22 Mar Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Medicare
In March, 2019, Kaiser Health News (“KHN”) and Virginia Mercury (“VM”) reported that Medicare reduced payments to 18 Virginia hospitals as a statutory penalty for them resulting in high numbers of “complications” to their patients, such as injuries and infections. The Virginia hospitals sanctioned include Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, VCU Health System in Richmond, and Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital – all of which have been involved in medical malpractice cases of Mr. Waterman. The United States’ Affordable Care Act is designed to improve quality of patient care by imposing annual payment penalties on hospitals for poor performance.
Additionally, KHN and VM report that Medicare penalized 64 Virginia hospitals for their high rates of readmission, i.e., too many patients having to be readmitted to the hospital for related conditions within 30 days of being discharged. Virginia’s poorly-scoring hospitals include many in Hampton Roads: Riverside Doctor’s Hospital in Williamsburg, Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, Sentara Careplex Hospital in Hampton, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, plus Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. All are multiple repeat offenders!
Mr. Waterman’s law practice focuses on vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other cases of wrongful death and personal injury. Contact him with your case!