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Here’s a headline bound to catch your attention. Psychiatrists spend a million hours a year attempting to get approval from insurance companies to admit suicidal or mentally ill patients. Link to the study in Annals of Emergency Medicine is here.
Study on Medicaid use in Oregon shows that patients who have Medicaid have no better health outcomes than people who don’t, but they do utilize “a lot more health care.” In addition, Medicaid “nearly eliminated catastrophic out-of-pocket medical expenditures.”
Is Obama just dangerously misinformed about ObamaCare? Or is he willfully misleading the country? Article picks apart statements that the president is making about the UnAffordable Care Act.
The rules about the UnAffordable Care Act keep evolving. Wellness programs that require workers to meet certain health standards to get lower insurance premiums cannot be included as part of minimum coverage requirements that employers must meet. Unions lobbied against wellness programs alleging that they would discriminate against unhealthy workers.
South Carolina legislature flips ObamaCare the bird. State House passed a bill that makes it a criminal act to enforce or attempt to enforce the law in South Carolina. Governor Nikki Haley calls the health care exchanges “nothing more than a way to make the state do the federal government’s bidding in spending massive amounts of taxpayer dollars on insurance subsidies that we can’t afford.”
More allegations of “false advertising” relating to advertised emergency department wait times. This case is at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts. The hospital spokesperson says that the advertised time is a “door to room” time which is a “standard measure” for hospital emergency departments. Not true.
False advertising and consumer fraud claims aren’t subject to the medical malpractice caps that are present in many states. Will be interesting to see where this is headed.
Man’s runny nose that lasted for several years wasn’t an allergy — it was a CSF leak. And don’t go running to the ED asking for MRIs of your brain because your nose is running. This was an exceptional case.
Senator Chuck Schumer wants to increase federal restrictions on hydrocodone prescriptions because they are “gateway drugs” and because “our doctors are prescribing too much of this.”
Hey Chucky … how about we put federal restrictions on how many dumb laws you can try to pass? After all, those laws are a gateway to … oh I don’t know … even dumber laws?
Patients gone wild. Florida patient attacks doctor after being told to stop cursing and to stop calling the staff names. Arrested and faces felony charges.
More patients gone wild. New Jersey man arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief in St. Luke’s Hospital emergency department. No mention of what he did to deserve such charges.
Meanwhile, a study published earlier this year in Pediatrics showed that colicky infants often had significantly different intestinal flora than their non-colicky counterparts. Proteobacteria was increased in colicky babies while bifidobacteria and lactobacilli were decreased.
More articles on doctor shopping and drug seeking patients. This Ohio article provides a couple of chilling statistics from a study done Toledo’s St. Lukes Hospital: Ohio overdose deaths totaled more than traffic fatalities by almost a third. And of the 1,544 Ohio citizens who died of drug overdoses in 2010, prescription opioids were listed on 45% of the death certificates.
Defense attorney praises doctor for refusing to settle a medical malpractice case when sued for a patient who died from blood clots in lungs after being treated for a sprained ankle. Jury finds in favor of physician.
From a reader …
Controversy in Florida as hospitals fight in court about whether state should allow a new hospital to be built. Ultimately, a judge decides that the hospital shouldn’t be built because the competition would cost a competing hospital between $3.5 and $4.9 million each year in lost profits. Who cares about patient care when profits are at stake?