The data from surgical “black boxes” would revive liability concerns that previously arose from patients recording childbirth and the practice of surgeons giving patients a video of their procedure to take home, legal experts say.
Wrong-site surgery errors persist even after years of concerted efforts to avoid them, and some of the standard prevention policies and procedures might not be effective enough. Some hospitals are finding other ways to prevent this never event and other errors.
Research reports from the Veterans Health Administration suggest that surgeons are affected by hearing tales of wrong-site errors and the lessons learned, but that adherence to the Universal Protocol does not prevent the errors.
Risk managers want to lower malpractice damages and improve patient safety, but recent research suggests that those goals might be at odds with each other. Legislation that caps malpractice damages actually might lead clinicians to make more errors. The reason? They relax, because they know the potential consequences are limited.
Many hospitals use problem lists as a way to catalog all health issues affecting a patient, or at least those that are particularly noteworthy for other physicians. A recent study and malpractice case, however, highlight the risk posed by having a policy on problem lists and not following it.
Several revisions have been proposed to the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, including a new exception to the regulations under the federal physician self-referral law, commonly referred to as the Stark Law.
Cancer Care Group agreed to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. Cancer Care paid $750,000 and will adopt a robust corrective action plan to correct deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program.
More than a dozen major medical societies and healthcare organizations, including patient and consumer advocates and government partners, have joined forces to address diagnostic errors in medicine, through the newly formed Coalition to Improve Diagnosis.
News: In 2009, a 64-year-old man went to the hospital seeking treatment for his broken foot and an exacerbation of his COPD. While in the hospital’s ED, he was given 3 mg of Dilaudid, a powerful opioid used to manage pain. He was given the drug three times, 1 mg at a time over three hours.