This is my first blog for my firm, Axelrod & Dean LLP, and I thought it might make some sense to begin with what we will be trying to do here. This is a healthcare litigation blog but I intend it to be different from the litigation blogs by healthcare law firms – at least that I’ve seen – and I read at least a dozen.

What strikes me most about these litigation blogs are two things: they seem to be aimed at lawyers, and they don’t seem to be all that interactive.

They all contain summaries of court opinions. And that’s great. But I’m a lawyer and frankly if an opinion is really important to me I’m not going to rely on someone else’s summary; I’m going to get the decision and read it myself.

But more importantly, if you’re not a lawyer – if you’re a doctor or head of a provider practice group or a hospital executive – I don’t think a lawyer summarizing some court opinion and leaving you to your own devices as to what it all means to your business is all that helpful to you.

What is more helpful in a blog is to get a timely understanding of how a court decision may impact your practice, and then hopefully review posts from others with similar issues. Isn’t that what a blog is?

And that brings up the second issue I have: interactivity. Some so-called blogs aren’t interactive at all, so readers can’t post responses and, of course, the blogger can’t interact. A non-interactive blog is a book report.

So now that I’ve said what this blog isn’t, what is this blog specifically?

First, I intend to provide timely information about health care decisions and litigation strategy and most importantly describe how they may affect your practice.

Second, this blog is not some device simply to advertise my firm or its cases.

Third, I will encourage you to respond and I will reply. The best outcome is for us to have a dialogue together. You may disagree with me and, if you do I will learn from you.

Finally, on occasion and in true blog tradition, I may forgo describing cases every once in a while and just rant.

So, let us begin.