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Massive Fraud in Chicago

May 22, 2016, by Taylor Spence, HCMP

12 Charged in Chicago in Largest-Ever Medicare Fraud Sweep

Many health care providers, including 12 in Northern Illinois, were arrested in a $712 million fraud and kickback scheme.   Twelve Northern Illinois health care workers, including a River Forest man, have been arrested and charged as part of a $712 million fraud and...
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Shadow costs
Shadow costs
Justice delivered
Justice delivered

Anti-Kickback “Referral”

May 19, 2016, by Judicial rules preventing fraud

The federal Anti-Kickback Statute makes it a crime to give or receive anything of value in return for “referral” of a Medicare patient. But exactly what is a “referral”? That’s the issue decided by the Seventh Circuit last Tuesday in United States v. Patel.

Patel is an internist with...
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kickback
kickback
Medical economics
Medical economics

Statistics on malpractice and preventable medical error

May 13, 2016, by Administration

Medical malpractice claims can help identify areas where primary health care in the United States needs improvement, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Academy refers to a study entitled "Learning from Malpractice Claims about Negligent, Adverse Events in Primary Care in the United States", in suggesting that the...
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Pay attention to the deatils
Pay attention to the deatils
Costly mistakes
Costly mistakes

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

May 10, 2016, by Susan Justice, Senior Administration

A new medical study just out from Johns Hopkins tells us that medical errors may kill more people than we thought.  They compared mistakes to lung infections and found the mistakes caused more deaths. In the US, that means mistakes are the third leading cause of death, with medical errors right...
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Burying a loved one
Burying a loved one
Hiding behind the mask.
Hiding behind the mask.

Seeing through bad experts, the tobacco industry example

May 06, 2016, by Susan Justice

Why you need a competant and objective expert - the case depends on it:

Adapted from MNT article.

Doctors testified against dying cancer patients for tobacco companies. A new study reveals that a group of physicians have testified for the tobacco industry against patients dying of cancer on multiple occasions, repeatedly stating that...
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Underoath
Underoath
To not tell the truth
To not tell the truth

Diagnosing Patients and the common areas of medical malpractice

May 02, 2016, by HCMP administration

Source of Diagnostic Errors that lead to lawsuits

Healthcare providers and risk managers identify the underlying causes of malpractice in clinical areas most commonly sued for mistakes in care.  These focus on medication management, obstetrical care, and surgery. Less attention, however, has been paid to errors in another area of medical care—one...
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The mistake that kills
The mistake that kills
Mistaken diagnosis
Mistaken diagnosis
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