Risk managers have largely embraced the idea of apologizing after an adverse event and communicating fully with the patient or family members, in no small part because this approach has been proven to reduce malpractice costs. It just seems like the right thing to do and promotes a positive image of the hospital.
After a three-day trial, a Fairfax County, VA, jury ordered an anesthesiologist and her practice to pay a patient $500,000 for disparaging remarks made during surgery and a false diagnosis on his chart. The man might never have known about the offenses if he had not accidentally recorded the encounter on his smartphone.
Analysis is good, but acting on that information is what really makes a difference. That’s the message from the National Patient Safety Foundation, which revised its guidelines for conducting a root cause analysis. Read More
In a case involving the most defendants charged and largest alleged loss amount in the history of the federal fraud task force, a nationwide sweep has led to charges against 243 individuals, including 46 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings.
Patients who undergo spine surgery in a community known to be an aggressive malpractice environment are likely to be hospitalized longer and incur higher charges, according to a study published recently in The Spine Journal.
The DOJ sued four hospital systems that it says for years unlawfully agreed to allocate territories for marketing, which it says denied consumers and physicians important information about competing providers and other benefits of unfettered competition.
A 2-year-old girl died after her stomach ruptured from a recurring and treatable symptom. The girl had stomach issues in July 2009. After being sent to a second hospital, an examination of the gastrointestinal tract revealed the girl suffered from gastric volvulus, which can cause the stomach to twist on its axis.