Head injuries have been front and center in the collective American mindset for several years now, with media accounts of traumatic brain injury -- including, centrally, concussions --- regularly featuring in stories concerning head trauma suffered by people engaged in widely varying activities.
When you go to a doctor about a medical concern, you expect to be told the truth, not given a comforting half-truth. In the case of a woman now facing the probability of premature death, however, that was apparently the mistake by her radiologist and gynecologist.
“Why are you ordering that CT scan?”
The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) was established in 1986 to serve as a repository for information relating to medical malpractice payments. The goal was and continues to be to identify the types and magnitude of medical error and enhance patient safety.
The push across the medical industry in recent years that has focused upon supplanting paper records with electronic health records (EHRs), with New Jersey providers being no exception, has often been touted as revolutionary.
Close to a quarter of a million cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in women in the United States each year. For men, breast cancer is much more of an anomaly, being diagnosed at a rate that amounts to less than one percent of the rate seen in women. In fact, the American Cancer Society says that only about 2,240 breast cancer cases are diagnosed in males in a typical year.
Millions of people across the country routinely say that they do not like going to a clinic to see a doctor. The reasons for that certainly vary, but a number of studies and accounts readily reveal that many persons receiving out-patient care find the clinical experience to be somewhat rushed and frenetic, as well as incomplete.
The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHH) is a long-tenured organization that advocates health care reform through its association with scores of medical, business and consumer groups. Its President and CEO, John Rother, recently issued this blunt and telling statement about a glaring problem in the medical industry: "Nearly seven hundred billion dollars are wasted in the U.S. medical system each year," Rother said, "much of which is tied to misdiagnosis or people getting the wrong treatment."