HR 1215 – and why congress hopes you miss it!

So I couldn’t help myself – I tried once again to tell the tale of why Congress hopes you won’t pay attention to what they are voting on.  Enjoy my 20 minute discussion on HR1215 here and why I fear for profit healthcare and pharmaceutical lobby wants this Bill, and why you, as the consumer…[Read More]

Getting Admitted to the Hospital on the Weekend can kill you

I am not kidding and now there is a study to back me up. The New England Journal of Medicine just published a study titled, “Mortality among Patients Admitted to Hospitals on Weekends as Compared with Weekdays.”  The study’s authors looked at over 3.5 million hospital admissions over a 10 year period – pretty significant numbers. …[Read More]

Bill Supported by Virginia’s own Bob Goodlatte would make Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Harder to Win

Republican Bob Goodlatte is a long-time member of the Virginia delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives.  He currently serves as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  As an aside, he was elected in 1993 after a campaign in which he stressed the need for “term limits.”  That’s correct…he has been a member of the…[Read More]

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Lewis Gale Medical Center Do Not Get High Marks

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for patients.  It is the nation’s premier advocate of hospital transparency—collecting, analyzing and disseminating important hospital data to consumers of health care for the past 16 years.   The Roanoke Times just published an article on the most recent Leapfrog Group report and…[Read More]

House of Representative Member Bob Goodlatte: Working Hard to Take Away Your Rights

Bob Goodlatte, a Republican congressman from Virginia, is a co-sponsor of HR 1215, a bill laughingly titled, “Protecting Access to Care Act.” The bill, if passed next week, will do exactly the opposite. The bill places sharp limits on lawsuits by individuals who have been injured by abusive nursing homes, incompetent or negligent doctors, and…[Read More]