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Friday, June 13, 2014

One-third of Nursing Home Patients Suffer From Medical Errors

Medicare patients suffer from widespread medical mistakes at nursing homes

One-third of all Medicare patients treated at skilled nursing facilities suffered some form of harm from medication errors, medical mistakes or infections, according to a government investigation that raises red flags about the quality of America’s health care as the industry transitions to Obamacare.
The investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general found that 59 percent of the adverse patient events were preventable and that more than half required patients to be admitted to care at a hospital or other facility.

Numerous patients — about 1.5 percent of those exposed to harm — died as a result of the mistakes, the report found.
The adverse events are harmful to taxpayers as well, costing an estimated $2.8 billion a year in additional hospitalizations, the report found.
Nursing homes are the most common type of skilled nursing facilities or SNFs, which are a growing part of America’s medical system as the baby-boomer generation ages. President Obama’s health care law envisions them continuing to play an important role going forward, raising the stakes for the problems unmasked in the investigation.
“Because many of the events that we identified were preventable, our study confirms the need and opportunity for SNFs to significantly reduce the incidence of resident-harm events,” the inspector general concluded.

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Investigators said 22 percent of Medicare patients developed serious medical problems as a result of their stay, many of which required hospitalization to treat.
The most common mistake investigators found had to do with medication, usually with nursing staff giving patients the wrong kind or wrong dosages, or patients having an allergic reaction to the meds.
Medicare, one of the largest government programs in terms of spending, has often drawn criticism from Capitol Hill lawmakers who say the program isn’t doing enough to combat waste or isn’t transparent.
“Taxpayers have a right to see how their dollars are being spent,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, a leading advocate for spending reform, last year. “There shouldn’t be a special exception for hard-earned dollars that happen to be spent through Medicare.”
Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, said at a committee hearing last year that the government must be mindful of the cost of the program and how much mistakes can not only hurt patients, but cost taxpayers.
“As more and more baby boomers retire and health care costs continue to rise, Medicare spending could reach $1 trillion by 2023,” he said.  “Reducing hospital readmissions will not only save the Medicare program billions, it will save beneficiaries from potential infection and further out-of-pocket expense.”
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said they are compiling lists of the most common medical mistakes, and preparing better training for doctors on how to avoid the mishaps.
“CMS fully concurs with [the inspector general] on the importance of identifying avoidable adverse events among nursing-home residents and improving the quality of life and care for nursing-home residents,” a response from the agency said.
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will require nursing homes and similar facilities to report their safety records to federal watchdogs. The inspector general said it’s too soon to tell if this will have a noticeable impact on reducing medical mistakes.
In addition to the harm done to patients, inspectors said, the mistakes were a large financial burden on Medicare for having to pay for hospital treatment.
“Most of these residents died at hospitals rather than in the SNFs where the harm occurred, having been transferred back to the hospitals for higher-level treatment as a result of the event,” the inspector general said.

Hospital trips owning to mistakes by medical staff cost taxpayers $2.8 billion in a single year, according to the report. But, the inspector general warned, “the full costs associated with these events are likely greater than our estimate.”


Big Fat Heretic said...

Good afternoon Fat Bastardo.

I can't post comments in your Bigger Fatter Politics blog anymore.

I keep getting . . .

You cannot access this resource using GET

What the fucking Hell is GET???

And how do I get rid of GET???

And I can't find any information on how to fix the problem.

I only find discussion forums where people talk about the problem.

But there are no solutions.

I'm being silenced!!!

Fat Bastardo said...

I don't have a clue what the problem is. I have BFP on Disqus and I think that may be the problem.

I don't know what GET is and I am looking into it.

As you know BFP is a political forum and we are unfiltered and uncensored so perhaps the powers that be want to squelch reader comments and disrupt political discourse. This is what Nazis do.

I may post more here on BFB since my threat of legal action cause Google to remove the warning and reindex it.

El is not getting many page views on his blogs. I know that Dusty Smith and the Amazing Atheist have also been targets of censorship and deindexing.

Big Fat Heretic said...

Good evening Fat Bastardo:

Thank you for your response.

Tomorrow I'll try to call Microsoft to see if they can fix my problem.

I have the same problem with other website the have DISQUS.

I tried System Restore to restore my computer back to an earlier day before this problem cropped up.

I'm also going to call the ACLU because I'm not able to post comments on political forums.

I resent being silenced!!!

I can still post on my own blog because I'm not using DISQUS.

Maybe you should go back to the older discussion format.

I don't know.

I can post on El Rondo's blog, but he says that he also hasn't been able to post on your Bigger Fatter Politics blog, while he can still post on mine.

For this reason, I'm not going to install DISQUS.

It's a good format if it works.

But, if the powers that be are trying to keep me from posting on your BFP blog, then I'm going to lodge a complaint against them.

Anyway . . .

Please let me know here if you find out anything.

I will keep checking here for new comments.

Thank you.

Big Fat Heretic

Fat Bastardo said...

I'm thinking maybe it is not your computer but my blog or maybe your browser.

You could have spyware so you may want to run Super Antispyware. I works great and it is free.

Here is what I found on GET and I need a geek to explain it.

Big Fat Heretic said...

Good evening Fat Bastardo:

I have an anti-virus program called Malwarebytes. It cost me $50 dollars, and I've been using it since 2012 and it works great!

I also have C Cleaner which came with Malwarebytes.

The problem is not my Mozilla Firefox browser.

And when I click on "Comments" using the Microsoft browser, instead of going to the page on the link, it pop up to the top of the page.

So, I can't do shit with the Microsoft (Microscam) browser.

Maybe you can make some changes in your DISQUS so people can post as a guest or as anonymous.

Of course, I would sign my user name at the bottom so you'll know it's me.

My avatar won't appear, but I'll post my user name at the bottom.

That is, if you can set your DISQUS for guest or anonymous posting.

I don't know.

Anyway, I'm checking out the website link you posted.

Thank you.

Big Fat Heretic

Fat Bastardo said...

I think that I may just get rid of Disqus of BFP. I am going to do some research on the subject.

I have as well as Bigger Fatter Blog and I have Gastric Bypass Kills.

I have been posting less FA stuff but lately after seeing how the health care industry treats people and fat people in particular I may be posting more FA stuff as there are really no FA orgs that are helping fat people or advocating for us.

I will try to resolve this problem on my end if I can.

If you get a chance can you try posing from another location from another computer?

MS IE sucks for sure. I had a similar problem with Firefox and I roved some add ons and it worked.

I use Opera sometimes but right now I am using Chrome.

I really miss your comments as they have been one of the best things about my blogs.

Big Fat Heretic said...

Good evening Fat Bastardo:

I have been corresponding with DISQUS in my Yahoo E-mail

They don't have a toll free number. So, I keep giving them my home number, because I want them to call me.

I tried everything they suggested, and nothing works!

I finally sent then a screen-shot of the problem just now, this evening.

So, I'm waiting for a response from them. I don't expect to get a response until Monday. So, I'll just have to wait.

I tried using my Microsoft Internet explorer.


I can see how many comments. I click on that, but my Microsoft browser won't even let me read the comments. It just pops up to the top of the page.

I'm losing my 1st Amendment rights. I might have to resort to the 2ed Amendment to get back my 1st Amendment right.

But, who do I hold hostage???



But, I'm mad as HELL!!!

Big Fat Heretic

Fat Bastardo said...


I too have been having computer issues. Coincidence???

I explain it on Bigger Fatter Politics.

BTW my stats are going through the roof on all my blogs. Gatric Bypass Kills got 1000 so far today.

More later.