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November 2015 Archives

Suing the federal government for medical error

Last time, we spoke about current efforts by the Department of Defense to expand a program aimed at increasing transparency between doctors and patients when a medical error occurs. Regardless of how helpful the program is in resolving disputes when medical errors occur, it is unlikely that any such program will completely eliminate the need for litigation.

Military seeks to expand program encouraging transparency after medical error

Transparency is somewhat of a buzzword right now in the health care industry when it comes to addressing the issue of medical errors. There is good reason for this. Not only can effective communication with patients about medical errors allow patients and their families to have a better experience of care, it can also potentially reduce the costs associated with medical care by reducing the incidence of medical malpractice litigation.

Safety survey rates, ranks Michigan hospitals

Shopping for health care services is not something we are accustomed to doing as consumers, at least not in the way we do it with other goods and services. There are multiple reasons for this, including the fact that data pertaining to the quality of health care providers and facilities is not as readily available for consumers as similar data is for other consumer goods and services. Some organizations, such as The Leapfrog Group, are working to change that, particularly through its annual hospital safety survey.

Looking at the causes and costs of cerebral palsy, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the various potential causes of cerebral palsy, and particularly situations where progressive jaundice can result in cerebral palsy. Typically, of course, jaundice is manageable enough that high bilirubin can be brought back down in a reasonable period of time. In some cases, though, failure to adequately monitor jaundice can have bad results for an infant.