We Are At The Bottom. Again. Still.
USA! USA! We’re Number – Eleven? The Commonwealth Fund was founded in 1918 to create better, more accessible health care systems. Since 2004, it has been conducting studies of the health care systems of the richest eleven countries in the … Read More
The Never Event.
In 2001, the concept of “never events” was introduced. The idea was that a never event was one which was identifiable, caused serious injury or death and was almost always preventable. The original list has grown and there are now … Read More
Posted in Birth Injuries, blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Medication Errors, never events, Nurses, Pharmacy Malpractice, Prescription Errors, retained surgical instruments, Secrecy, Surgical Errors
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
Hospital Pricing is Crazy and Unfair
If you want an example of why we in the United States pay more per capita for health care than anyone else but don’t get much for our money, look no further than the data being reluctantly released by hospitals … Read More
Many Hospitals Prey On Their Patients
Last week’s New York Times ran an article about how rich hospitals profit from their patient’s car accidents. The article showed how hospitals take advantage of old lien laws enacted to ensure patients received treatment in the days before widespread … Read More
Posted in Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Insurance Law, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, plaintiff
Hospital Pricing Is Broken.
A recent study by the RAND Corporation discovered that hospitals across the United States charge private health insurers far more than they charge Medicare for the same services. The amount by which hospital bills exceed what they are paid by … Read More
How Much Longer Can Fee For Service Last?
I recently read a post by a representative of the American College of Cardiology which discussed the origin of the fee for service model and its pernicious effects on the delivery of health care in the United States. Fee for … Read More
Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, healthy living, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Rationing
Hospitals are where the sick people are. While patients may go home after they get better, they often leave bacteria and viruses behind, where they infect the next round of patients. You may go to the hospital to get well, … Read More
Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, General Health, health, healthy living, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medicare, Nurses, Sepsis
Hospital Greed in the Era of Covid.
It is late May 2020 in the Imperial Valley of California. The sun is high and hot. Temperatures exceed 110 degrees. The Novel Coronavirus is also running hot. The only two hospitals in the entire Imperial Valley are swamped with … Read More