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Claim Study: What Things are Subject to Surgical “Count”?

  FROM THE CLAIMS CONSULTANT by: Mike Walsh, Liability Claims Manager We have two cases pending before Medical Review Panels that deal with the alleged failure of the surgical nursing staff to properly count material used during the procedure; therefore resulting in a retained foreign body that necessitated subsequent procedures to remove. In the first case, a 47-year-old male underwent surge ...Read More →

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FDA Bans Powdered Surgical Gloves

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced it has finalized its proposed ban on powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient exam gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating surgical gloves. The measure will take effect on January 19, 2017. The ban also applies to similar gloves used in dentistry. The goal is to “reduce the number of adverse events associated with using ...Read More →

Claim Study: Hand-Off Communication When Transferring Patients

Claim Study: Hand-Off Communication When Transferring Patients

  FROM THE CLAIMS CONSULTANT by: Mike Walsh, Liability Claims Manager A 73- year-old male was admitted through the emergency room to ICU for cardiac issues that included chest pain and shortness of breath. During his stay on the ICU he was combative during episodes when the shortness of breath became exacerbated. ER nurses obtained an order for restraints from the admitting physician. At some ...Read More →

2017 AHA Environmental Scan

2017 AHA Environmental Scan

We know change is constant in health care. What is stable is the common vision shared by hospitals and health systems of a society of healthy communities where every individual can reach his or her highest potential for health. To meet this commitment, hospitals are redefining the blue and white “H” in different ways that are right for their communities and the patients they serve. This Environmen ...Read More →

Patient Safety Efforts Save $28 Billion Over Five Years

Patient Safety Efforts Save $28 Billion Over Five Years

Efforts to make hospitals safer for patients are paying off, preventing 3.1 million harmful hospital-acquired conditions and the deaths of some 125,000 people, according to an HHS report released Monday. Those improvements saved close to $28 billion in healthcare costs from 2010 through 2015. Healthcare leaders touted this progress as a direct result of policies laid out in the Affordable Care Act ...Read More →

Mumps Alert Update

Mumps Alert Update

This is a message from the Louisiana Department of Health Emergency Operations Center (LDH EOC). Please share and distribute with relevant stakeholders and partners through your own distribution channels. BE ON THE ALERT FOR MUMPS, ESPECIALLY IN SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN. The Arkansas Department of Health is investigating a mumps outbreak that may have infected over 1,800 people, the majority of which ...Read More →

Negligent Credentialing and Coverage Under the Trust

Negligent Credentialing and Coverage Under the Trust

In light of the recent Louisiana Supreme Court opinion ruling that allegations of “negligent credentialing” are not subject to the malpractice act’s limitation on damages, we thought it would be beneficial to our Trust members to review how such allegations are addressed by the Trust coverages. First and foremost, please rest assured that the Trust Fund does provide coverage for ...Read More →

The Credentialing Process and Informed Consent

The Credentialing Process and Informed Consent

Liability and the Credentialing Process On October 19, 2016, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that allegations of “negligent credentialing” do not fall with the parameters of the Medical Malpractice Act. Thus, such allegations will not be presented for an opinion from a Medical Review Panel and will not be subject to the $500,000 “cap” on damages. Although allegations related to the credentialing ...Read More →

CMS Releases Potential Reporting Measures

CMS Releases Potential Reporting Measures

CMS last week released a list of 97 reporting measures for hospitals, clinician practices, nursing homes, dialysis facilities, and other settings. The measures are being considered for use in Medicare’s quality and value-based purchasing programs. This year, 39% of the measures focus on patient outcomes, while the remainder focus on patient safety, cost, and appropriate use of diagnostics and serv ...Read More →

Informed Consent and Patient Safety

Informed Consent and Patient Safety

Informed consent is an agreement or permission accompanied by full notice about the care, treatment or service that is the subject of consent. A patient must be apprised of the nature, risks and alternatives of a medical procedure or treatment before the physician or other healthcare professional begins any such course. After receiving this information, the patient then either consents to or refus ...Read More →