WhiteCoat back with more medical news stories from around the web. Found enough stories to include some here, on the EP Monthly site, and on the Medbloggers.org site. Interested in blogging about medical stories or cross posting from your blog on Medbloggers? Drop me a line.
Patients gone wild. Cleveland area man punches emergency department nurse in the head while the nurse is collecting a urine sample. I could make all sorts of snarky yet unprofessional comments about this gentleman right now, but I won’t.
Official review in The Telegraph alleges that more than half of nursing home residents in Great Britain are denied basic health care.
UTMB in Galveston is allegedly shirking its responsibility to care for indigent patients. Despite collecting nearly a half billion dollars each year in publicly funds, UTMB’s number of charity patients dropped from 10,850 in 2008 to 1,672 in 2011. As a result, private hospitals that do not get the state subsidy allegedly end up providing more care for indigent patients and getting no compensation while UTMB keeps the subsidies and provides less care. Neat trick if the allegations are true.
Two House committees pass bill to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board.