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Medical Malpractice

Leapfrog Report Cards for Local Hospitals

On Wednesday I shared a summary of Leapfrog's report cards on several hospitals in the Roanoke and New River Valleys.  Here are the report cards published by the Leapfrog Group for two additional hospitals in our area of Virginia:1.  Memorial Hospital of Martinsville received a "C." Infection problems included higher than average instances of MRSA ...[Read More]

How Safe are the New River and Roanoke Valley Hospitals? Leapfrog's Study

We all want to know just how safe our local hospitals are don't we?The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care purchasers.  Leapfrog is the nation’s premier advocate of hospital transparency—collecting, analyzing and disseminating hospital data to inform patients (and others) about the quality of care they ...[Read More]

Nursing Home Abuse

Regulations and Virginia Nursing Homes

I visit nursing homes with some frequency. When I walked into one two weeks ago, I noticed the fake flowers in the entry way. I notice the clean carpet and residents sitting in wheelchairs near the front windows. I didn't see, and didn't expect to see a copy of the Federal Code on the coffee ...[Read More]

Virginia's most profitable nursing homes - also some of the worst?

A little reminder: For profit healthcare is a thing in the United States. Tylenol makes money for Johnson & Johnson. Pfizer made billions on Zoloft before generic forms became available in 2006.  Your neurosurgeon may get a bonus this year, if he or she performs high dollar surgeries on patients or exceeds their RVUs. Healthcare and profit ...[Read More]

Non-Compete Law

Broker Protocol - always changing

All - no surprise here, but a few of the big financial houses have decided they don't like to share. I know, shocking right?According to www.thinkadvisor.com  Morgan Stanley and UBS may have left the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, but Merrill Lynch says it is staying put. Meanwhile, Wells Fargo says it remains undecided about whether it will stay or go.What does this ...[Read More]