Supreme Court prediction: Individual mandate unconstitutional. Remainder of law stands. Both parties declare victory. Then we have to put up with talking heads putting their spin on the decision for the next two weeks.
Beware what you write online … they’re watching. Study published in Emergency Medicine Journal analyzes the Twitter accounts of emergency physicians and determines that there is a “small inner network” of emergency physicians that are using Twitter to its full potential … whatever that means.
Use of electronic medical records associated with sixfold drop in medical malpractice claims? I call bullshit on that one. Electronic medical records have been around for many years and the incidence of medical malpractice claims has dropped by about half in the past 10 years. Even if we attributed all of the decrease to electronic medical record use and none to tort reform efforts, that still doesn’t bear out the numbers in this study. Does it make any difference that the study was funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality?
Dad upset because cost for four stitches in his son’s head at a specialty children’s hospital was twice as much as the cost for 12 stitches in dad’s leg. Hospital CEO attempts to justify cost by saying that is more costly to keep pediatric specialists at the hospital 24/7. Another example of why we need disclosure in costs associated with medical care. Dad may have made an informed decision to go elsewhere had he known the expense would be so much greater.
Elderly patient with arm fracture refused admission at hospital, then goes home and develops pneumonia. Patient’s family thought she should have been admitted in the first place. One writes letter to editor of newspaper … in Florida … stating that “the ER staff is a hassled, overworked lot that moves at a snail’s pace and the ER specialists seem oblivious to ailments except with the most urgent trauma.”
Washington State hospital plans to save $1 million per year by turning its 24 hour/day emergency department into a 12 hour/day walk in clinic. In other words, a lot of people who don’t have a means to pay for their care are going to soon be sent somewhere else.
Jury awards family $55 million after finding that doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital waited too long to perform a Caesarian section on a pregnant woman. Midwife was at patient’s home trying to deliver child when baby became “stuck”. Hospital allegedly delayed C-section for 2 hours.
If you don’t like shots and have ulcers which prevent you from taking NSAID pills, soon you’ll be able to snort new and improved brand name liquid Toradol.
A new law to correct every perceived wrong. US Treasury Department plans to ban debt collection in emergency departments of non-profit hospitals. Co-pay? We don’t need no stinking co-pay. Soon it may be against the law for hospitals to ask for it.
Expert witness wins nearly $400,000 in jury verdict after American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons published report of its disciplinary action against him for giving improper testimony in a medical negligence case. I’m scratching my head about this whole story.
If you were a Democrat running for re-election, you’d say that New Jersey trial lawyers don’t want patients to receive free medical care. New Jersey trial lawyers mount “fierce opposition” to legislation that would shield doctors from liability when the doctors provide free medical care to patients. The bill failed to pass. See how suing our way to better health care works? Now doctors who might otherwise provide free medical care to indigent patients in New Jersey have less of an incentive to do so.
$31 billion paid in medical malpractice premiums in 2011. Only $6 billion of that money went to compensate patients. The remainder went to attorney’s fees, legal costs, administrative costs, and insurance company profits. Oh, and another $650 billion is estimated to be spent on low yield testing to prevent lawsuits.