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Lowest Rated Hospitals Have Highest Rates of...Lowest Rated Hospitals Have Highest Rates of Child Birth ComplicationsDecember 10, 2014According to a new study, of the approximately 4 million women who deliver a baby every year in the US, approximately 13% suffer at least one major complication. You can read that study here. From failure to monitor maternal health and fetal progress to a failure to accurately identify the...The Fight Against California’s Proposition 46 Isn’t CheapThe Fight Against California’s Proposition 46 Isn’t CheapDecember 2, 2014In the months leading up to November, millions of dollars will be spent to persuade voters to do one thing that California courts and legislators have refused to do – inflate the cap on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.This is going on the California November ballot as Proposition 46. Proposition...Estate Able to Keep Damages from Patient’s Compensation FundKeep Damages from Patient’s Compensation FundNovember 12, 2014William Troy Clark was divorced from his wife, Kimi Clark, with whom he had two children. Shortly thereafter was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder, and he began drinking alcohol excessively. He worked as an ironworker in Terre Haute. While his drinking problem escalated, Mr. Clark began having "legal troubles.” In...Avandia dangerous drug suit settlementAvandia dangerous drug suit settlementDecember 13, 2012$90 million was awarded to people in 38 states for the dangerous drug suits involving the Avandia diabetes drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. From 2001 to 2007, The Food and Drug Administration said that GlaxoSmithKline did not report safety data about Avandia’s cardiovascular issues. The drug was found to make...Ranbaxy’s generic Lipitor recall in US impacts 41 lotsRanbaxy’s generic Lipitor recall in US impacts 41 lotsDecember 13, 2012Ranbaxy, Inc. manufacturers a generic version of the cholesterol decreasing drug, Lipitor. In November, the company voluntarily recalled lots of Atorvastatin calcium in 10, 20, and 40 mg dosages with the expiration dates between July 2014 and August 2014 for possible ground glass contamination.  To  read the full article, click...Hospital-Acquired InfectionsUV Light Could Bust Hospital-Acquired InfectionsOctober 22, 2012With hospital-acquired infections (HAI) being in the top 5 causes of death in the US, there could finally be some good news in this area. Traditional cleaning with heavy disinfectants has had little effect on eliminating bacteria in health care facilities and equipment where these “bugs” are becoming increasingly resistant...Meningitis Outbreak Toll: 23 DeathsOctober 21, 2012Meningitis cases that are being caused by steroid injections manufactured by New England Compounding Center have caused several more deaths. The current number of fatalities is 23. 284 people in 16 states have been infected with meningitis from the tainted shots so far. States where cases have been reported are:... High Cost of Health Care in America The High Cost of Health Care in America - Don't Blame the Legal SystemMarch 9, 2012What the Business Roundtable knows about American health care Ezra Klein - Washington Post Tuesday, March 6, 9:19 AM On Sunday, I reported on new data from the International Federation of Health Plans showing that health-care prices are far higher in the United States than anywhere else. An MRI,...Rick Santorum's Hypocrisy on Damage CapsRick Santorum's Hypocrisy on Damage CapsFebruary 6, 2012Rick Santorum's (and the GOP's) Damage Cap Problem February 1, 2012 This article was published on Huffington Post. Rick Santorum is not the first politician to be caught in a "Do as I say, not as I did" moment. So when it came out this weekend that Santorum had asked...Medical Errors Driving Up Cost of HealthcareMedical Errors Driving Up Cost of Healthcare, Not the Legal SystemApril 12, 2011Approximately 1.5 million measurable medical errors (out of a total 6.3 million measurable medical injuries) leached $19.5 billion from the American economy in 2008, representing an average total cost per error of $13,000, according to a new analysis of insurance claims data completed by the consulting firm Milliman for the...