Not a laughing matter. Not even a smiling matter … especially for the patient. Man goes to see dentist for a toothache. Dentist just happens to be the girlfriend that he broke up with three days earlier for another woman. While patient was under anesthesia, the dentist pulls the affected tooth … and all his other teeth as well. Now patient’s new girlfriend dumped him and dentist faces three years in prison.
Former med mal attorney and former presidential candidate John Edwards rejects plea deal and goes to trial to decide whether he violated campaign finance laws by accepting more than $1 million to hide his pregnant mistress. Since the cover-up was exposed, Elizabeth Edwards, his wife, lost her battle with breast cancer. Reporters note that there are many more trial witnesses yet to be called.
One can only wonder whether prosecutors will be able to channel Ms. Edwards’ thoughts in the same way that Mr. Edwards used to channel the thoughts of brain-damaged infants in his malpractice trials.
Karma sucks, eh counselor?
“You keep quiet or I’ll wash your mouth out with soap.”
Kids getting high by drinking hand sanitizer — which has an alcohol content higher than most liquors.
The Feeding Tube Diet? You have to be kidding me. Brides pay $1,500 to have feeding tube inserted for 2 weeks prior to their weddings so that they can be fed an 800 calorie per day diet. For only $100, I’d tell you to follow the Paleo diet, but then North Carolina would file sanctions against me or something.
Massachusetts cites three hospitals for inappropriately treating patients in emergency department.
According to a study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, professional translators in the emergency department decrease the number of potentially serious translation errors by nearly half. Only problem is that with cuts in payments to hospitals and providers, few hospitals can afford to have professional translators – especially in areas with multiple ethnic groups.
Now according to ETATA – the Emergency Translation and Active Talking Act – the translators should be providing their services to everyone who needs the services regardless of their ability to pay.
Wishful thinking. At $4 per minute, the translators are making way more money than the doctors who treat the patients.
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance company fined $1 million by New York State for inappropriately denying payment for patients’ emergency department visits. After getting caught, the insurance company repaid the affected policyholders and vowed to take “corrective action.”
What happens when a premium is placed on timeliness of emergency department care? Hospital administrators “manipulate” data. This Australian administrator just happened to get caught. If the government officials sincerely think this was an isolated incident and that it doesn’t happen anywhere else, they are naive and should consider resigning.
NY Presbyterian Hospital settles birth injury lawsuit for $5.3 million. Doctors allegedly didn’t take enough steps to prevent a child’s premature birth and as a result, the child was born with cerebral palsy.
Amount of money spent on defending and paying for malpractice lawsuits hits new record. Study done by Patients for Fair Compensation shows that costs increased to $31 billion in 2011, with only $6 billion of that money going to patients and the remainder to legal costs, administrative costs and insurance company profits. In addition, the organization estimates that $650 billion is wasted each year on defensive medicine.
To put things in perspective, though, the leadership for Patients for Fair Compensation is comprised of executives from a physician staffing company, a hospital CEO, the founder of Medical Justice, and healthcare policy wonk/blogger John Goodman.
Want to be a certified forensic consultant? Just pony up $495, watch a video, pass a test, and as soon as your check clears, you’ll get this nice certificate from the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.
When you’re done, you can also get a Certification in Homeland Security. The Navy has paid more than $8.5 million for sailors to obtain similar credentials.
The Chair of the ACFEI Advisory Board is Cyril Wecht, the famous pathologist and former Allegheny County Coroner.