02242017Headline:

District of Columbia

HomeDistrict of Columbia

    Recent Posts
    • When Are Pharmacy Mistakes Considered Malpractice?

      When Are Pharmacy Mistakes Considered Malpractice?

      A few months ago, I wrote a blog about human errors comprising one of the leading causes of death in U.S. hospitals and how many healthcare facilities called these events “nevers” (as in, they should never have happened in the first […]

    • Can You Sue a Doctor for Lying? The Truth May Surprise You.

      Can You Sue a Doctor for Lying? The Truth May Surprise You.

      Anyone familiar with the Hippocratic oath understands the undeniable bond between medical care and ethics—ideally, physicians are driven by the desire to help patients, not hurt them. Yet, harm does sometimes occur, and patients have the right to hold such […]

    • Why Some Communities Are so Pedestrian-Unfriendly

      Why Some Communities Are so Pedestrian-Unfriendly

      According to a recently released study by Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America—the only national organization dedicated to better developed communities across the U.S.—those who choose to travel on foot could routinely be taking their life into their own hands. The […]

    • The Latest Threat to Your Health: Cyber Attacks

      The Latest Threat to Your Health: Cyber Attacks

      Last February, a small Southern California Hospital in a sleepy art deco neighborhood found itself under a full-scale attack that brought all semblances of health care to a standstill. While the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI were sought […]

    • How Public Views Could Be Changing Liability Laws

      How Public Views Could Be Changing Liability Laws

      When an individual is injured in the process of medical treatment and suspects medical malpractice, he or she has the right to hold all responsible parties accountable for any negligence—including the hospital. That is, unless the treating physician is an […]

    • What Are Medical Malpractice Caps Really Costing Us?

      What Are Medical Malpractice Caps Really Costing Us?

      In a recent post, I explored the constitutionality of medical malpractice damage caps after Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal in Charlotte County ruled against limits on non-economic damages in October. Across the state in Broward County, a similar ruling is […]

    • An Unhealthy Habit: Using Phone Apps for Medical Advice

      An Unhealthy Habit: Using Phone Apps for Medical Advice

      According to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, there are currently more than 165,000 health apps out there for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. While some are simply either a coach or a convenience—think fitness trackers, runner’s logs or […]

    • Hospital acquired-infections are more common than you think.

      Hospital acquired-infections are more common than you think.

      According to some of the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on hospital acquired-infections, approximately 650,000 people picked up a bacteria or virus after being admitted to U.S. hospitals in 2011—of those, 75,000 died. […]

    • Thanksgiving Signals the Start of a Month-Long DUI Campaign

      Thanksgiving Signals the Start of a Month-Long DUI Campaign

      For many of us, the traditional four-day weekend that celebrates Thanksgiving in the U.S. brings about more than turkey leftovers, football watching and afternoon naps. It’s also when many states begin a long-running campaign to halt the practice of holiday […]

    • Is It Safe to Trust Hospital Rating Systems?

      Is It Safe to Trust Hospital Rating Systems?

      Earlier this month the Leapfrog Group, a leading advocate for hospital transparency, released its Fall 2016 safety grades on 2,633 hospitals across the Nation. For some, the results were surprising, as the rankings didn’t necessarily correspond with regions known, or […]