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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Dental Errors Can Lead to Infectious Disease (HIV, Hepatitis, etc.)

Infectious disease from improperly cleaned instruments is an all-too-common occurrence in our healthcare system. Every year in the U.S., an estimated 648,000 people develop infections during a hospital stay, and about 75,000 die.[1] Many of these infections are completely preventable through, for example, proper cleaning of medical instruments. The cleaning process for medical instruments is...[Read More]

Failure to diagnose cancer in Virginia

The C word is an awful thing to hear. Cancer. With over 1.3 Million Americans diagnosed annually, we receive frequent calls from patients who wonder if earlier diagnosis would have changed their cancer outcome or treatment options. Allow me to state a different way: Cancer is generally easier to treat, the sooner it is diagnosed....[Read More]

Virginia Hospitals Punished By Medicare

In 2019, Medicare penalized 800 U.S. hospitals for the high number of injuries and infections suffered by their patients. The penalties were enacted through a program in the Affordable Care Act where the federal government cuts Medicare reimbursements for hospitals with high rates of patient infections and injuries. The idea being that if hospitals suffer...[Read More]

Bleed Out: HBO Special

Physicians and hospitals commit malpractice every hour of every day.  Don’t believe me?   Check out this trailer for an HBO special set to air tomorrow – BLEED OUT.  

Justice isn’t just

A recent situation unfolding in the United States Senate (namely the hearings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court) have consumed our attention, outrage and thoughts for many weeks.  Polls suggest that while almost 60% of Americans find the accuser credible, most Americans also believe there should be some additional corroborating evidence...[Read More]

Screening Colonoscopies: Are there Risks?

No American between 40 and 80 is unaware of the recommendation for screening colonoscopies.  The American Cancer Society recommends that people at “average risk” of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45. This can be done either with a test that looks for signs of cancer in a person’s stool, or with an exam that...[Read More]

Late Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

I want to share with you the facts of a very sad case recently reported in a legal journal.  A 58 year old male smoker underwent a routine physical, which included a chest x-ray.  The x-ray was interpreted as normal by a reviewing radiologist.  Three years later, the patient was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. ...[Read More]

How to Find a Good Doctor (in Virginia)

I am sometimes amazed how people find and choose their doctors.  You do want a good and competent doctor don’t you?  Sometimes you have no options…you are admitted to the hospital with stomach pain, diagnosed with appendicitis and need emergency surgery.  In those cases you agree to take whichever general surgeon is offered by the...[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]