Articles Posted in Healthcare

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According to federal officials, The University of Chicago Medical Center has violated the federal law of Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act by not following emergency room procedure. The Chicago hospital failed to provide a medical screening to a 78 year old man who died last month in their emergency room. The alleged violation could lead to loss of federal funding from the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly. The Joint Commission, which is given the power to accredit hospitals, is also going to investigate the alleged violation. The Illinois hospital said it has the correct policies and procedures in place and will take disciplinary action against its staff employees who may not have followed protocol.

Read more about the alleged hospital violation here.

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Key players from Congress and the Obama Administration are once again bringing medical malpractice reform to the table. An AP article discusses that these changes could benefit doctors and hospitals but they would also harm a plaintiff’s ability to seek just compensation when they are involved in a medical malpractice case. Trial lawyers argue that medical malpractice lawsuits are not to blame for rising health care costs and only account for a very small portion of costs.

To read the full article about medical malpractice reform, visit the link.

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An AIDS doctor pled guilty to four counts of billing fraud and making false healthcare statements on Tuesday. The doctor admittedly watered down prescription doses given to patients. Meanwhile, he sent letters to Medicare requesting the full dosed prescriptions and claiming ex-patients still needed the drugs. The medications were for AIDS, HIV, and hepatitis patients. According to the doctor’s attorney, “a failure to provide the full dose of these medications would not necessarily shorten the life or cause the death of a patient.”

Read more about the guilty doctor here.

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Old practices such as handwritten medical records transferred between hospitals will not support the health reform America needs today. Medical errors result “in thousands of unnecessary deaths and excess costs.” The authors feel medical malpractice would be reduced if doctors and hospitals updated their patient data exchange with each other. They think this will lead to better decision making and less negligence on the doctors’ parts.

Read more about the author’s health reform here.