Dealing With Health Anxiety After a Bad Experience With a Doctor Or Nurse

Visiting the doctor may not be a delightful experience, but it should, at minimum, be tolerable. If you’re like many patients, however, you dread annual physicals and other necessary appointments. This fear may stem from negative past experiences, which likely have left you feeling anxious about return trips. Outright avoidance is not a viable solution, however. Visiting the doctor is akin to maintenance on your vehicle; by stopping by regularly, you can avoid greater problems down the road. For the sake of your health, it is critical that you address your medical anxiety as soon as possible. These suggestions should…

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How the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics Are Straining Our Healthcare System

It’s no secret that obesity rates have skyrocketed in the United States, but most people fail to grasp the full impact of this epidemic. In the healthcare industry, however, obesity’s prevalence and damage are easy to spot when examining financial trends and injuries among medical professionals. Below, we offer just a few examples of the many ways in which today’s obesity and diabetes epidemics are impacting the healthcare system: Hospital Staff Safety Healthcare employees often suffer significant strain as they attempt to assist obese and immobile patients. These patients may need to be moved every few hours. While transfer systems…

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DC Nursing Homes: How to Report Abuse or Neglect | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

The District of Columbia Department of Health licenses and certifies health care facilities for compliance with state and federal health and safety standards. Facilities include nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies, dialysis centers, ambulatory surgical centers, intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded, and laboratories. The Health Care Facilities Division (“HCFD”) is charged with conducting regular on-site surveys to ensure health, safety, sanitation, fire, and quality of care requirements. HCFD identifies deficiencies that may affect state licensure. The D.C. government publishes a list of nursing home facilities in DC and also has a list of home health agencies in DC….

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D.C. purchases United Medical Center | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

The District of Columbia has purchased United Medical Center for $20 million after foreclosing on the property.  There were no other bidders at the foreclosure sale, and no money will change hands. In late June, the city council voted to foreclose on the property because Specialty Hospitals of America, the hospital’s owner, defaulted on its lease agreements.  The council created a nonprofit tasked with running the hospital, which council member David Catania called “a de facto safety-net hospital in the District”.  D.C. has already spent $70 million on the hospital and may have to continue subsidizing the services it provides….

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What Crisis? 2010 Maryland Med Mal Carrier Reduces Premiums 31% | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

The following was authored by past President of the Maryland Association for Justice, Wayne Willoughby.  It sets forth the plain facts behind the alleged 2004 “medical malpractice insurance crisis” in Maryland and the hard evidence which proves it was all a hoax.  Here it is: by Wayne M. Willoughby, Past President, Maryland Association for Justice In 2004, hysteria struck Annapolis. Hordes of physicians in white coats descended upon the State House demanding so-called “tort reform” as the fix to their rising malpractice premiums. The Maryland Association for Justice (then known as the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association) stood virtually alone in…

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New Wand Detects Surgical Instruments Left In Patients | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, a company called RF Surgical Systems of Bellevue, Wash., created the RF Surgical Detection System which is essentially a scanning wand that can be used by surgeons to find any tagged items remaining in a patient. Tags (or seeds) about the size of a rice grain are imbedded in gauze, sponges and the like. One wave of the wand over the patient will reveal if the coast is clear. According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, retained objects were reported “1 in 8,801 to 1 in 18,760 inpatient…

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Congress Probes Medical Care Provided By AIG to Civilian Workers | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Many brave women and men serve our country today in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other places in the world very far from home.  Most are soldiers.  Many are civilian contractors.  The last thing they need to think about is a wrongful denial of insurance benefits in the event they are severely injured. According to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, Congress has begun a probe into whether insurance giant American Insurance Group, Inc. and other insurance companies have been  inappropriately denying and delaying coverage and benefits to these men and…

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