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Hospital Ratings System Shows Shines a Troubling Light on Dangerous Hospitals

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

A non-profit group named Leapfrog recently produced an analysis of over 2,600 U.S. hospitals. These hospitals were graded from A to F and ranked in terms of patient outcomes and risks of injury or death. At hospitals rated D and F, the study showed a more than 92% greater risk of death, infection, or… Read More »

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Can You Access Your Health Care Records?

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

In most situations, federal law allows patients to access their own health care records. However, there remain compliance problems in key areas. Hospitals can and do deny patients access to their own records in certain situations. This appears to be in direct conflict with federal and state laws that govern health record disclosure. A… Read More »

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How the System of Referrals Benefits Hospitals

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

You’ve probably noticed a growing number of health care facilities that cover a wide array of medical practices. It isn’t uncommon to find a dental practice tucked inside a complex with a general practitioner and orthopedic doctor. Hospitals too are taking care of more patients for general checkups. Who are these doctors sending their… Read More »

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Study Says Electronic Health Records are Responsible for More Malpractice Claims

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

Your medical records provide your doctors with necessary information regarding your allergies, current medications, and past surgeries. What happens if some of the information is left out? What happens when your doctor is not aware of a serious allergy? The results could, in some cases, be fatal. In other cases, they could lead to… Read More »

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Did Medical Software Cost a Woman Her Life?

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

In 2012, a woman who suffers from migraines goes into see her doctor complaining of unusual pain. The doctor runs some tests, but nothing happens. Two months later, the woman is dead. The family sues Stowe Family Practice which is a federally qualified health care center. They accused Stowe Family Practice of failing to… Read More »

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Why Didn’t Florida Fine All Children’s Hospital

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

It’s been well-established in the aftermath of the debacle at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital that the State of Florida could have sent a strong message to health care providers that provide a chronic, substandard quality of care to their patients. Additionally, All Children’s neglected to inform state regulators concerning at least nine cases… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Case that Challenges Feres Doctrine

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

The Supreme Court of the United States has not rejected a case challenging the Feres Doctrine. The Feres Doctrine prevents U.S. service members from suing the federal government for injuries occurring in the line of duty. The question the Supreme Court will be asked to answer is whether or not the Feres Doctrine applies… Read More »

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Florida State Law Prevents Family of Marine from Filing Wrongful Death

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

The week before, we touched on the Feres Doctrine and how it limits active duty soldiers from suing the federal government for injuries incurred in the line of duty even when those injuries occurred as a result of medical malpractice. In addition to facing federal roadblocks to recovering damages for medical malpractice, everyone in… Read More »

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Family of Woman who Died in Childbirth Awarded $24.5 Million

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

Birth-related injuries are a major cause of concern in the United States. American hospitals have posted some of the worst statistics of any first-world countries. In most cases, deaths were recorded in low-income areas of the country. Florida ranked somewhere in the middle of all states surveyed in the USA Today article. In one… Read More »

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Feds Uncover Unresolved Problems at Johns Hopkins All Children’s

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital was the target of a multi-part expose conducted by the Tampa Bay Times recently. Having uncovered numerous patient deaths attributed to poor sanitation and medical incompetence, a number of senior officials with the hospital resigned. The federal government also threatened to revoke public funding for the hospital. Amid a… Read More »

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