This guy must have been really naughty this year. An assailant brutally beat a man who was stacking wood near his home, leaving him with gashes and bruises over most of his body. Emergency department staff were amazed that the patient was not in worse shape. Police are on the lookout for one of Santa’s reindeer.
Beating a 5-week-old infant to the point that she has to go to the emergency department won’t garner you much sympathy in the comments section of a newspaper post.
Could this be why Michael Jackson liked using propofol as a sleep aid? Studies have shown that up to 50% of patients sedated using propofol have a sexually-orientated dream. Apparently some patients actually believe that they have engaged intercourse when they awaken and some have even complained to state medical boards about the sexually inappropriate actions of physicians treating them. Wow.
Former news anchorman Tom Brokaw involved in motor vehicle accident that kills another motorist.
Is David Hasselhoff becoming a frequent flyer? His daughter called 911 after he had a seizure. According to the article, Hasselhoff has been hospitalized for alcohol poisoning “more than five times in the past few years.”
Miami Thrice. South Florida tops the list of ATRA’s judicial hellholes yet again.
Will looming pharmacy reimbursement cuts affect Medicaid recipients’ access to medications? The Deficit Reduction Act mandates $8.4 billion cut in Medicaid spending – most coming from decreases in reimbursement to pharmacies for prescription drugs. A Government Accountability Office study showed that if those cuts were implemented, pharmacies would lose an average of 36% on every prescription they filled. Expert testimony in a lawsuit seeking to prevent the cuts showed that 10,000 to 12,000 pharmacies, most in underserved areas, would close because of the cuts. Many other pharmacies would likely stop participating in the Medicaid system. Access to prescription medications for Medicaid recipients would be significantly decreased.
But at least those patients have insurance, right?
Michael Woods’ Rhode Island children may be “financially secure” for the rest of their lives, but now Rhode Island’s governor Don Carcieri is proposing to cut almost $4 million in payments to hospitals that treat the poor. If the proposal becomes law, hospitals will likely have to lay off staff, which will naturally decrease the services available to everyone. The government that has the power to provide everything to you has the power to take everything away from you.
House votes to postpone 21% physician payments cuts until March 2010. Hey. Good work! Substandard payments for two more months before a lot of doctors leave Medicare. Woo hoo!
Obama extends COBRA subsidy another two months. Now anyone laid off before February 28 will be eligible to receive the subsidy – which pays two thirds of COBRA premiums for 15 months.
Given the above, is anyone beginning to wonder why the government is waiting until March to implement these decisions that would diminish access to medical care? Is there some decision everyone is going to have to vote on in February?
Another example of someone with “insurance” unable to obtain medical care. A patient has a hemangioma in his brain, but no doctor will perform surgery on him because the reimbursements that his Medicaid insurance pays are so low. “Doctors tell him that his condition is operable — but that they can’t accept him without conventional insurance.” Even with insurance, his family is being crushed by medical bills.
Hospitals that spend the most on end-of-life care may be penalized under the new health bill. Medicare pays UCLA an average of $50,000 during a patient’s last six months of life, while Medicare pays Mayo Clinic only half that much. The health care bill would create a study on how to reward hospitals for providing “cost effective” care (read that as “low cost care”) and possibly penalize “high-cost” centers through lower payments.
Should rural specialty hospitals with less than one patient per day coming to their emergency departments be required to have emergency physicians on site 24 hours per day? Rural hospitals say that it is a waste of resources. Would such a practice amount to a slippery slope?