Settlement Reached in Antitrust Suit Against Atrium Health (fka Carolinas HealthCare)

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The Department of Justice and the state of North Carolina have reached a settlement agreement with Atrium Health, formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System, in a federal lawsuit alleging the hospital giant violated antitrust laws and drove up patient healthcare costs

As reported by The Charlotte Observer, the 2016 lawsuit against Atrium Health, a billion dollar hospital chain and North Carolina’s largest health care provider, alleged that the company illegally reduced competition in the local healthcare market and set consumer prices so high that many patients were left struggling with bills they could not pay. While Atrium consistently raised costs for consumers, their top execs were receiving millions of dollars.   [Read more…]

“The Bleeding Edge:” Netflix Presents New Documentary on Risks & Dangers of Medical Devices in America

The Bleeding Edge Netflix Documentary

A new Netflix Original documentary titled The Bleeding Edge takes a look at the $400 billion medical device industry in America, and the dangers that come with manufacturing products like hip implants, vaginal mesh, Essure birth control, and robotic surgery devices in a corrupted system. [Read more…]

New Study Shows Physician Burnout, Fatigue and Depression Lead to Major Medical Errors

New Study Shows Physician Burnout, Fatigue and Depression Lead to Major Medical Errors

According to the Institute of Medicine, medical errors contribute to an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 deaths per year. A new study conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine shows that physician burnout, fatigue, and depression can potentially lead to major medical errors, including errors in judgment, incorrect diagnoses, and technical errors. [Read more…]

Rachel Geman Talks to the Washington HeraldNet About Customer Fury Over Fraudulent Short-Term Health Plans

Rachel Geman Talks to the Washington HeraldNet About Customer Fury Over Fraudulent Short-Term Health Plans

While short-term medical health plans have received recent White House support, numerous lawsuits have been filed nationwide by angry customers disputing exclusions over pre-existing conditions and the outright denial of claims under these reduced-duration insurance policies. [Read more…]

Carolinas HealthCare Anti-Competition Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

Carolinas HealthCare Anti-Competition Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

As reported by The Charlotte Observer, North Carolina Business Court Judge Michael Robinson has denied the Carolinas HealthCare System’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the hospital giant of driving up health care costs through illegal efforts to prevent competition. The lawsuit, filed by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel in September of 2016, accuses CHS of placing improper contract restrictions on insurers forbidding them from guiding customers to lower-cost competing hospitals. [Read more…]

Consumer Reports Warns of Deadly Infections From Surgical Heater-Cooler Devices

Consumer Reports Warns of Deadly Infections From Surgical Heater-Cooler Devices

Fifteen patients at Greenville Medical Center in South Carolina have been diagnosed with a rare infection known as non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM), which has been linked to heater-cooler devices (HCDs) used in certain heart and lung operations. Four out of the fifteen patients have already died from the infections. [Read more…]

Complexity of Health Care System Contributes to Patient Deaths from Preventable Medical Errors

Complexity of Health Care System Contributes to Patient Deaths from Preventable Medical Errors

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) reports that nearly 250,000 Americans die every year as a result of medical mistakes in hospitals and other health care facilities — mistakes that are entirely preventable. Medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. In “The Real Cause of Deadly Medical Errors,” Ashish Jha outlines for Scientific American exactly what constitutes a medical error how this systemic failure results in wholly unnecessary suffering for patients. [Read more…]