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Database Reveals Drug Kickbacks To Doctors

Published on Nov 5, 2014 at 8:40 am in Medical Malpractice.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CSM) has unveiled a new database designed to disclose payments made by drug and medical device manufacturers to doctors and teaching hospitals. The site called “Open Payments” has drawn criticism from the industry and doctors who say it was filled with errors. Consumer advocates charge that the site is under-reporting payments

The CMS collected the data and posted it online last week as part of a transparency initiative mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

CMS said that the purpose of the site is “to help consumers understand the financial relationships between the health care industry, and physicians and teaching hospitals.”

AMA Challenges Doctor Ratings

Published on Oct 17, 2014 at 8:04 am in Medical Malpractice.

The Affordable Care Act has called for a federal ranking of doctors, but the fledgling system has created some controversy.

Not All Doctors Included

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are supposed to provide data about physician quality, but so far the site has only limited data.

So far, the comparison site only includes 66 group practices out of tens of thousands of group practices in the U.S. It also only covers 141 accountable care organizations (ACO) out of a possible 600. ACOs are partnerships between doctors and hospitals. CMS says it is using a “phased approach for public reporting to make sure the data are accurate.”

Morcellators’ Role in Cancer Creating Controversy

Published on Oct 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have warned that the use of laparoscopic morcellators can spread undetected cancer, specifically leiomyosarcoma, some doctors continue to use the device.

Morcellators are small blades that can be used in laparoscopic surgery to remove a uterus (hysterectomy) or fibroids (myomectomy). The device had become very popular because it breaks apart tissue so it can be removed from a small incision, offering a less invasive procedure with shorter recovery times and lower risk of infection compared to traditional abdominal surgeries.

The problem is that deadly sarcomas can masquerade as fibroids, and go undetected until they are removed and examined. Evidence is surfacing that when the morcellators are used on the sarcomas, it spreads the cancer and can worsen a patient’s long-term prognosis.

After Joan Rivers, Should Patients Worry About Ambulatory Surgical Centers?

Published on Oct 2, 2014 at 8:33 am in Medical Malpractice.

The incident that led to Joan Rivers’ heart attack occurred at what is called an ambulatory surgical center. Rivers’ procedure was an endoscopy, considered a routine procedure, to look at her vocal chords. During this outpatient surgery at Yorkville Endoscopy Center on August 28, she experienced cardiac arrest, and then was transferred by ambulance to Mount Sinai Hospital. She never regained consciousness; the hospital put her into a medically induced coma, and then later on life support before she died on September 4.

So far, there are no allegations of any wrongdoing. The state is investigating the incident and the center announced that its medical director was stepping down.

Oregon Nurse Guilty of Abusing Patients

Published on Sep 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Kentucky Personal InjuryA male nurse at Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center has pled guilty to sexually assaulting patients and one co-worker. In a disturbing string of events, it turns out these assaults occurred over four years, from 2009 to 2013, and during this time the hospital had received complaints about the nurse and did not take action.

The charges, which are alarming by any standards, were that the nurse assaulted nine patients, including two women hospitalized for miscarriages, some with psychological problems, and one who suffered a broken back. He raped at least one of the women while he was supposed to be helping her into the bathroom; instead he locked the door and assaulted her.