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Many Medical Charities Line Pockets With Most Of Donations

Kids Wish Network, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Wish Foundation, Breast Cancer Relief Foundation….they all sound like worthwhile causes working hard to benefit victims Read More »

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Jailed NV Hep C Outbreak Doc Sentenced To More Time

Dr. Dipak Desai, the subject of a number of our articles which can be seen on our dedicated Nevada Hepatitis C Outbreak page, has been sentenced to Read More »

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Legal Lesson: Ostensible Agent Liability In Medical Malpractice

Hospitals can be held liable for the negligent acts of physicians, nurses, and others when they are employed by the facility. However they can also be held liable when Read More »

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Two Arrested In Separate Incidents For Impersonating Physicians

From Campus Safety Magazine.

Two men, one in Texas and one in Tennessee, were arrested after posing as doctors in hospitals last week in unrelated incidents.

23-year-old Terrance King Read More »

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Largest Ever DEA Prescription Drug Enforcement Operation

In a sweeping 4 state illegal prescription drug trafficking and abuse operation last week, the largest in the history of the DEA., 22 physicians and pharmacists were arrested and Read More »

Many Medical Charities Line Pockets With Most Of Donations

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Kids Wish Network, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, Cancer Fund of America, Children’s Wish Foundation, Breast Cancer Relief Foundation….they all sound like worthwhile causes working hard to benefit victims of terrible diseases. But none of them are. In fact these 5 charities are amongst the top 10 worst charities in the United States.

Each of these charities has raised tens of millions of dollars over the last decade while spending less than 3% on actual services to the people they claim to be helping (Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation spent 0.7% on actual direct aid and there are a number of charities out there that spent NOTHING). And there are HUNDREDS of charities just like them who pay unscrupulous marketing and fundraising agencies the lion’s share of the money they raise, often 80%, 90% or more, while also paying their executive staff six figure incomes, leaving almost nothing, and sometimes nothing at … (Continued...)

AZ Woman Gets 7 Years For Performing Surgery Without License

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Tuscon AZ – Ilda Garcia pled guilty in July to practicing medicine without a license, fraudulent schemes and artifices and aggravated assault causing serious physical injury, and has now been sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Garcia and co-defendant Gustavo Nuñez, who will be tried next year, performed liposuction and breast augmentation at their “clinic”, NuTec, located in an industrial warehouse. During one liposuction procedure the “patient” began having seizures, did not get appropriate emergency medical care, had no ambulance called and was not taken to the hospital for 45 minutes. As a result she suffered a stroke and was in a coma for more than 2 months.

Garcia did not have medical training, education or licensing of any kind, authorities said.

Garcia “will have seven years behind bars to think about the botched medical procedures she’s responsible for,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich in the release. “She victimized women

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Dr. Norberg Loses Defamation Suit Against His Wife

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FARGO ND — A Fargo district court jury has found that Fargo surgeon Jon Norberg was not defamed by his ex-wife.

Dr. Norberg had sued Alonna Norberg, also a physician, claiming that she made false claims and acted maliciously in having criminal charges for rape brought against him.

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Jon Norberg was acquitted in 2012 on charges he drugged his wife with propofol and then raped her.

A medical malpractice case that Alonna Norberg brought against her ex-husband was dismissed in May. In that case Jon Norberg filed a countersuit that alleged in his criminal and divorce cases Alonna defamed him, and he sought compensation for legal fees and lost wages.

We covered the Norberg saga extensively here.

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Jailed NV Hep C Outbreak Doc Sentenced To More Time

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Dr. Dipak Desai, the subject of a number of our articles which can be seen on our dedicated Nevada Hepatitis C Outbreak page, has been sentenced to more time in jail on federal medicare and insurance fraud charges. Desai is currently serving 18 years to life in state prison for 2nd degree murder and 26 other charges stemming from the largest hepatitis C outbreak in Nevada history. From the U.S. Attorney in Nevada:

July 9, 2015

LAS VEGAS, NV—Dipak Desai, the former physician owner of a defunct Nevada endoscopy center, was sentenced today to 71 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay over $2.2 million in restitution for defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and other private health insurance companies by inflating and overcharging for anesthesia services, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

“Dr. Desai intentionally defrauded the federal health care … (Continued...)

Legal Lesson: Ostensible Agent Liability In Medical Malpractice

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Hospitals can be held liable for the negligent acts of physicians, nurses, and others when they are employed by the facility. However they can also be held liable when it only APPEARS these individuals are hospital employees. We are going to explore one such case, but first a couple of definitions.

Ostensible Agent: a person who has been given the appearance of being an employee or acting (an agent) for another (principal), which would make anyone dealing with the ostensible agent reasonably believe he/she was an employee or agent.

Vicarious Liability: Liability that a supervisory party (such as an employer hospital) bears for the actionable conduct of a subordinate or associate (such as an employee physician) based on the relationship between the two parties.

From Court Documents: At about 1:00 a.m. on August 24, 2008, Sandy Whitlow screamed that her head hurt. She asked her adult son Dean to take … (Continued...)

Lawsuit: Piece Of Catheter Left In Heart In 1986, Found 2008

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Adam Walton was just 3 years old when he underwent open heart surgery to correct congenital defects on May 27, 1986 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester New York. The operative note states that a “[p]olyvinyl catheter was placed within [Walton’s] left atrium for recording atrial pressure.” The surgery was completed without incident and Walton was moved to intensive care.

On May 30, 1986, the third post-operative day, the catheter was removed. The nursing progress notes states: “OF NOTE: LA [left atrial] line possibly broke off with a portion remaining in pt [patient], as it was being removed.” There is no further mention of a possibly retained catheter or indication further investigation took place. Plaintiff was discharged from the hospital on June 7, 1986. Walton’s parents were never informed the catheter may have broken off or of the potential of a retained foreign object. It appears the nurses note was … (Continued...)

Two Arrested In Separate Incidents For Impersonating Physicians

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From Campus Safety Magazine.

Two men, one in Texas and one in Tennessee, were arrested after posing as doctors in hospitals last week in unrelated incidents.

23-year-old Terrance King was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest after posing as a physician at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas on May 26.

When a nurse noticed King walk in and out of a patient’s room and asked him what he was doing, he claimed to be shadowing a doctor. But King was later unable to produce valid identification, and fled when confronted by security. His plan of escape?  He went to Medical City Dallas Hospital and stole an ambulance, driving away with lights and sirens blaring. It did not improve is driving and he crashed at a nearby intersection.

King has a history of multiple run ins with the law, and also has a  history of mental … (Continued...)

AZ Docs Sue: Abortion Law Forces Them To Lie To Patients

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Three OBGYN physicians and Planned Parenthood have brought suit in Federal court to block part of a state law that requires doctors to tell women that drug-induced abortions can be reversed. The new law, set to go in effect July 3rd, requires physicians to tell ALL patients, regardless of whether they are even candidates for a drug induced abortion, that such abortions can be reversed with hormone therapy. There is only one problem: there is no credible science that says this is true.

“This reckless law forces doctors to lie to their patients, and it puts women’s health at risk,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which runs some 700 health centers across the United States, said on Thursday.

“This dangerous law forces doctors to lie to their patients,” Dr. Ilana Addis, chair of the Arizona Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said in … (Continued...)

Largest Ever DEA Prescription Drug Enforcement Operation

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In a sweeping 4 state illegal prescription drug trafficking and abuse operation last week, the largest in the history of the DEA., 22 physicians and pharmacists were arrested and 42 DEA Registrations to prescribe or dispense controlled substances were suspended or surrendered. The doctors and pharmacists arrested are part of a total of 280 individuals arrested on Federal and state charges related to their illegal pharmaceutical trafficking activities.  21 search warrants were executed across Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  51 vehicles, 202 weapons, and $404,828 in cash were seized in the operation.  73 seizure warrants were executed which resulted in the seizure of $11,651,565 US currency and $6,745,800 in real property. Agents raided medical clinics, physician’s offices and pharmacies and the arrested include physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

The 15 months in the making Operation Pilluted, as it was named, was led by the DEA New Orleans Field Division and … (Continued...)

Jailed Nevada Hepatitis Outbreak Doctor Guilty On More Charges

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Already serving a sentence of 18 years to life in prison for his role in the 2007 Hepatitis C outbreak at an endoscopy clinic in Nevada, former physician Dipak Desai, 65, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud, and defrauding Medicare and other insurance companies. Desai was padding the bills for anesthesia services by inflating the amount of time anesthesia was treating the patient. Reimbursement is based on time units billed.

Desai pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, one count of health care fraud, and agreed to the forfeiture of property of up to approximately $2.2 million.

Desai is scheduled to be sentenced on July 9, 2015, and faces a maximum of five years in prison on the conspiracy count, 10 years in prison on the health care fraud count, and maximum fines of $250,000 on each … (Continued...)

Two At Pharmacy Charged With 25 Murders From Contaminated Meds

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The founder of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy and one of its pharmacists have been indicted on federal charge including twenty-five counts of second degree murder.

New England Compounding Pharmacy Co-founder Barry Cadden and Glenn Adam Chin, a pharmacist who was in charge of the sterile room, are accused in a federal indictment of “acting in wanton and willful disregard of the likelihood ” that their actions would cause death or great bodily harm, officials said. Twelve others have been also been charged with various crimes in the 131 count indictment.

64 people died and another 750 were injured as a result of steroids contaminated with fungus being used to treat patients, including being injected into the space near the spinal cord where epidurals are inserted. Fungal infections which enter the blood stream can be notoriously debilitating, painful and difficult to treat and carry a high mortality rate.

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