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Honoring Veterans – Start with the VA Hospital!

November 11, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

Veterans Day is about honoring veterans.  All throughout the year, politicians of every stripe make claims to their unflinching support of veterans.  The chorus grows loudest on Veterans Day. The reality is that veterans are largely mistreated at every turn, beginning with the agency charged with protecting them, the Veterans Administration. Let’s start there if […]

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Several Possible Claims and Defendants in New Mexico Jail Suicide Case

October 21, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

Wrongful death claims for jail suicides in local jails can be brought in New Mexico under a number of legal theories, laws and statutes.  In addition, there may be a number of defendants named in these types of lawsuits. The nature of the claims and the named defendants will be dependent upon a number of […]

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Suicide in Local Jails – Minimal Policies and Procedures for Protection of Inmates

October 15, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in local jails.  There is really no excuse for this.  The risk factors, warning signs and preventive measures are well known. Despite the fact that risk factors, warning signs and preventive measures are all very clearly established, many jails have no written policies or worse yet, no policies […]

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Suicide in Local Jails Preventable Yet Far Too Common

October 7, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

  Suicide is the leading cause of death in local jails.  Suicide surpasses drug and alcohol, accidental and homicide related deaths combined. A study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics studying jail and prison deaths from 2000 to 2011 found that suicide for 25 to 35 percent of local jail deaths.  In 2011, suicide accounted […]

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Drive-By Doctoring – Options for Protection of New Mexico Patients

September 25, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

A recent article in the New York Times regarding drive-by doctoring was both appalling and illuminating.  Since the article, there have been numerous related articles in other media outlets.  However, there has been little discussion of how patients should respond in these situations to protect themselves from what could easily end in financial ruin. To be […]

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VA Position On Delayed Treatment and Veteran Deaths Evasive at Best

September 23, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

It was reported last week in a number of news outlets that the Department of Veteran Affairs now admits that delayed VA Hospital treatment may have contributed to the deaths of some veterans. Sounds like progress?  Not so fast. There is a very wide legal gulf between “contributed to” and “conclusively” shown when it comes […]

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Patient Falls in Hospitals – Medical Negligence, Simple Negligence?

September 19, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) estimates that 700,000 to 1,000,000 patients suffer falls in hospitals each year. The AHRQ points out that as of 2008, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) no longer pays hospitals for preventable complication related to these incidents. This would suggest that these falls are indicative […]

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CMS’s Renewed Public Reporting of Hospital-Acquired Conditions Falls Short

September 15, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

It was reported last week in USA Today that the Center’s for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be making information available to the public on hospital acquired conditions.  This seems like a good step forward but it actually is a step back and by no means enough to protect patients and families. Short List of […]

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Surgical “Never Events” – Underreported and Undercompensated

September 11, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

Surgery does not always go as expected.  Sometimes, surgeries simply fail to improve the patient’s conditions.  Other times, surgery may worsen the patient’s condition. This does not mean that medical malpractice has occurred.  In fact, in the great majority of these cases, medical negligence played no role in the poor outcome. However, there are some […]

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CMS’ List of Inexcusable Hospital-Acquired Conditions Targeted for Non-Payment

September 10, 2014, by Collins & Collins, P.C.

The epidemic of hospital-acquired illnesses has been ongoing for quite some time.  In fact, it seems to grow worse with each passing year. In the landmark 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine, it was estimated that as many as 98,000 Americans died each year as a result of preventable medical error.  Those estimates have […]

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