Court awards $5.7M to doc set up by hospital; UM, Mercy, Mosaic form provider network;

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> A California appellate court awarded $5.7 million to Michael Fitzgibbons, M.D., who claimed a hospital chain framed him on gun charges to retaliate for criticizing it, according the Orange County Register. Article

> University of Missouri Health Care will collaborate with Mercy and Mosaic Life Care to form a multi-state provider network, the university announced. Announcement

> Only abut 60 percent of patients who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention received referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before discharge, highlighting the need for better hospital-level referral rates, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Study abstract

Practice Management News

> Whether retail health is a threat or an asset to primary care providers, there's no question it's a game changer. The good news is that most patients do not regard retail clinics as a substitute for regular primary care, according to a survey from Kalorama Information, but the health needs that do drive patients to use convenience clinics should cause traditional practices concern. Article

> There are several valid reasons a patient or family member may wish to take an audio recording of a medical visit, but many doctors are uncomfortable with being on the record in this manner. A recent article from the Washington Post discusses both sides of the issue, as well as how physicians can navigate the risks associated with either allowing or not allowing patients to record visits. Article

And Finally… Birthday wishes for oldest practicing nurse. Article