As part of the major health care law recently passed, consumers are considered winners for the most part. However, hospitals are concerned that the financial penalties that may be imposed on them could create financial problems. Some of the provisions that are of greatest concern for hospitals include:
As summarized in a recent article in CNNMoney.com, “Industry watchers and consumer advocates say the measures were sorely needed and will go a long way to protect patients and enhance efficiency in the system.” According to a representative of Consumers Union Safe Patient Project, “These measures put us on a path to improving care because when you change their payment structure, the behavior in hospitals improves.”
For its part, hospitals’ main trade group, the American Hospital Association (AHA), said it is supportive of some provisions but concerned about others.
“The penalties are intended to send a strong message from Congress that they want hospitals to be efficient and keep patients safe,” said Nancy Foster, AHA’s vice president of quality and patient safety. “That’s exactly what our members are working hard to do.”
Nearly 100,000 people are killed every year as a reslt of medical errors. That’s like two 747 planes crashing to the ground every day. Patient safety must be promoted. It’s a matter of life and death.
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Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorey by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. He has been acknowledged by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all of the more than 80,000 lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also acknowledges him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in medical malpractice matters, product liability claims, and serious automobile accident claims. Mr. Zambri has also been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics magazine–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.
Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to present seminars to lawyers and doctors, as well as both medical and law students concerning medication errors, medical malpractice litigation, and safety improvements.