Law Day: The Fourteenth Amendment

President Eisenhower created Law Day in the United States for the first day of May. This year, the American Bar Association has chosen the theme of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution – the most cited and litigated provision in our Constitution. Passed in 1868 after the Civil War, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the freeing […]

Charles No. 3

After Florida voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment 7, the Florida’s Legislature tried to tear its heart out by passing Florida Statute Section 381.028 at the behest of their paymasters, the health industry. The Statute explicitly contradicted Amendment 7 by making the information available to consumers an industry secret again. Under the Statute, there was no way […]

A Landmark Decision for Patient Safety and Our Role In It

A week ago, the Florida Supreme Court decided Charles v. Baptist, a medical malpractice case filed by my Father in Duval County (Jacksonville). As is often the case, the result is rightfully credited to an army of skilled lawyers – most of them fronting their time and their money on behalf of a relatively powerless […]

Lee Memorial and Quality Fraud

In the last weekly blog, we learned that medical error is the third leading cause of death: “Metrics For A New ‘Patient Centric Safety Movement’”. Since the IOM and Johns-Hopkins studies referenced there, the news has grown worse: The Washington Post now reports medical errors are the third leading cause of death. Quality Fraud is a […]

Quality Fraud Drives Medical Costs

Daraprim was first made available in 1952. It treats toxoplasmosis and cystoisosporiasis, diseases caused by eating undercooked food and other digestive problems – often with no detectable symptoms. Turing Pharma, operated by Martin Shkreli, bought this old drug in August of 2015, immediately jacking up the price of Daraprim from about $13 a pill to […]

Quality Fraud Drives Medical and Insurance Costs Up

In 1999, HHS announced 371 criminal indictments for health care billing fraud, up 61% from the previous year[1]. DOJ convicted 396 Defendants for health care fraud, filed 2,278 civil matters relating to health care fraud and excluded 2,976 providers from billing Federal programs like Medicare and Medicaid as a result of fraud[2]. These cases included […]