Socialized Medicine in Lee County, Florida

The Lee Memorial Health System is a Florida Municipal District, authorized by Government Charter to operate hospital services in Lee County, Florida. It is now the only provider of hospital services in Lee County, Florida – owning each and every one of the hospitals currently operating here. In addition, LMHS aggressively pursued the rest of […]

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 […]

Metrics For A New ‘Patient-Centric’ Safety Movement

According to the Institute of Medicine in the 1990’s, an estimated 100,000 people died as a result of medical mistakes every year in the U.S. (a number that has more than doubled, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University). The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is a Congressionally mandated, non-profit research body. Their initial […]

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 […]

Consumer Harms Caused By Technology

  The experts call it “emergent properties”: malware and bugs that attack medical devices through outdated software used by medical offices, clinics and hospitals. Study Finds Medical Device Flaws Go Unfixed. “TrapX staff traced back attacks to compromised PCs associated with radiation oncology systems, PACS (picture archive and communications systems) that serve multiple different radiologic systems.The […]

Data Breach: A Patients Rights Revolution

“…patients have to learn to diagnose themselves before they know which specialist to call.” The Problem On November 13, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation notified 21st Oncology (based here in Ft. Myers) to that over two million patients’ confidential records and data in 21st Century’s possession and control had been collected and sold by […]

Medicare’s Repeal

When the Congress convenes in 2017, the first items on the agenda appear to be repeal of health insurance for 75 million Americans. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/11/paul-ryan-says-medicare-privatization-is-on.html If Medicare and the Affordable Care Act are repealed, pre-existing conditions would presumably be the law of the land at the same time that tens of millions lose their insurance. Those […]