October 22, 2017

Author Archives: staff.writer

Study Shows Most Nursing Homes Lie To Consumers About Nursing Staff Levels

For several years now families faced with making a decision on finding a nursing home for their loved one in need of skilled care have used the CMS’ Nursing Home Compare website to assist in their decision making.  The site provides consumers with information on nursing homes that are a participating and certified facility in … Read more

In its upcoming May 2013 issue, Consumer Reports is releasing their updated hospital safety ratings, and the grades show that hospitals are still a dangerous place to be.   It is estimated that medical mistakes, hospital contracted infections, and other substandard care contribute to the death of 180,000 hospital patients each year.  Deaths that could potentially … Read more

Indiana Nurse Arrested on Nursing Home Theft Charges

As reported by Stacy Page Online and the South Bend Tribune, a nurse at an Indiana nursing home was arrested for allegedly stealing from the nursing home’s patients. The charges of theft arose after a resident of Miller’s Merry Manor in Plymouth discovered a credit card missing.  Indiana State police investigating the theft were able … Read more

The One That Got Away – Patients Often Exit Surgery With “Retained Surgical Items”

As patients, we rely on our health care professionals for our safety and well-being, no more so than when we have to undergo a surgical procedure.  Yet, according to a recent New York Times article nearly 4000 patients leave the operating room with a “retained surgical item”, what should be a preventable medical error.  The … Read more

Recently, we posted an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity that found that fraudulent billing practices by hospitals and physicians appears to be on the rise, wasting billions of taxpayer dollars that could be better spent.   In an example of just such a case that hits close to home, a Bloomington, Indiana, doctor was … Read more