Trump Reduces Penalties For Nursing Homes – Is Patient Safety In Jeopardy?

At the end of 2017, under the direction of President Trump, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reduced the fines and penalties for the medical and patient safety errors of nursing homes. Many industry experts and observers are concerned  that these changes could insulate nursing homes from being held responsible for even the most egregious instances of wrongdoing. Advocates for nursing home reform believe that the regulatory changes may reverse progress made in improving the level of care provided by these facilities over the last several decades. Read more

VA Knowingly Hires Doctors With Criminal, Malpractice and Disciplinary History

In exchange for putting their lives on the line for our country, the government is to provide our veterans free medical care at Veteran’s Administration hospitals.  But what type of care are our veterans actually getting? According to this story in USA Today, the VA has knowingly hired physicians who have had their licenses revoked, have felony convictions, extensive malpractice histories, and who have been charged with sexual misconduct Read more

Why Would The Federal Government Protect Dangerous Doctors?

A bombshell investigation has revealed that Thomas Franchini, a podiatrist who botched treatment of veterans in 88 separate cases, was allowed to resign from the VA Hospital system without discipline and go into private practice here in New York. Another dangerous doctor, a VA radiologist who misread dozens of CT scans, was paid $42,000 of unused sick and leave pay and allowed to resign from a VA hospital. That doctor, like Dr. Franchini, left the VA with a clean reference. Even more shocking is that these were only two of about 230 secret settlement deals in which VA officials allowed dangerous Read more

Tragic Accident Highlights Need for Safety Regulations

When the commercial bus owned by Dahlia Bus Lines hit an MTA bus in Queens last month, the driver was going so fast that the MTA bus spun around from the force of the impact. Tragically, three people died, and many were severely injured. The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) announced that the driver of the Dahlia bus that caused the fatal accident was driving more than double the speed limit and blew through a red light. Compounding the tragic deaths and injuries are questions about how the driver, who had prior convictions for drunk driving and leaving the scene of Read more