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Medical Malpractice

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]

Headlines highlight continuing problem of neglect

Some of my friends think I am on some kind of crusade, that I have taken on medical malpractice and nursing home neglect cases as a cause.  Maybe I have, but it's with good reason.  If you doubt that, take a look at these two recent reports: From The Roanoke Times: "Former medication aide at Covington ...[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]