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Why Are Medical Errors Still a Leading Cause of Death?

Why Are Medical Errors Still a Leading Cause of Death?

Why are medical errors the third leading cause of death? It was a question asked frequently by the consumer press back in May 2016, in response to an article in BMJ (Makary & Daniel, 2016) that analyzed medical literature on such errors to better understand their contribution to deaths. However, there’s a more pressing question that the article by John Hopkins researchers Martin Makary, profes ...Read More →

The Patients Were Saved. That’s Why the Families Are Suing.

The Patients Were Saved. That’s Why the Families Are Suing.

What happened to Beatrice Weisman before dawn on Aug. 29, 2013, was not supposed to happen: The medical staff at Maryland General Hospital found her in cardiac arrest, resuscitated her and kept her alive. The matriarch of a close-knit family on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Ms. Weisman, then 83, had suffered a serious stroke in June and had spent weeks in two hospitals. Fortunately, she and her husban ...Read More →

Claim Study: Maintaining and Addressing Issues with Hospital Equipment

Claim Study: Maintaining and Addressing Issues with Hospital Equipment

  FROM THE CLAIMS CONSULTANT by: Stan Strasner, Senior Claims Consultant It is important that a hospital have a designated schedule for maintenance and cleaning of their equipment. These schedules should cover in house testing as well as preventive maintenance. They should be easily accessible and readily available for the staff to see. This will also serve to potentially mitigate any legal c ...Read More →

By Law, Hospitals Now Must Tell Medicare Patients When Care is ‘Observation’ Only

By Law, Hospitals Now Must Tell Medicare Patients When Care is ‘Observation’ Only

Under a new federal law, hospitals across the country must now alert Medicare patients when they are getting observation care and why they were not admitted — even if they stay in the hospital a few nights. For years, seniors often found out only when they got surprise bills for the services Medicare doesn’t cover for observation patients, including some drugs and expensive nursing home care. The ...Read More →

Norepinephrine Shortage Linked to Mortality in Patients with Septic Shock

Norepinephrine Shortage Linked to Mortality in Patients with Septic Shock

A national shortage of norepinephrine in the United States was associated with higher rates of mortality among patients hospitalized with septic shock, investigators reported. Rates of in-hospital mortality in 2011 were 40% during quarters when hospitals were facing shortages and 36% when they were not, Emily Vail, MD, and her associates said at the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Em ...Read More →

Patient’s Death After Scuffle With Hospital Security Officer Ruled Homicide

Patient’s Death After Scuffle With Hospital Security Officer Ruled Homicide

The Greenville County Coroner has concluded the cause of death of a patient at Greenville (S.C.) Memorial Hospital on Monday morning was traumatic asphyxiation, according to The Greenville News. The patient, 48-year-old Donald Keith Smith, died after a fight with a hospital security officer. Mr. Smith was admitted to Greenville Memorial with a gunshot wound to the arm. He reportedly became combati ...Read More →

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Claim Study: Ingenious Strategy

FROM THE CLAIMS CONSULTANT by: Alan Daigrepont, Senior Claims Consultant Ingenious Strategy Several newsletters ago, we reviewed the importance of investigation and utilizing social media to thwart bogus claims. Our injured worker thought she had outsmarted the system. The claim began innocently enough with a strain/sprain injury to the lower back. The initial red flag was the choice of physician ...Read More →

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Nearly Half a Million U.S. Doctors Warn That Climate Change is Making Us Sick

More than 434,000 physicians ― more than half the doctors in the U.S. ― joined together in a newly formed medical consortium warning the public about the effects climate change is already having on health. The Consortium on Climate & Health includes a dozen top medical associations covering fields ranging from allergies and asthma to internal medicine to psychiatry. In one of its first moves, ...Read More →

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Claim Study: Medication Decisions for Chronic Pain Patients

  FROM THE CLAIMS CONSULTANT by: Jamie Lamb, Senior Claims Consultant Chronic pain patients can be problematic when trying to help them manage their pain with a course of care that will provide maximum benefit with the least amount of risk. Prescription medications, specifically steroid medications, come with significant risk when used for anything other than short term treatment. Our case st ...Read More →

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Identifying and Reducing Complications After Emergency Room Discharge

When an inpatient experiences an adverse incident or a near miss, hospitals with appropriate patient safety and quality assurance programs determine through an explicit risk-based prioritization methodology whether they should conduct a thorough investigation. The principal goal of that investigation, of course, is to determine what should be done to prevent or reduce the likelihood of a similar i ...Read More →