Will Reforming Our Malpractice Systems Lead To a Reduction in Health Care Spending?

Posted on November 24, 2014 by

Proponents of malpractice reform say that changes will reduce the cost of healthcare, but an evidence-based viewpoint shows that this way of thinking is limited in scope and fails to address several key points in the debate about reform. The basis of the pro-reform argument is the notion of “defensive medicine,” which suggests that doctors,… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice

Florida Cracking Down on “Pill Mills”

Posted on November 19, 2014 by

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi made it a priority to get rid of the state’s “pill mills”, or clinics that provide excess amounts of medication to patients. While the state has made remarkable progress in shutting down clinics that break the law, her work is far from over. As the St. Augustine Record points out,… Read more »

Posted in Medication Errors

What Caused Joan Rivers’ Death?

Posted on November 17, 2014 by

Joan Rivers died on September 4, 2014. At the time, coroners claimed that complications during surgery caused the 81-year-old comedian’s passing. Now, more reports are emerging about potential malpractice that occurred before her death. How Did Joan Rivers Die? Rivers initially underwent a minor vocal cord operation. As reports from the Department of Health and… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Surgical Errors

Which Florida Hospitals Are the Safest?

Posted on November 12, 2014 by

The Leapfrog Group, a business-backed information group focused on patient safety, released a new analysis for Florida hospitals. Their report rated almost half of them an A on error prevention. Brandon Regional Medical Center is Leapfrog’s most-improved hospital, jumping from a D to an A in just six months. The suburban Tampa facility is part… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Misdiagnosis, Surgical Errors

How Much Do Readmissions Cost Hospitals?

Posted on November 10, 2014 by

Based on the new standards outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals all over Florida will pay millions in fines for high readmission rates. In 2013, almost two million Medicare patients were readmitted to hospitals within 30 days of their initial treatment, costing roughly $26 billion. Healthcare officials believe that they could save Medicare… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, Surgical Errors

Gainesville VA Hospital Pays Millions in Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Posted on November 05, 2014 by

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Gainesville paid and settled more wrongful death cases than almost any other medical center in Florida. The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville paid more than $5 million in wrongful death settlements in the decade following September 11. The Lake City medical center, operating in the same health system,… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Misdiagnosis, Surgical Errors

How Common Are Hospital Infections?

Posted on November 03, 2014 by

At least six Florida hospitals are having trouble controlling their infection rate, putting patients at risk for serious health complications. Did My Hospital Cause My Infection? Every year, 1 in 25 hospital patients sustains an infection during treatment. Unfortunately, about 75,000 of those patients lose their lives. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) establishes infection… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Surgical Errors

Florida Couple Wins Birth Injury Lawsuit

Posted on October 31, 2014 by

A Florida couple sued their doctor and ultrasound technician for failing to tell them their son was disabled before he was born. The young couple was diligent about prenatal care and following doctor’s orders, so they were excited to welcome the new addition to their family. Tragically, the child was born catastrophically disabled, with no… Read more »

Posted in Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Trial, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis


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