A North Texas physician was recently sentenced to twenty years in prison in connection with the death of seven patients from 2012 to 2017. Pain management doctor, Howard Gregg Diamond, is the former principal physician at the Diamondback Pain & Wellness Center in Sherman, Texas. In July 2017, Diamond was indicted by a federal grand jury after authorities found evidence that Diamond had written countless prescriptions for addictive opioid medications without a legitimate medical purpose since 2010. In July 2014, Diamond distributed or dispensed morphine, oxycodone, alprazolam, and zolpidem to a patient that resulted in the patient's death just ten days after the medications were prescribed. Law enforcement authorities also linked six other overdose related deaths to prescriptions written by Diamond between 2010 and 2017. The overdose deaths occurred in several cities in both Texas and Oklahoma.
Carla Miller has sued Vanderbilt University Medical Center and alleged the hospital operated on the wrong kidney during surgery. Ms. Miller claims that Vanderbilt doctors were supposed to implant a mesh tube from her left kidney to her bladder. However, physicians mistakenly implanted the tube in her right kidney. As a result of the error, Ms. Miller has claimed her urinary system was permanently damaged and she will now require dialysis for the rest of her life. Ms. Miller has asked for $5.5 million in compensatory damages and another $15 million in punitive damages.
A report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed a pattern of blood labeling errors at St. Luke's in Houston during the past year. The report followed a yearlong investigation by both the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica that had documented several lapses in patient care.
Several lawsuits have been filed against various mental health facilities across the State of Texas by former patients who claim they were held against their will without cause. According to one lawsuit filed in federal court, nine individuals were held against their will after voluntarily agreeing to seek treatment at various mental health facilities including Mayhill Behavioral Health, Millwood Hospital, DeSoto at Hickory Trail, and Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire. The plaintiffs have alleged that the defendants held them against their will through a series of fraudulent and illegal acts, including falsifying documents to secure detention orders from a judge. The lawsuits also allege that the defendants use intimidation, manipulation, and fear to keep voluntary and involuntary patients from leaving the facilities.
In 2003, Texas voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment to allow the Legislature to impose sweeping changes to the medical malpractice law in Texas. The stated purpose was to alleviate a medical malpractice insurance crisis.
The families of Martin Maurer, Linda Paponetti, and Georgia Guzzi-Ozebek have filed suit against two family practice physicians at The Cleveland Clinic and alleged the doctors over-prescribed painkillers that led to accidental overdose and death.
Ending up in the hospital can often be stressful and expensive, but it shouldn't be dangerous, as well. That's why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reducing its payments to 751 hospitals as a penalty for their poor patient safety statistics. Medicare will cut its 2018 reimbursement rates by one percent for the lowest-ranking quarter of hospitals based on a battery of patient safety measures-potentially a loss of millions of dollars, for some hospitals.
The National Practitioner Data Bank records 2017 as having the lowest number of payments made by physicians' insurers since it began collecting data in 1990. According to the NPDB, payments peaked in 2001 at 19,773 reports of medical malpractice payments, whereas 2017 only had 11,260 reports of medical malpractice payments across all healthcare providers, despite a dramatic increase in adverse action reports against healthcare providers. In the same time period between 2001 and 2017, adverse action reports have risen from 24,230 actions to 49,016. Are frivolous malpractice actions on the rise or is malpractice itself down?
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Mary Waters and her three children have sued Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center and nursing assistant Felecia Thompson for the wrongful death of Douglas Waters, Sr. The suit alleges that Ms. Thompson struck Mr. Waters on the head, neck, and face while she was trying to calm him during an episode of "delirium and agitation." The suit continues to allege that the assault gave Mr. Waters PTSD, which caused him to not have the will to live, which ultimately led to his death. Ms. Thompson was arrested by police and is facing pending criminal claims for injury to an elderly individual.