The claim that medical malpractice payments are the culprit for rising health care costs has recently been discredited. According to a Public Citizen report, medical malpractice payments were at their lowest level on record in 2011. However, the report points out that the vast majority of patients are not being compensated, thus forcing patients to…

New technology may be the key to help properly diagnose patients and avoid common errors that affect a doctor’s judgment, such as poor communication, cognitive factors, and poor teamwork. According to CNN, although there are some concerns about the quality of care in data-driven healthcare, it’s expected that data science will eventually replace 80 percent…

Between 2009 and 2011, Excela Health’s Greenburg Hospital allegedly performed unnecessary cardiac stent procedures, and officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services investigated the case, according to TribLive News. Although Excela Health reimbursed the federal government nearly $2 million in Medicare payments this past July, the Justice Department prohibited Excela from releasing…

Hospitals and physicians use disclosure-and-resolution programs to disclose adverse events that affected patients and their families, apologize for the events, and offer compensation if necessary, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. Despite recent attention to this approach for medical malpractice, a new study found that patients’ reactions to compensation offers are complex, as some patients believe…

After several trips to the Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, Robert Downey woke up in a hospital and discovered that his hands and legs had been amputated.  Downey and his wife, Cheri, believe the hospital repeatedly failed to properly diagnose an infection that spread to his limbs and caused the need for amputation.  The Downeys…

In 2010, Malyia Jeffers’ parents rushed her to the hospital as the two-year-old’s skin turned purple and streptococcus spread through her body. Despite the skin discoloration, weakness, and fever, the family was told to wait, and Malyia grew sicker. After a four-hour wait, Malyia was finally seen by a doctor, but her legs and portions…

With society’s pressing desire for youthful appearances, new medical spas have been spreading across South Florida, but not all are following Florida protocols. Various medical facilities and spas are starting to offer new beauty and aging treatments, but experts are warning that not all of these facilities are operating under the supervision of a qualified…

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