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Transparency is Part of the Solution When it Comes to Healthcare

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

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is known throughout the United States for delivering the highest quality of care to its patients. But between 2015 and 2017, the mortality rate at All Children’s Hospital nearly tripled accounting for more deaths than any other pediatric heart program in the State of Florida according to reports. During… Read More »

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State Considering Changes Amid All Children’s Scandal

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

The state is considering an initiative that would force hospitals that operate pediatric heart surgery programs release mortality statistics to the public. Ostensibly, this would force these programs to operate in full transparency. This is a result of the backlash surrounding the All Children’s Hospital scandal that saw unprecedented rates of fatal surgical outcomes… Read More »

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Team Masterson Proudly Participated in PanCAN’s Purple Stride run/walk

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

Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. is a proud supporter of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). On February 16, 2019, ‘Team Masterson’ was the largest team to participate in PanCAN’s Purple Stride run/walk and raised nearly $10,000 for this noble cause. Our firm sincerely thanks those judges and lawyers who helped to make this… Read More »

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Regulatory Bodies Failed to Catch and Punish Problems at All Children’s Hospital

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

Based on reputation alone, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is among the most esteemed medical centers in the country. But for one brief period between 2015 and 2017, there are reports that the pediatric heart surgery program had major red flags. The mortality rate of children who were provided medical services by the department… Read More »

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What Role Did Johns Hopkins Have in the Demise of All Children’s?

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

The shockwave caused by the reports concerning the quality of care at All Children’s Hospital has yet to fully dissipate. Yet it remains clear that the reported failures both inside and outside the hospital contributed to an unprecedented death toll among the patients of the pediatric heart ward. So far, we’ve discussed some of… Read More »

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Emergency Room Bills are Unaffordable

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

Many wonder why the cost of health care is so much higher in the U.S. than it is in other countries. There are a couple of major differences between medical care and other purchases. First, when you walk into a store, you know exactly how much everything should cost. Either it’s labeled or there’s… Read More »

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Safety Errors a Problem for Johns Hopkins Affiliates

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

Johns Hopkins is renowned across the world as one of the leaders in the medical field. Within their own hospitals, however, these reports clearly show a trend where they have let safety standards slip and the result has been a number of preventable errors. This is an astonishing revelation considering Johns Hopkins’ reputation for… Read More »

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Fallout From All Children’s Scandal Claims Three More Executives

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

Since the Tampa Bay Times has run an exposé on the scandal at All Children’s Hospital that claimed the lives of some pediatric heart patients, several executives under whose watch those lives were lost have resigned. To date, local health officials have cited the hospital for failing to disclose adverse medical events arising from… Read More »

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West Palm Beach Surgeon Fined $3,000 For Reportedly Removing Healthy Kidney

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

A doctor who reportedly misidentified a healthy kidney as a tumor and removed it has been fined $3,000 by the State of Florida Board of Medicine.  Dr. Ramon Vasquez apparently did not recognize that the woman had a condition known as a “floating kidney”. The kidney was perfectly healthy, but had never ascended into… Read More »

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Kentucky Supreme Court Rejects Medical Malpractice Approval Panel

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

There has an effort in our country to limit the number of medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors. This is not only true in Florida, which had damage caps in place for years, but it is also true of other states. In Florida, this is, in part, achieved by requiring the plaintiff provide an expert… Read More »

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