Entries by Eva Bleich

Federal Judge Finds Health Insurer Discriminated Against Patients with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

In a recent decision out of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Chief Magistrate Judge Spero found that United Behavior Health, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, created policies designed to discriminate against patients with mental health issues and substance abuse disorders. In finding that the insurer violated its fiduciary duty, […]

Errors in EHRs Playing Larger Role in Medical Practice Claims, Studies Indicate

While the use of health information technology (HIT) has the potential to promote efficient and higher quality healthcare, errors in electronic health records (EHR) have increasingly played a role in medical malpractice claims. Thus, instead of improving the quality of care by reducing medical errors as intended, HIT has introduced new errors contributing to medical […]

VA Nurse Convicted of Computer Fraud and Falsifying Medical Records

A former nurse with the Department of Veterans Affairs pleaded guilty last December to altering, falsifying and destroying records and committing computer fraud. The nurse falsified electronic medical records of a 76-year-old veteran who was under the care of Enrique Martinez while working for the VA in Florida.  Martinez allegedly provided poor care to the […]

Woman Dies After Surgical Booking Error

A woman has died from kidney cancer after medical staff incorrectly marked her surgical procedure as “semi-urgent” rather than urgent. As a result, the woman waited 78 days for the surgery. By the time, she had the surgery performed it was too late because the cancer had spread to other parts of her body. The […]

Neurosurgeon Faces Criminal Charges for Botched Surgeries

His own colleagues have referred to him as a sociopath and the worst surgeon. Christopher Duntsch stands charged with five counts of aggravated assault for allegedly mishandling spinal surgeries, and one count of injuring an elderly person, according to the Dallas Morning News. Law enforcement authorities allege that Duntsch’s behavior has risen to the level […]

Spinal Cord Birth Injuries

It is estimated that 5% of spinal cord injuries occur in infants, the long term consequences can be traumatic. In the worst of cases, the infant dies or suffers injuries that results in quadriplegia or paralysis of all four limbs. Complications during the birthing process may lead to spinal cord injuries especially when too much […]

Ten Things Hospitals Won’t Tell You

When you’re admitted to a hospital, it’s a scary situation and you want to know what’s happening and what will happen to you. Here’s a list of ten things that hospitals won’t tell you that may affect your health. If they won’t tell you, ask them so you’re informed. 1) Ask questions at the outset, […]

Since 2003 Veterans Administration Paid Approx $100 Million To Settle Medical Malpractice Claims

The VA employees about 19,000 doctors and has 152 hospitals. Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—that provides services for some 22 million American veterans—has paid out approximately $100 million a year to settle more than 3,000 veterans medical malpractice claims. In 2013 the agency tended to 5.6 million veterans, a 32 percent […]