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More People Filing Medical Malpractice Claims for Chronic Pain

Posted on: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Both the number of pain management specialists and medical malpractice claims for pain management-related injury and death increased between 1980 and 2012, according to results of a study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ 2014 Annual Meeting. But one statistic does not explain the other. “We found that pain claims increased by 6.3 percent for every 10 years, whereas the number of pain anesthesiologists increased by only 2.0 percent per 10 years,” Dr. Kelly Pollak told attendees. Since claims have changed in type and increased in severity, researchers hope anesthesiologists and doctors administering analgesics and opioids will take note […]

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Children Become Victims of Medication Mistakes Every Eight Minutes

Posted on: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

After reviewing a decade of poison control hotline data, researchers determined that 63,358 children were the victim of a medication mistake each year, Reuters reported. According to Forbes, 400 suffered serious injury and 25 died in that 10 years. Both Forbes and Fox News suggested those numbers may actually have been higher, since some parents may not have realized their mistake, others may have turned to Google instead of the poison control hotline, and still more may have been worried about the police getting involved. Who’s Making These Mistakes and How Can They Be Prevented? “Most studies have focused on […]

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Man Awarded $1.5 Million After Medication Mistake During Botched Cataract Surgery Causes Blindness

Posted on: Friday, October 17th, 2014

A man has been awarded $1.5 million in damages after his surgeon used the wrong drug and blinded him during cataract removal surgery, outpatientsurgery.net recently reported. The surgeon should have used ophthalmic dye VisionBlue; instead, he used the methylene blue his nurse handed him. “Both the nurse and a surgical technician testified that they announced what the drug was before it was given to [the doctor], but he testified that he didn’t hear them,” the article stated. The patient underwent a second procedure and a corneal transplant after the mistake, but neither restored vision to his left eye. He also […]

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Medicare Penalizing Ohio Hospitals Because Too Many Elderly Patients Were Readmitted Within 30 Days

Posted on: Friday, October 10th, 2014

Medicare is fining 2,610 hospitals across the country because too many elderly patients were readmitted within 30 days of being discharged, news-gazette.com reported October 10, 2014. That number includes OhioHealth Marion General Hospital and 106 other facilities. Despite being fined, OhioHealth’s numbers show improvement, marionstar.com said. For instance, the number of pneumonia patients who were readmitted within a month decreased from 27.5 percent in 2013 to 16.9 percent this year. Medicare began penalizing hospitals in 2012 per President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, USA Today reported September 30 of that year. More than 2,200 hospitals lost money. In 2013, about 1,450 […]

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The Problems with Medical Bills

Posted on: Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Medical bills are causing a myriad of problems for Americans, Nerd Wallet reported October 8, 2014. First, a study of Medicare claims revealed that 49 percent contained billing mistakes. One hospital made errors in more than 92 percent of of the 117 claims included in the audit. Second, 57 percent of those people who responded to a survey said their bill confused them; 63 percent said their bill was more than they thought it would be; and 73 percent said they would’ve made “better health decisions” if they’d known how steep their bill would be. Third, as Nerd Wallet reported […]

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Bedsores, Retained Surgical Instruments Top List of Medical Mistakes in One State

Posted on: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Last year, 293 hospitals and other facilities in a neighboring state made 111 medical mistakes, indystar.com reported October 7, 2014. “That’s more medical errors than have occurred in any year since the state started requiring facilities to report these events,” the article said. Allowing patients to develop bedsores was the most common form of malpractice. Forty-five patients suffered pressure sores in 2013. Twenty-seven people retained surgical instruments, such as sponges, needles, and catheters. That number reflects a 50 percent increase from 2012. “It has been estimated that 1500–2000 RSI cases occur each year in the United States,” nothingleftbehind.org has stated. […]

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If a Loved One Overdosed on Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, or Vicodin, Would You Know What To Do?

Posted on: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

September 28, 2014, hundreds of “Fed Up!” family members and friends marched toward the White House to protest the number of people dying from prescription drug overdoses in this country, washingtonpost.com reported. One hundred people die from an opioid overdose each day, per the CDC. About five Ohioans overdose each day, according to Healthy Ohio. In 2013, the president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) told mcclatchydc.com that these statistics amount to a “public health emergency.” PROP and Fed Up! urged the FDA to reclassify hydrocodone as a schedule II drug, so patients would have to see their doctor […]

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Actos Manufacturer Ordered to Pay $2 Million in Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

Posted on: Monday, October 6th, 2014

October 3, 2014, Bloomberg reported that a jury awarded a 79-year-old woman more than $2 million in damages in her lawsuit against type 2 diabetes drug manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. According to a press release on Takeda’s website, the trial began September 8, and the company plans to file an appeal. “She’s got a life of bladder cancer; it’s a fair verdict,” the plaintiff’s attorney told reporters. During trial, he argued that Takeda neglected to warn his client’s doctors about the risk of bladder cancer. “Takeda chose to protect profits rather than patients,” he said in closing arguments, per Bloomberg […]

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Medicare’s Somewhat Faulty Attempt at Preventing Medical Malpractice

Posted on: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Back in 2012, Kaiser Health News reported that Medicare would begin rewarding hospitals that provided quality care to patients and reducing payments to those that didn’t. “The Medicare program wants to ensure that the services they pay for are of high quality,” apta.org stated. As a result, Cleveland Clinic and 1,556 others were slated to receive bonuses, according to Kaiser’s December 20 article. Conversely, more than 2,200 hospitals were penalized because too many patients wound up readmitted within 30 days. “The way the program works is that Medicare is reducing payments to all hospitals by 1 percent, estimated at $964 […]

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Were You Overcharged for Your Surgery? Attorney Tom Robenalt Invites Your Medical Billing Questions

Posted on: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

When recovering from surgery, the last thing you need is a surprise medical bill, but that’s what’s happening to many people. One spinal fusion patient told nytimes.com that his hospital charged him $56,000, his anesthesiologist charged him $4,300, and his orthopedist charged him $133,000. He was also billed $2,470 and $3,990 for two surgical screws. “He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an ‘assistant surgeon’ [that he] did not recall meeting,” the September 20, 2014, article stated. Reasons behind unexpected fees are manyfold. First, the insurance company isn’t present in the OR, so it doesn’t know […]

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