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  • Texas – What happens when the Patient does not file the required expert report?

    Texas What happens when the Patient does not file the required expert report? In Texas, when a patient sues a doctor for medical negligence, an expert report must be provided within 120 days of filing suit. And, assuming one sues a healthcare provider, it is impermissible to si...

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  • Texas - Is a Slip and Fall in a Nursing Home that caused death a medical malpractice case?

    Texas courts have a colorful and checkered history regarding what situations are considered within the purview of the medical liability statute. The importance of this question is that the answer will determine whether the many burdens and pitfalls that accompany the medical liab...

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  • Hospital Death Rates are up to 400% higher than they should be.

    The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing hospitals performance on the national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency that are most relevant to consumers and purchasers of care. Hospitals that participate in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey achieve h...

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  • Texas Ch. 74 Expert Report Rules - Must the Report Prove the Case?

    One of the most insidious issues created by the Texas Legislature in the 2003 "Tort Reform" has been the requirement that the patient file an expert report within 120 days of filing the lawsuit. This single issue has bogged down the Texas court system like little else. The insura...

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  • The Problem of Hospital Secrecy - What the Patient Should Know but Will Never Find out.

    In every state in the United States, laws have been created that cloak the internal hospital processes in secrecy. This is typically referred to as the "Peer Review Privilege" or the "Hospital Committee Privilege." The hospitals claim that this kind of secrecy is necessary so hos...

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  • What every hospital patient should know - Process of Care Measures

    This is one of a series of guides published for the purpose of patient education. This one concerns Process of Care Measures by the US Department of Health and Human Services. What are the Hospital Process of Care Measures? A process of care measure shows how often hospitals giv...

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  • What every patient should know - Hospital Compare

    This is one of a series of guides related to patient education. This one is to encourage patients to reasearch their hospital choices prior to selecting one for their medical treatment. The Federal Government has a useful source of information on hospital quality. The Hospital ...

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  • What every patient should know - Asking the Right Questions

    This is one of a series of guides related to issues of patient safety. This one is intended to suggest some of many questions the patient might ask prior to selecting a hospital. Choosing a Hospital Worksheet The following questions can help you make the best choices. You may not...

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  • What every hospital patient should know - Joint Commission

    This is one part of a series of guides related to patient education in hospital selection. One source of information for patient education is the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' website. While the information here is not as thorough as it ought to b...

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  • What Every Patient Should Know - Choosing a Nursing Home

    This is one part of a series of guides related to patient education associated with choosing a healthcare facility. One resource when choosing a nursing home is called Nursing Home Compare. The tool is used to look up nursing homes in your area by name, city, county, State or Z...

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