Health Care Roundup


  • Whistleblowing doctor fired – Medpage reports that a cardiologist whose research revealed that a number of cardiologists, including those at her own hospital, were misreading echocardiograms has been fired by her hospital. The researcher, Kiran Sagar, said in an interview, “The cardiologists weren’t happy. I think behind the scenes they were saying, ‘How can you expose our dirty laundry?’.” Dr. Sanjiv Kaul, president of the American Society of Echocardiography, said that the problem uncovered by Sagar’s research could cost hospitals money because “ultimately, it can lead to doing fewer expensive diagnostic tests.”
  • Pennsylvania Abortionist Sued For Malpractice Dozens of Times – Kermit Gosnell, the Pennsylvania abortionist charged with murder for his killing of live born infants, had been sued forty-six times for medical malpractice. Of course the insurance companies kept issuing him medical malpractice liability policies.
    A lot has been made of a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that a majority of doctors in some specialties, such as surgery or OB-GYN will be sued for malpractice at some point in their careers. Of course doctors like Gosnell who get sued repeatedly for their malfeasance drive up those numbers. And when you put a case in front of a jury, a jury doesn’t get to hear that the doctor has been sued for malpractice a half-dozen times before.
  • Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2011 – Congress is considering a new bill, backed by the American Medical Association, called the “Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2011” that will prohibit “misleading and deceptive advertising by health-care professionals.” The American Nurses Association opposes the bill, saying the legislation is part of the AMA’s “ongoing effort to limit the scope of practice of health care providers who are not physicians.”

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