It Is The Wild West Out There.
In the movies, the wild west is always portrayed as a lawless place in which the sheriff was either outgunned or corrupt and citizens were at the mercy of the bad guys. You had to protect yourself because there was … Read More
Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, PODS, Secrecy, Surgical Errors
Beware! Beware! Beware! Part II
Last week I wrote about scams being perpetrated on patients. This week the scammers took on Medicare and the health insurance industry. Over a period of five years, a woman and her doctor husband operated a surgery “institute,” which defrauded … Read More
Beware! Beware! Beware!
Healthcare is a multi-billion dollar industry. Where there is money, there are fraudsters and scammers. The healthcare industry has more than its share. Some of these scammers target Medicare and health insurers but many target individuals. Don’t be one of … Read More
The Important Doctor You Never See
There is a doctor whose work is very important to your health. Her decisions may be the difference between life and death for you. Her decisions may determine if you undergo surgery. Her decisions may determine what drugs you receive. … Read More
Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, prostate cancer testing, Secrecy
The physician/patient relationship is one of the most important in our lives. We place our lives and our trust in the hands of the physicians who provide medical treatment to us and our families. We want to believe that they … Read More
Physician Conflicts of Interest
Physicians occupy a special place in our society. They are respected and honored. They are often well-compensated for their efforts. We trust our doctors. Very few patients ever think that the doctor who is recommending surgery or a particular treatment … Read More
Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Hip Replacement, Hospitals, joint replacement, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Orthopedics, PODS, Secrecy
The Dishonest Hospital
I came across an interesting story recently that resonated with me because I have seen this in my practice. A Kentucky woman who noticed a lump in her breast went to have it checked out at a local hospital. The … Read More
Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Fraud, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Mammogram, medical charts, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Secrecy
Doctors Behaving Badly.
Most of the instances of medical malpractice I see in my practice are of the unintentional variety. Someone made a mistake that ended up hurting a patient. There is another variety of medical malpractice, however, and my partner and I … Read More
The Coming (?) Telehealth Revolution.
The telehealth revolution is either coming or it is already here. It depends on whom you ask. Regardless of whom you ask, they will be quick to tell you that more is on the way. As with any fast-growing field, … Read More
Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Board Certification, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, General Health, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, science news, Vaccines
Hospitals Continue to Hide the Ball.
As anyone who observes our health care delivery system in action knows, hospitals are hotbeds of medical errors. It is not all their fault but it is a fact. There are so many people participating in patient care. There are … Read More
Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Fraud, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Nurses, plaintiff, Secrecy