PKSD Newsletter: Investigation Finds Surgery Centers Have Poor Oversight and Unqualified Staffs
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on March 13, 2019 in Medical Negligence
In this month’s edition of You Should Know, PKSD’s newsletter, we discuss some of the findings from a joint investigation by Kaiser Health News and USA TODAY into ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) and how they are putting patients at risk for complications and injuries.
This month’s newsletter explains that many of these centers lack proper oversight – in some cases, the doctors who work at the center are also the owners. Even routine surgical procedures have caused devastating or fatal consequences for the patients.
Rise of Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Health care costs have been increasing for decades – performing routine surgeries at hospitals can greatly increase these costs. This is one of the reasons for the rise of surgical centers. There are more than 5,600 of these facilities in operation today.
These facilities have performed millions of surgeries, which increases the risk of complications. In fact, more than 260 patients have died after procedures at surgical centers since 2013.
Lack of Oversight and Reporting
Unfortunately, 17 states do not mandate ASCs to report it when patients die after a procedure. Medicare does not push for reporting it when patients are taken to a hospital unless more than 50 percent of these patients need to go to the hospital via ambulance.
This may be part of the reason why just one-third of these centers voluntarily report the frequency with which patients are sent to the emergency department.
The ASC Quality Collaboration has requested Medicare to toughen reporting requirements. This is an advocacy organization run by the leaders in the ASC industry.
Contact an Attorney if You Were Injured at a Surgical Center
The USA TODAY/Kaiser Health News investigation highlights the importance of taking great care when choosing an outpatient surgical facility. For example, you should probably pick a center that is close to a hospital just in case something goes wrong during your procedure.
However, if something does go wrong and you are injured or a loved one is killed during a supposedly routine procedure, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Milwaukee medical malpractice lawyers can represent you on contingency, which means there is no fee unless you are compensated. We are committed to holding negligent medical professionals and facilities liable when patients get hurt.
Schedule a free, no obligation legal consultation right now by calling 877-877-2228.