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Bret Hanna

Patient Consumers Deserve to Know

One requirement of the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare, is that since July 2011 Utah hospitals have to report provider-preventable conditions to the Utah Department of Health. Such events can…

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Hospitals Not Necessarily Safe Havens

According to a bulletin recently issued by AARP, hospitals can be very dangerous places. One highlighted statistic notes:

The number of patients who die each year from preventable…

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A Right (Correct) Thinking Republican

Republicans are well known for pounding the tort deform drum as an easy fix for everything from bringing down the deficit, to reigning in medical malpractice insurance rates and reducing so-called…

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Hospital Visit? Beware the “July Effect”

The medical community and its observers have long suspected a decrease in the quality of care delivered by hospitals in July, the month when newly minted residents arrive at hospitals. A review…

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Florida Tort Reformers Launch Attack On The Most Vulnerable

Republican lawmakers in Florida are busy beating the tort reform, or deform, drum. The target of such efforts this time? The poor and disenfranchised citizens of Florida who depend on Medicaid for…

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GOP Just Doesn’t Get Medical Malpractice “Reform”

A bill recently introduced before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee would would make a $250,000 cap on all pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases the law of the land for all 50…

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Medicare Patients Beware!

The Office of Inspector General recently reported that as many as 15,000 elderly Medicare patients die every month. Really? How can that be?
The numbers translate to 13 percent of all Medicare…

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Big Surprise, Doctors Cover for Each Other

The results of a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, indicate that doctors simply don’t like to rat each other out, despite the potentially serious or fatal…

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Fool Proof Technology For Retained Surgical Objects?

According to an article published the other day by the Chicago Tribune, RF Surgical Systems of Bellevue, Washington, has developed technology that allows surgeons to easily determine whether tagged…

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New York State Bar Takes Stand Against Tort Reform

The New York State Bar Association took a strong stand against tort reform last Friday. President Michael Getnick issued a statement calling on the U.S. Senate to reject calls for caps on pain and…