Readers remember the Ebola scare that occurred a couple years ago. As that scare was picking up steam, hospitals were taking precautionary measures to contain any appearance of the virus. Such efforts were fairly successful, though not bulletproof. In one case, a nurse contracted Ebola in a Dallas hospital while caring for the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States.
Last time, we took a brief look at Ohio's negligent credentialing statute and the requirements it sets forth regarding proof of negligent credentialing. As we noted, hospitals are presumed to have done their due diligence in matters of provider credentialing in certain circumstances unless it can be proven otherwise by contrary evidence.
In recent posts, we've been looking at a case which highlights a couple important issues in the area of medical malpractice: the impact of medical peer review privilege on medical malpractice litigation and physician credentialing.
In our last post, we began looking at an out-of-state case which is being appealed to the Supreme Court involving the issue of medical peer review privilege, and whether there should be an exception to the privilege when physicians and hospitals are found to have engaged in fraud. The case is interesting because of the issues it raises with regard to hospitals' liability for physician negligence.
A legal battle out in South Dakota highlights some of the issues we've recently discussed on this blog, particularly the connection between medical negligence and hospital negligence. As we've noted previously, hospitals which allow physicians to continue in their practice despite misconduct and negligence can be held liable for their own negligence.
Last time, we looked briefly at a recent report which showed that preventable deaths occur much more frequently at hospitals with poor performance ratings than at hospitals with high performance ratings. This led us into a discussion about the interrelation between physician negligence and hospital negligence. As we noted, facilities sometimes enable negligent physicians to continue practicing when they really shouldn't.
Quality medical care is not equally accessible to all Americans. We know, for example, that good medical care is less available to those who live in rural areas and inner cities. Where you receive your medical care, the quality of care an institution offers, can make a significant difference in patient health outcomes.
A recent "On Your Side" investigation by a local ABC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio, explored the culture of secrecy that can surround mistakes made in hospitals. While medical malpractice attorneys have long been familiar with the difficulties injured patients can face when injured because of hospital negligence or surgical error, the investigative journalists expressed surprise at how often hospitals and medical facilities failed to disclose errors and mistakes that caused injury to patients.
Just a few miles south of Springboro sits Mason, Ohio. The affluent, bustling community has over the past couple of years been stunned by news stories about a spinal surgeon who used to live there. Dr. Abubakar Atiq Durrani has been indicted by the federal government on health care fraud charges. He allegedly convinced patients to have unnecessary surgeries to their spines and necks and then billed public and private healthcare programs for the costs.
Not every mother and/or father has a name for their baby when the birth finally happens. Some couples have that planned out in advance, while others prefer to let the moment strike them just right. But there are other situations where the medical emergency involved with the child dictates that the medical care they receive is more important than naming the baby.