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Suit filed, settlement reached with Dallas hospital over nurses’ 2014 infection with Ebola virus

Readers remember the Ebola scare that occurred a couple years ago. As that scare was picking up steam, hospitals were taking precautionary measures to contain any appearance of the virus. Such efforts were fairly successful, though not bulletproof. In one case, a nurse contracted Ebola in a Dallas hospital while caring for the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States.

Proving negligent credentialing in court: overcoming a hospital's presumption of innocence, P.2

Last time, we took a brief look at Ohio's negligent credentialing statute and the requirements it sets forth regarding proof of negligent credentialing. As we noted, hospitals are presumed to have done their due diligence in matters of provider credentialing in certain circumstances unless it can be proven otherwise by contrary evidence.  

Proving negligent credentialing in court: overcoming a hospital's presumption of innocence

In recent posts, we've been looking at a case which highlights a couple important issues in the area of medical malpractice: the impact of medical peer review privilege on medical malpractice litigation and physician credentialing.

Case highlights legalities surrounding medical peer review privilege, physician credentialing, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at an out-of-state case which is being appealed to the Supreme Court involving the issue of medical peer review privilege, and whether there should be an exception to the privilege when physicians and hospitals are found to have engaged in fraud. The case is interesting because of the issues it raises with regard to hospitals' liability for physician negligence.

Case highlights legalities surrounding medical peer review privilege, physician credentialing

A legal battle out in South Dakota highlights some of the issues we've recently discussed on this blog, particularly the connection between medical negligence and hospital negligence. As we've noted previously, hospitals which allow physicians to continue in their practice despite misconduct and negligence can be held liable for their own negligence.

Medical malpractice and hospital negligence often go hand in hand

Last time, we looked briefly at a recent report which showed that preventable deaths occur much more frequently at hospitals with poor performance ratings than at hospitals with high performance ratings. This led us into a discussion about the interrelation between physician negligence and hospital negligence. As we noted, facilities sometimes enable negligent physicians to continue practicing when they really shouldn't.

Report looks at connection between poor hospital quality and incidence of preventable deaths

Quality medical care is not equally accessible to all Americans. We know, for example, that good medical care is less available to those who live in rural areas and inner cities. Where you receive your medical care, the quality of care an institution offers, can make a significant difference in patient health outcomes.

Patients have difficulty discovering details of medical errors

A recent "On Your Side" investigation by a local ABC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio, explored the culture of secrecy that can surround mistakes made in hospitals. While medical malpractice attorneys have long been familiar with the difficulties injured patients can face when injured because of hospital negligence or surgical error, the investigative journalists expressed surprise at how often hospitals and medical facilities failed to disclose errors and mistakes that caused injury to patients. 

Friends in high places

The saying goes that it's not what you know, but who you know. That goes for here in Ohio as well as across the country and around the world. Consider the case of an Oklahoma surgeon who was being investigated by state officials because after he performed surgeries, a disturbing number of his patients were left in dire straits: in constant pain, paralyzed -- or even dead.

Surgeon fled, leaving behind indictment and malpractice suits

Just a few miles south of Springboro sits Mason, Ohio. The affluent, bustling community has over the past couple of years been stunned by news stories about a spinal surgeon who used to live there. Dr. Abubakar Atiq Durrani has been indicted by the federal government on health care fraud charges. He allegedly convinced patients to have unnecessary surgeries to their spines and necks and then billed public and private healthcare programs for the costs.

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