Losing a family member as a result of a medical error can be extremely difficult. Each year, there are many cases involving medical mistakes that result in injuries or even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), medical error is one of the top five leading causes of death in the United States.… Read the rest
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the state will work with hospitals this year to improve the quality and safety of care provided to patients at key stages of hospital admission, treatment, and discharge, and more particularly with respect to sepsis. Sepsis is the number one cause of death in U.S. hospitals, striking at least 750,000 people in the country each year, and kills as many Americans annually as heart attacks, and more than AIDS, prostate cancer, and breast cancer combined. Also, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) announced a new pay-for-performance agreement that will … Read the rest
Not so long ago the law seemed clear that people suing for personal injuries arising from medical malpractice or other accidents did not give up their privacy rights concerning their entire medical history but only as to those medical conditions and treatment that was related to the injuries claimed in the lawsuit. But lately defendants’ attorneys have been demanding authorizations for our clients’ entire medical history, whether or not related to the injuries claimed, based upon their argument that the impact the injuries have on a victim’s life (their loss of enjoyment of life) can only be properly evaluated by … Read the rest
On September 7th, 2007, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC), the nation’s largest public health system treating 1.3 million patients a year, began publicly releasing data on infection and death rates at its 11 hospitals and 4 nursing homes.
The safety and performance information is posted on the hospital corporation’s Web site, www.nyc.gov/hhc. The Web site allows the public to see the overall death rate, the rate of deaths after heart attacks, preventable bloodstream infections and pneumonia cases, among other measures, at the 11 hospitals.
Information on the Web site also includes what the NYCHHC considers to … Read the rest