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Chris Nace

Will a Hospital in the Nation’s Capital Ever Overcome Ongoing Safety Issues?

Almost six months ago, I first touched on the problems of a Washington D.C. area hospital that is desperately needed to serve an otherwise isolated community. While there have been issues for some time, the seriousness of the situation came […]

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Hospitals with Too Many Safety Issues Punished by Medicare

Hospitals across the country must operate in accordance with safety standards set by the federal government or else face being penalized by the Medicare payment system. Many hospitals rely on Medicare to function, and as such, this is a powerful […]

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Congress Seeks Answers amidst VA Malpractice Claims

The Veterans Affairs Health Administration is America’s largest integrated healthcare system, with close to 1,300 healthcare facilities—including 170 medical centers—that serve 9 million enrolled veterans each year. Yet, negligence and malpractice committed on behalf of the VA is a long-standing […]

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Why Medical Malpractice Suits Don’t Always Lead to Doctor Discipline

While it might come as a surprise to many, doctors who face medical malpractice lawsuits—and even those who are found negligent—don’t always receive disciplinary action from state health regulators. Often, repeat offenders can still be practicing both during and after […]

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Increasing Patient Safety with Biometric Identification

Patients deal with a host of risks whenever they enter a hospital for treatment. Hospitals have a duty by law to ensure that their facilities and practices provide a safe environment for patients. And while most safety errors are made […]

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Medical Errors: They’re More Common than You Think and You’re Often Paying for Them

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report called To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System that brought to light the issue of hospital patients dying from medical errors; at the time is was guesstimated to […]

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Letter Reveals Hospital Deficiencies that Officials Refused to Disclose

In August, United Medical Center (UMC)—a public hospital in Washington D.C.—had their obstetrics license suspended for 90 days without much explanation as to why. The local community and beyond were outraged, not only for the lack of details but also […]

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Remembering Jerry Canterbury: The Man Who Led the Charge for Patients to Control Their Own Medical Destiny.

Over the weekend we learned, more than two months after the fact, that Jerry Canterbury had passed away on March 15th in Hartville, Ohio at the age of 78. Considering the delay in news of his death, it might not […]

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Do U.S. Hospitals Make the Grade with Maternity Care?

In an era when individuals are bearing more of, if literally not all, the financial burden for their health care coverage, we are seeing a much more heightened selection process in regards to where these consumers go for medical treatment […]

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When Are Pharmacy Mistakes Considered Malpractice?

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about human errors comprising one of the leading causes of death in U.S. hospitals and how many healthcare facilities called these events “nevers” (as in, they should never have happened in the first […]