A previous post on this blog talked about how the federal government monitors nursing homes that are allowed to take in Medicaid and Medicare patients and get reimbursed through these federal healthcare programs.
Many nursing homes in Missouri and elsewhere rely heavily on income from Medicaid and Medicare, the federal government's programs that pays most medical bills for elderly and low-income patients. As part of their agreement to take Medicaid and Medicare patients, these homes must follow detailed safety and patient care standards and submit themselves to inspection from time to time.
According to a recent study, the number of medical malpractice claims against cardiologists, that is, doctors who are experts in treating the heart, are on the rise.
A previous post on this blog talked about how hypoxia during childbirth, when undetected or left untreated, can leave an infant suffering from serious medical and developmental problems for the rest of his or her life.
Although child birth is supposed to be a happy time both for the parents and, presumably, the newborn as well, it is also a risky process. There are a lot of things that can go wrong while delivering a child, which is why most parents trust an experienced doctor and medical team to help them safely deliver a healthy baby.
As is the case in other states, Missouri has in recent years passed several laws that are supposedly designed to reduce abuse litigation against hospitals and doctors and, allegedly, reduce medical costs.
A previous post on this blog talked about the disastrous effects a misdiagnosis or even a failure of a doctor to make a timely diagnosis can have on a Kansas City resident. Indeed, patients on both sides of the state line have every right to expect their doctors to tell them what is wrong with them promptly and accurately.
A misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis can compound the harm the victim suffers and lead to additional harm and suffering. Medical malpractice falls into several different categories or types and a failure to diagnose is one way that a negligent medical provider can cause harm to a victim who has placed the trust in the medical provider for their treatment and care.