Medical Malpractice – Feds Will Release Hospital Mistake Data

September 9, 2014

This is very important news. Releasing publicly and naming providers who commit easily preventable mistakes such as leaving a foreign object inside a patient after a surgery is done will go a long way in helping these Hospitals to improve their practices. The important thins to remember is that these are mistakes that are preventable and leads to patient death or further injuries and complications.

This is very different and distinct from an operation that does not lead to an expected result–medicine is an art and human body is a complicated machine and bad results may occur absent any sort of negligence.

Federal regulators are reversing course and will resume publicly releasing data on hospital mistakes, including when foreign objects are left in patients’ bodies or people get the wrong blood type.

USA TODAY reported last month that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quietly stopped publicly reporting a host of life-threatening mistakes, after denying in 2013 that it would do so.

CMS says it will make this data on eight “hospital-acquired conditions” HACs available on its website.

“We are working to make it available as a public-use file for researchers and others who are interested in the data,” CMS spokesman Aaron Albright said in an e-mail. “It’s been requested, so we will make it available.”

via Feds reverse course, will release hospital mistake data.

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Medical Malpractice

July 20, 2014

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Medical Malpractice – Doctor Walks Out On Patient During Surgery

March 12, 2014

It’s unbelievable. A heart surgeon, who is practicing today, has a history of walking out on patients in the middle of open heart surgeries, according to a hospital administrator who filed a whistleblower lawsuit. The lawsuit follows a state report which found that a 72 year old patient is in a persistent vegetative state after the surgeon failed to close his chest cavity and told an unqualified physician assistant to finish the surgery. The doctor reportedly went out to lunch.

Allegations in the patient and whistleblower lawsuits point to alcohol abuse and repeated misconduct by the physician covered up by the hospital.

If ever there was a poster child for the need for patient safety reform, we think it is Dr. Pervaiz Chaudhry and Community Regional Medical Center.

via Terrifying | Consumer Watchdog.

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The Whole Truth About Medical Malpractice And Insurance

February 10, 2010

ITLA released a white paper entitled “The Whole Truth About Medical Malpractice and Insurance.” (Click on the link for a copy of the paper.) The paper examines and refutes the propaganda being spread by those seeking to destroy the tort system in Illinois.

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98,000 People Die Each Year From Preventable Medical Errors.

February 9, 2010

Medical Error Leads to Congressman Murtha’s Death

While various news outlets have described the death of Congressman John Murtha’s (D-PA) as resulting from “complications following gallbladder surgery,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the “complications” involved an error by Murtha’s surgeons.

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There Is No Epdiemic of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

December 14, 2009

Medical negligence cases aren’t ‘frivolous’

Moreover, the term “frivolous lawsuit” has no application in medical negligence cases. Does Ms. House really believe that lawyers file frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits? Such a claim frankly is incredulous for several reasons: First, the law requires that a patient must file an affidavit with the court indicating that he/she has a letter of merit from physician(s) supporting the allegations of negligence. Without it, the lawsuit gets dismissed. Secondly, these cases are extremely expensive. Expert witnesses for both the patient and the health care providers are expensive to retain and to consult. That expense is borne by the attorney since the injured patient many times has no means of financial support. No lawyer is going to advance thousands of dollars to promote a case of futility. Finally, any lawyer who takes on a health care provider must educate himself with regard to the basic issues of medicine involved in the particular case. This research is extremely time consuming but absolutely essential if the lawyer is going to represent the client effectively.

Why would I or any other lawyer invest so much energy into a frivolous matter?

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Keep Focus on Health Reform – Tort Reform Is A Red Herring!

December 7, 2009

Medical malpractice reform steers debate off course

Lawmakers in Washington should look to Florida as a example. Since caps on noneconomic damages and attorney fees were implemented in the state five years ago, malpractice claims paid by insurers have declined, and insurers have enjoyed consistent profits. Yet medical costs have continued to rise and are now among the highest in the nation, demonstrating that malpractice insurance premiums and jury awards make up a very small part of the overall cost of medicine.

While doctors have enjoyed lower insurance premiums and insurers have seen strong and steady profits, medical errors continue to claim thousands of lives every year, and serious errors happen more in the U.S. than in other rich countries, as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently found. In Florida and other states with caps, the victims are finding it very difficult to retain qualified attorneys to take on their cases because the economics of the system have become heavily skewed in favor of the healthcare providers and insurers.

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