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Reports Reveal That Walgreens Execs New of Prescription Error Risks

Although completely preventable, prescription drug mistakes are some of the most persistent and damaging medical errors that can happen and cause nearly 9,000 people to die as a result each year. And according to The New York Times in a report published on February 21, 2020, executives from a major U.S. drug store chain know all too well how those mistakes can happen but still did nothing to help. Walgreens executives knew of the complaints by pharmacy employees that “unreasonable” stress levels were leading to errors in filling prescriptions. Executives later removed the damaging remarks and “high level findings” from presentations created by a consulting service hired to examine the company’s computer system for filling prescriptions, the Times said.

  • Amy Bixler, the director of pharmacy and retail operations at Walgreens, told consultants to delete a bullet point that mentioned how employees “sometimes skirted or completely ignored” proper procedures to meet corporate metrics.

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Illinois Hospitals and Coronavirus Disease Concerns

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that has since infected thousands of people in several international locations. Some scientific research has provided estimates that each infected person could spread the virus to as many as 3.5 people without effective containment measures. With new warnings from the CDC alarming Americans to brace for the likelihood that the coronavirus will spread to U.S. communities like Chicago, it is critical hospitals and local health departments are prepared.

As of February 24, 2020, two coronavirus cases have been detected and treated in the state of Illinois. CBS Chicago reported that a husband and wife couple in their 60s were being treated for the virus at St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates. The woman had recently returned from Wuhan. Her husband, who had not been in China, was also diagnosed with the virus. This was the first known case of human-to-human transmission of coronavirus in the U.S. In Illinois, 68 individuals have been tested for the virus, with the elderly couple being the only two positive cases reported at this time.

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Institute for Safe Medication Practices Releases Top 10 Medication Mistakes of 2019

About one in 5 Americans will experience a medical error in their lifetime. And medication a

nd prescription drug mistakes are some of the most common causes behind those errors, according to a new report published by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP).

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Up To 80% of Outpatient Medical Errors Are Preventable

Medical errors aren’t just a concerning issue for big hospital networks. A new white paper released in 2020 by the nonprofit Foundation for the Innovation and Development of Health Safety shows that as many as 4 in 10 patients are harmed in primary and outpatient healthcare settings (globally), with up to 80% of those medical errors preventable.

The whitepaper research highlights included:

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Delays in Treatment and Missing Medication Follow New Health Care Plan for Illinois Foster Kids on Medicaid

On February 1, 2020, nearly 2,500 children and young adults provided care through the Illinois foster care system lost their healthcare coverage due to what a Department of Healthcare and Family Services spokeswoman for the agency that runs the state Medicaid program, described as a “glitch” in a computer program. Although the state started transitioning its Medicaid program in 2011 from a traditional fee-for-service model to managed care, the move has remained troublesome for more an estimated 19,000 former foster children and approximately 17,000 more. The sensitive population in need of medical care through physician visits, therapies, and medication includes children who are victims of abuse and neglect, many of whom have highly complex physical, mental and behavioral health issues, but also those born with cognitive and physical disabilities.

According to several Illinois news reports:

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Changes to An Individuals’ Right of Access to Health Records 

In January 2018, Georgia-based Ciox Health filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services, arguing that some sections of the HIPAA Right of Access rules around third-party requests for patient records are impermissible under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Fast forward two years this month when a federal judge in the District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the “third-party directive” within the individual right of access “insofar as it expands the HITECH Act’s third-party directive beyond requests for a copy of an electronic health record with respect to protected health information (“PHI”) of an individual … in an electronic format.”

Additionally, the court held that the fee limitation should only apply to an individual’s request for access to their records, and does not apply to an individual’s request to transmit health documents to a third party.

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New CDC Report Shows U.S. Maternal Death Rate is Still Terrible

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System, for the first time in more than a decade, has released a new estimate of the maternal death rate in the U.S., and the numbers aren’t good. After a plea from medical researchers and women’s advocate groups surged in 2016 regarding huge problems with how maternal deaths were being inaccurately reported or not reported, the new data published on January 30, 2020, shows that the U.S. maternal mortality rate was 17.4 maternal deaths per 100,000 live birth in 2018.

According to the report, in 2018:

military malpractice lawsuitGovernment Is Ready to Process Military Malpractice Claims

Since 1950, U.S. Military members have been barred from suing the U.S. government for injury or death resulting from their military duties, including all claims of malpractice, under the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Feres doctrine. But after Army Sgt. First Class Richard Stayskal led a fight to file a $5 million claim for negligence by his Army physicians, a new law is in place that allows active-duty personnel to seek compensation for harm caused by a military health provider.

A bill dubbed the SFC Richard Stayskal Medical Accountability Act led lawmakers to include these changes in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act on December 20, 2019. The Act now allows troops (or their surviving family members) to file claims for personal injury or death caused by negligence or wrongful acts by a Department of Defense employed health care provider in a military hospital or clinic.

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Wisconsin Woman Died Soon After Leaving Emergency Room

A daycare teacher who was waiting to be seen in a Milwaukee hospital emergency room passed away just a few hours after she decided to leave and try an urgent care facility instead. News reports distributed by CNN on January 17, 2020 say she sought emergency medical care at Froedtert Hospital after experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath.

According to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner report, after waiting more than two hours, the 25-year-old left and went to seek help at an urgent care. She then collapsed as she arrived at the facility parking lot, and was pronounced dead not long after.

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Report Shows PICU Nurse Distractions from Work Phones Could Be Cause of Medication Errors

A late 2019 research study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that not only are pediatric nurses multitasking and overworked in intensive care units (ICU), they are receiving too many distracting calls on their work phones that may lead to mistakes in administering medications to young patients.

An overview of the report titled Association Between Mobile Telephone Interruptions and Medication Administration Errors in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit includes:

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