Smelling

This is the third (of five) ‘Sense’ posts (Click here for ‘Seeing’ from two weeks ago) on how litigation unfolds, according to our five senses. These were interrupted by Hurricane Irma. The sense of smell can be extraordinarily evocative, bringing back pictures as sharp as photographs of scenes that had left the conscious mind. – Thalassa Cruso […]

August 17, 2017

Few Outcome Measures Meet Criteria for Assessing Accuracy and Validity, According to Two Joint Commission Executives I blog about deaths from negligence and medical error being under reported. I also blog about Joint Commission procedures and the secrecy of peer review proceedings. Maybe the authorities are beginning to come around to my way of thinking.

Local Quality Fraud in Healthcare Drives Up Costs: Help Us Eradicate it

From DOJ as reported in the Fort Myers News Press (A Gannet paper) “Today’s settlement demonstrates our unwavering commitment to protect the Medicare trust fund against unscrupulous providers,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “Providers who waste taxpayer dollars by billing for unnecessary services will […]

Overdose (No. 3)

This is the third in our blog series on obtaining and using confidential peer review records in litigation. In Overdose (No. 1), I reviewed JCAHO Hospital Root Cause Analysis and Sentinel Event Reporting. In Overdose (No. 2), I reviewed Hospital adverse medical incident reports, including Code 15 reports on nursing negligence submitted in Florida to the […]