Quest Diagnostics To Pay California $241 Million to Settle Claims | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

According to an article in the Los Angles Times by Mark Lifsher, Quest Laboratories agreed to pay the State of California $241million to resolve a lawsuit that was pending against them. The lawsuit alleged that Quest Diagnostics paid illegal kickbacks to doctors, hospitals and clinics for steering patients their way. Quest denied any wrong doing. California has a law, similar to the federal law, called the California False Claims Act, which provides a cause of action that that can be filed when citizens believe a company is defrauding the state. Here, the lawsuit alleged that Medi-Cal, California’s program for the poor…

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Study Shows Poor Infection Control in Nursing Homes Linked to Lower Staffing Levels | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Infections in nursing homes kill 400,000 residents a year according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.   The authors contend that nearly one-sixth of the US nursing homes have significant deficiencies in infection control.  Over 100,000 patient encounters were reviewed.  The University of Pittsburgh Public Health program researchers analyzed records from 2000 through 2007 and found that infection control citations in 96% of US nursing homes were linked to lower nursing staff levels. Infections are leading cause of morbidity and mortality in U.S. nursing homes.  This study reminds us of the direct link between professional…

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100,000 Lives Lost Each Year Due to Dirty Hospitals and Nursing Homes | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Each year 100,000 patients in hospitals and nursing homes in this country die from infection they acquired after being in a health care facility.  This is the most common complication of hospital care and also one of the deadliest risks for patients according to government officials. In addition the loss of lives, the cost for our health care system is enormous. The estimated annual cost for hospital acquired infections is between $28 and $33 billion. What is even more shocking and tragic is that the consensus in the US medical community is that most of these infections are preventable.  How…

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MSRA Bacteria Found in Meat Samples In Detroit | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Kim Kozlowski of the Detroit News reports, “For the first time in the United States, scientists have shown that the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA is sometimes found in meat and poultry available at the neighborhood grocery store,” according to the US Centers for Disease Control. (CDC) in a recent study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. The study included 289 meat samples from 30 grocery stores in Detroit, Michigan. They reported “six samples — three chicken, two beef, and one turkey — tested positive for MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.” It is believed that the germs may be introduced by human food…

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