Femara (letrozole) is an oral, non-steroidal aromatase inhibitor, usually indicated for the treatment of hormonally responsive breast cancer after surgery and radiation. This medication lowers estrogen levels in postmenopausal women, which can slow the growth of certain types of breast tumors. It may be prescribed for women with ovulation problems, or for the ones with unexplained infertility, being used for ovarian stimulation. It also increases pregnancy chances in ovulating women.
Bid-for-Placement: what does it mean? Why do we need it?
A bid is a sum of money that a lawyer offers for the opportunity of talking to a client, to receive his contact information and discuss his case (the minimum amount you can bid on is 6 law dollars).
It’s important to remember that a lawyer’s bid on a case determines where in the list of competing, “bidding” lawyers their profile will be displayed to the clients, who posted the case. The profile with the highest bid will be displayed first and the lowest, respectively, the last.
Imagine losing a family member or loved one to what you thought was a cancer related death. One day you read in the newspaper that the Oncologist, Michigan doctor Farid Fata, has been charged with massive Medicare fraud, including giving $35 million in needless chemotherapy to patients. Now you are questioning whether or not the treatments provided by Dr. Fata were in fact even necessary and if those treatments could have been the cause of death.
Jeff Burrs lost his father to kidney failure which occurred during chemotherapy treatments that had been prescribed by Dr. Fata. Mr. Burrs is now requesting his father’s medical records from Crittenton Hospital in Rochester and has learned the following:
- Request will take 7-13 days to process;
- Mr. Burrs will be invoiced a bill for the medical record request;
- The hospital policy is that when a patient requests medical records for treatment purposes, there is no charge for the service of providing those records. If the request however; is for personal or legal reasons, there will be a charge to provide the records;
- Crittenton Hospital uses Medical Records Online, Inc. (“MRO”), a third party provider based in Pennsylvania, to fulfill all medical record requests;
On July 18, 2013, the City of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy making it the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history as measured by the amount of outstanding debt. Detroit is estimated to owe $18-$20 billion in debt over 10,000+ creditors, 100 discrete bond issuances and 50 labor bargaining units. Prior to the Detroit filing, Jefferson County, Alabama’s $4 billion filing in 2011 had been the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in the United States.
So where did things go so horribly wrong? The above video is the first in a three part series on the Detroit bankruptcy filing. Video #1 concentrates on The Economics of Failure. The video begins with an illustration of demographic trends for the following three major U.S. cities:
- Dallas – People are solidly moving into Dallas due to limited taxes; limited benefits and reduced regulation;
- Los Angeles – While the climate of Los Angeles still attracts people to the state, high state income tax and the most restrictive environment regulations in the country are driving many people out of the state of California;
- Detroit – There is a massive population exodus from Detroit with virtually no immigration due to the city drowning in debt from more than 50 years of democratic mayors running the city. The video cites cronyism, incompetence and crime as some of the major contributors.
Why should a lawyer bother to write an outstanding biography and why is it the most important part of the lawyer profile? It’s so simple!
A bio is a snapshot of a lawyer’s professional experience:
who they are,
what they do,
specialist expertise and
examples of client work.
A good biography “sells” their expertise to potential new clients.
On August 6, 2013, a Criminal Complaint was filed against Michigan Oncologist Dr. Farid Fata in Federal Court in the county of Oakland in the Eastern District of Michigan. The Defendant was charged by the U.S. Government with Healthcare Fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1347.
In an affidavit in support of the Complaint, Special Agent Brian Fairweather who was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) alleges the following violations:
- Healthcare Fraud – 18 U.S.C. 1347
- Distribution of Controlled Substances – 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1)
- Money Laundering – 18 U.S.C. 1956 and 18 U.S.C. 1957
- Payment or receipt of Healthcare Kickbacks – 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7(b)(1)(A) and 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7(b)(2)(A)
More specifically, the Complaint alleges the following:
- Administration of unnecessary chemotherapy to patients in remission
- Deliberate misdiagnosis of patients having cancer to justify unnecessary cancer treatment
- Administration of chemotherapy to end-of-life patients who will not benefit from the treatment
- Deliberate misdiagnosis of patients with cancer to justify expensive testing
- Fabrication of other diagnoses such as anemia and fatigue to justify unnecessary hematology treatments
- Distribution of controlled substances to patients without medical necessity
What is an Elevator Pitch?
An “Elevator Pitch”, also known as an elevator speech or statement, is a short summary used to quickly define a person, product, profession or organization and its Value Proposition. The name “elevator pitch” conveys that the person who is delivering the message has about the same time that it takes the typical elevator to go from the ground floor the top floor to convince their audience about their proposal. A well designed elevator pitch should be between 30 and 60 seconds.
How to Write a Good Elevator Pitch
The “Elevator Pitch” on Legal Bistro is five lines (500 words maximum) of text that are displayed to potential clients in what we call the “Short Profile Preview”. This is the very first thing that a potential client will see about you and your law firm so you should give a lot of thought to what you would like to say.
Do you need a lawyer but are intimidated by the legal process? Are you concerned that professional legal services may be financially out of reach? Perhaps English is not your native language and you are having trouble finding a qualified attorney with whom you can effectively communicate. Don’t worry, if you answered yes to any of these questions you are not alone.
We built Legal Bistro because we were inspired by the contribution that Lending Tree made to the process for finding a mortgage lender. Lending Tree used the power of the Internet to bring online competition in the mortgage application process. Equally important is that Lending Tree’s website has helped consumers to better understand the process of applying for a home loan. We hope that Legal Bistro can achieve similar results in the legal services market.
When Lawyers Compete, You Win!
The single biggest reason why consumers love our service is because Legal Bistro facilitates lawyers competing online to serve the client. Our Company motto is that When Lawyers Compete, the Client Wins! Frankly, we believe that both lawyers and consumers win when the competitive playing field has been leveled.
Are you happy with the current Return on Investment (“ROI”) for your online legal services marketing dollars? Are you spending too much of your time qualifying leads? Do you know anything about the visitors to your law firm’s website besides their IP Address and the date and time of their visit? More specifically, are you being provided with case specific facts that will help you evaluate their legal needs?
If you have answered yes to some or all of these questions then perhaps you will appreciate why lawyers love Legal Bistro.
YOU ARE IN CONTROL
You decide what cases you see based on the Practice Groups, Case Types and Tag or Key Words used when defining your Areas of Practice.
In a recent Reuter’s article written by Scott Malone entitled: Vermont set to become third U.S. state to allow assisted suicide, is reported that on Monday Vermont lawmakers approved a physician-assisted suicide bill to allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients who want to die.
The bill awaits to be signed into law by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin who has indicated support for the measure. He believes this is the right thing to do, which would offer Vermonters who face terminal illness at the end of life a choice to control their destiny and avoid unnecessary suffering.
Doctor-assisted suicide has been already legalized in Oregon and Washington in voter referendums.
The procedure of a doctor-assisted suicide has some safeguards. Two doctors, the patient’s primary physician and the consulting doctor, must make the medical determination that their patient is suffering from a terminal illness and is capable of making an informed decision to request death-inducing drugs. Under the bill the patient has to request the drugs twice, with 15 days separating the first and second requests. Moreover, the patients must apply the drugs to themselves only.