DOJ Targets Skilled Nursing Facilities for FCA Violations

Every year, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announces its priorities, in part to inform the public about its activities, but also to put potential wrongdoers on notice that they will be under extra scrutiny. The announcement also is intended to make otherwise recalcitrant people comply with the law, which both protects the public and reduces the likelihood of … Read the rest

Coronavirus Spread Highlights Importance of Good Hygiene

With cases of coronavirus now appearing in the United States, there are increasing worries about the impact that the disease will have, particularly on children, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. While authorities are urging people not to panic, many Americans are concerned about the danger the coronavirus poses. The coronavirus highlights the importance of having medical institutions … Read the rest

Nearly Three Quarters of Nursing Homes Are Understaffed

A recent study in the Journal of Health Affairs has estimated that as much as 75% of all nursing homes are significantly understaffed. The study compared the number of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and nurse aides to the staffing requirements set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). What they found was that many … Read the rest

Study Find Sepsis to Be Leading Cause of Death in Hospitals

According to a new study in the medical journal The Lancet, sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitals in the United States, and also one of the leading causes of death worldwide. By their estimates, a full fifth of all deaths in 2017 were related to sepsis, with incidence rates being particularly high in sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, … Read the rest

Pain and Suffering Claims Reinstated in Nursing Home Malpractice Case

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a plaintiff’s pre-mortem pain and suffering claim that was initially dismissed by the district court. The claim is part of a 2014 case involving a woman who had been transferred to a New York City nursing home after hospitalization for severe respiratory distress and pneumonia, where she eventually died of cardiac arrest … Read the rest

Doctor Pleads Guilty to Illegal Distribution of Opioids Resulting in Overdose

A doctor in Manhattan pleaded guilty early in December to illegally distributing fentanyl and oxycodone to patients who did not medically require it. As a result, at least one of his patients is dead from an overdose, having been prescribed hundreds of times the amount of oxycodone generally prescribed for medical purposes. The doctor, who worked for a major Manhattan … Read the rest

New Report Shows FDA Failed to Adequately Address Opioid Crisis

A new report by researchers at Johns Hopkins University shows that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) failed to adequately address the opioid epidemic that has caused enormous suffering throughout the United States. The documents show the FDA failed to appropriately conduct oversight of the pharmaceutical industry and did not adequately train doctors to handle opioids and the associated risk … Read the rest

Congress Passes Law Allowing Military to Sue for Malpractice

In the 1950s, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Feres v. U.S. that active duty members of the military couldn’t sue the government for negligent acts committed by other members of the armed forces, including medical malpractice claims. The Feres doctrine has been in place for close to 70 years, and in that time, it has received much criticism, … Read the rest

How to Identify Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

When people place their loved ones in the care of a nursing home, they do so with the hope and expectation that their loved ones will be properly cared for. Indeed, the law requires that nursing homes provide their residents with a level of care that will safeguard their health and make them as comfortable as possible. However, not every … Read the rest

Medical Malpractice: Four Common Issues

Medical malpractice refers to any case where a doctor or other medical professional engages in negligent or reckless conduct that results in harm to a patient. This harm can be a result of something they did to the patient, such as performing the wrong surgery on a patient, or it can be a result of carelessness, such as misdiagnosing or … Read the rest