appeals recently issued a decision in the Myers v. Schneiderman matter. 30 N.Y.3d 1 (2017).  The case involved a group of terminally ill patients and medical providers who brought an action in New York, challenging the interpretation of the law prohibiting assisted suicide. Specifically, the plaintiffs sought a declaration carving out an exception in the law for physicians, allowing the prescription of lethal doses of drugs to mentally competent terminally ill patients.

Physicians, use of technology and medical license investigations

Medical records are an important part of a patient's care. Proper documentation throughout the course of treatment is essential. Various regulations are in place to help better ensure that medical records are in order.

FAQs about investigations by New York's Medical Conduct Program

An investigation by the New York State Department's Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) and state Board for Professional Medical Conduct can result in serious ramifications. The investigation can negatively impact a professional's reputation and put his or her career at risk.

Medical error not the cause of most CP cases

Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in New York know that pregnancy, labor and delivery can be exciting times and experiences for parents yet there are always some risks associated with them. Sadly, medical errors are often pointed to as the causes of problems. The development of cerebral palsy in a baby or child is an example of a condition that health care providers may be accused of causing incorrectly.

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