Driver's License Quiz

The GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test » Make A Quiz Florida Driver’s Education Facts Q. What do red traffic light arrows mean? A. Treat red directional arrows the same as you would a regular red light. According to Lt. William Leeper of the Florida Highway Patrol, “You are prohibited from making a turn from a […]

Jennifer Millis to speak on panel at Florida Bar Convention

Jennifer Millis, an attorney at Edwards & Ragatz P.A., has been invited to speak on a panel about patient privacy and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act issues, at the 2010 Florida Bar Convention in Boca Raton, Fla. The symposium is part of the bar’s continuing legal education program and will be chaired by three […]

BCBS & Never Events

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced on February 26,  2010 that all 39 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies established a payment policy that prohibits reimbursement to contracted acute care hospitals for hospital acquired conditions or “never events” “ serious events or medical errors that are clearly identifiable and preventable. The Blues […]

CMS & Never Events

In July of 2008, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued State Medicaid Director Letter #08-004 to provide guidance related to coordination of State Medicaid payment policies with policies recently adopted by the Medicare program. This is needed when hospital providers bill for selected hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). Prompted by the 2002 & 2006 […]

Crashes Related to Cell Phone Usage

National Safety Council released a report that showed 28% of roughly 1.6 million crashes yearly are caused by drivers on cell phones or texting.  View the National Safety Council Report. More than a dozen bills about cell phone usage and texing while driving are under consideration for the 2010 legislative session. Currently in Florida it […]

What is A Never Event?

A “Never Event”* is a clearly identifiable and measurable, serious, and usually preventable medical error or event. “Never Events” fall into a variety of categories and consists of medical errors such as bedsores, wrong-site surgery and medication errors. If you suspect you or a loved one are victims of medical malpractice, negligence or nursing home […]

Memorial Bed Sore Cases-February 2010

Memorial Hospital  faces six  lawsuits for related medical negligence “Never Events” February 23, 2010 Six families are in the process of filing suit against Memorial Hospital for neglect and negligence that allowed patients to contract decubitus ulcers (bedsores) that led to complications ranging from disfigurement to death. The United States Department of Health and Human Services classifies bedsores […]