Union to assist reporting of missteps by Allina temp nurses | Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Minnesota Nurses Association announced Monday that it will aid patients and medical staff in reporting any missteps or violations of patient care standards that occur in Allina Health hospitals while their Twin Cities nurses are on strike.
Six doctors indicted in $122 million Medicaid fraud scheme | MLive.com
Six Detroit-area doctors face federal charges of healthcare fraud after being linked to a massive Medicaid and Medicare scheme. "In the Detroit area, 16 individuals, including six doctors, a social worker, a pharmacist and two physical therapists were charged with a variety of health care fraud and kickback schemes totaling over $122 million," according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade's office.
Facing backlogs, Minnesota hospitals develop housing for psychiatric patients | Minneapolis Star Tribune
Frustrated by backlogs, hospitals are developing short-term housing for adults with psychiatric illnesses who may be ready for discharge from the hospital, but need more therapy before going home.
Wisconsin DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades dies | Wisconsin State Journal
State Department of Health Services Secretary and former state legislator Kitty Rhoades died Saturday after falling ill in the past week, Gov. Scott Walker's office announced. She was 65.
Medical malpractice: The alarming numbers of doctors busted for bribery | NJ.com
In two New Jersey courtrooms less than an hour's drive apart, two doctors were sent to prison recently for putting greed ahead of the welfare of patients. Physicians have been prone to crime with alarming frequency in the past year and officials have raised concerns about the unusually large scope of the problem.
Device lawsuits plague Cook Medical | Indianapolis Business Journal
The lawsuits against Cook Medical, Bloomington, Ind., began four years ago with a trickle but have since turned into a gusher, now surpassing 500. Patients say the blood-clot device breaks, moves or pokes through vessels. The $2 billion company has issued five recalls since 2014.
Virginia Mason warns dialysis patients of hepatitis B risk after screening error | Seattle Times
Seattle's Virginia Mason Hospital said Friday that a lapse in hepatitis B screening procedures may have put dialysis patients over the past five years at risk for the blood infection.
Hologic wins emergency U.S. authorization for Zika test | Reuters
Bedford, Mass.-based Hologic won emergency U.S. authorization to sell its Zika test, expanding the number of public and private labs that can test for the virus as health officials brace for a rise this summer in the number of infections.