Healthcare Risk Management was honored recently in The Jesse H. Neal Awards, sponsored by the Association of Business Information & Media Companies of The Software Industry and Information Association.
Plaintiffs’ attorneys are on the lookout for several malpractice theories that trace patient harm back to an electronic health record that was flawed in its design or used improperly by clinicians, says Marion Munley, JD, an attorney in Scranton, PA, who has briefed others in her field.
Scot M. Silverstein, MD, is passionate about alerting the healthcare community to the patient safety risks posed by faulty electronic health records and the imperfect use of any EHR. That drive for patient safety was spurred largely by his own experience in trying to protect his mother when she entered a Pennsylvania hospital for treatment.
Risk managers and compliance officers just received a nice boost from the OIG at the Department of Health and Human Services, which recently issued guidance aimed at the governing boards of healthcare entities.
The $85 million settlement last year by a Florida hospital accused of violating the Stark law continues to yield lessons, notably an aggressive approach from federal prosecutors to allegations of false claims.
The Stark law settlement announced involving Halifax Hospital Medical Center in Daytona Beach, FL, stemmed from a whistleblower complaint filed by the hospital’s compliance officer and physician services director, who will receive $20.8 million of the $85 million settlement.
Malpractice filing deadlines don’t apply to patients who slip on a wet floor. That was the message from the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, CA, which recently reinstated a lawsuit by a woman who was injured in West Anaheim Medical Center while walking back to her bed from the bathroom.
Emergency medicine physicians are more prone to be sued for diagnosis-related issues than many other specialists because they treat patients who are unknown to them and who have a broad range of clinical problems, according to a recent study.
The overall quality of healthcare and patient safety are improving, particularly for hospital care and for measures that are being publicly reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
After experiencing symptoms of vertigo, the plaintiff went to the hospital and was advised to obtain an MRI. The MRI showed signs of small vessel ischemic disease, which the doctor believed to be normal for the plaintiff, as she was a woman in her 60s with high cholesterol.