Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Video: All of #GruberGate In 2 Minutes


Thank you Nickarama.

Heh, heh, heh.

if you want background on who and what Gruber is, and why this vid ought to melt your face, see


This Gruber-Gate Supercut Video Is Positively Enraging

More Hilarity. Johns Hopkins Releases Ethics Report For Modern Day Nurses

Does this include the Nurses in San Francisco who worked at those non-existent hospitals with those non-existent Psychiatrists? 


Education, policy development key to creating more ethical nursing environment

A new report from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics highlights a number of ethical issues facing nurses in the healthcare industry, in the wake of the first National Nursing Ethics Summit at the university earlier this year as well as the world-wide Ebola virus hype.

Nurses in every setting from hospitals to homecare face ethical pressures that arise from various situations that can contribute to problems in access to care, and that prevent nurses from practicing in accordance with their values, according to the report, "A Blueprint for 21th Century Nursing Ethics: Report of the National Nursing Summit." It examines four areas: clinical practice, nursing education, nursing research and nursing policy.

In clinical practice, the industry must develop and sustain work environments that support ethical nursing by creating tools and guidelines for fostering that work environment, evaluating those tools in practice and making the results of those evaluations easy and accessible, according to the report. 

The industry must also promote excellence in nursing ethics education by developing recommendations for preparing faculty to teach those ethics effectively, in order to build a strong and diverse healthcare workforce and advance the ethical delivery of healthcare.

Nursing leaders should develop a research agenda that will lead to a culture of ethical practice in diverse settings, according to the report. The strategy should be evidence-based and measurable in order to improve quality of care, clinical outcomes, costs, and impact on staff and the work environment, according to the report. When it comes to policy there needs to be development in measurement and evaluation criteria to assess workplace culture and moral distress among nurses, which will foster a more ethically healthy environment.

"It's our hope this will serve as a blueprint for cultural change that will more fully support nurses in their daily practice and ultimately improve how healthcare is administered--for patients, their families and nurses," said Cynda Hylton Rushton, Ph.D., R.N., the Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Berman Institute of Bioethics, and lead organizer of the summit. "We want to start a movement within nursing and our healthcare system to address the ethical challenges embedded in all settings where nurses work.". 

To learn more:
- read the 

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Thank You Ms Sullivan and Fierce Healthcare;

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner Buys A Clue: Obama Keystone Veto Would Be Like 'Calling The American People Stupid'

And the name of that clue is: The voters weren't just tired of the faces in Congress and voted Republican out of boredom. The voters were Sick and Tired of the Policies of the Dems in Congress and the Whitehouse, and this election was indeed a Mandate for the undoing of "Hope & Change".

Does anyone remember a fire and brimstone campaign from the Republicans leading up to this election? No. The RNC pretty much sat on its hands, and the Senate changed hands. That's the level of outrage and disgust this midterm brought out into the open.


November 18, 2014 - 10:32 AM

Psychiatrists And Psychologists Not Reliable Expert Witnesses

November 16, 2014

Psychiatrists and psychologists who work as expert witnesses for the courts are generally no more scientifically knowledgeable or accurate about issues that involve human memory than regular practitioners or lay persons, according to a study published in Psychology, Crime and Law. In some court cases, wrote the authors of the study, the results could be “catastrophic”.
The study was based on a questionnaire distributed to members of the Norwegian Psychological and Psychiatric Associations, to which about 940 professionals responded. The surveys asked questions about current scientific understandings with respect to psychological topics often relevant to court cases, especially involving factors that affect memories in victims or eyewitnesses.
“The results of the present paper show that psychologists and psychiatrists serving as expert witnesses in court have limited knowledge about factors affecting the memory of eye witnesses and memory factors in general, and they do not score above the level of psychologists/psychiatrists in general,” wrote the authors. “Moreover, a comparison with the results of samples of lay persons and judicial professional shows that they do not outperform these samples on items common to the two surveys.”
They described the overall performance of those professionals who said they’d served as expert court witnesses as “not very impressive.” At the same time, these professionals rarely indicated that they were “uncertain” about their responses.
Nearly 40% of the expert witnesses incorrectly believed that the memory of young children is better than or equally good as adult memory, noted the researchers. A significant majority of both expert witnesses and regular mental health practitioners also believed that memories of childhood abuse could appear for the first time in therapy – the researchers suggested that when these “erroneous ideas about memory are brought to court it may have catastrophic consequences.”
“(T)he results of the present paper should caution the courts that the expertise of psychological and psychiatric expert witnesses may have limitations,” concluded the researchers.
(Abstract) Psychologists and psychiatrists serving as expert witnesses in court: what do they know about eyewitness memory? (Melindera, Annika & Magnussena, Svein. Psychology, Crime and Law. Volume 21, Issue 1, 2015. DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2014.915324)

Antipsychotic Use On The Rise Among Australian Children

NEW YORKNov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As Risperdal lawsuits ( move forward in U.S. courts, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that the use of antipsychotic drugs has risen significantly among children in Australia.  According to a report from the U.K.'s Daily Mail, more than 100,000 antipsychotic prescriptions were written for Australian children in 2013. Risperidone (sold in the U.S. under the brand name Risperdal) Quetiapine and Olanzapine were the three most commonly prescribed medicines. The report noted that the number of prescriptions greatly outpaced the number of Australian children who suffer from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other psychotic ailments, suggesting that many were receiving the medications off-label for unapproved indications.
"Hundreds of people in the U.S. are now pursuing Risperdal lawsuits for gynecomastia, or male breast growth, and other complications allegedly associated with its use. In noting that Risperdal and other antipsychotic medications should be used cautiously, this report points to many of these same complications," says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal consultations to men and boys who allegedly developed gynecomastia due to their use of Risperdal.

Thank You PRNewswire and Bernstein Liebhard LLP

Monday, November 17, 2014

An Inside Peek At The Medicare Strike Force


November 10, 2014 | By 

The U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services fight fraud in the trenches through the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, and the departments recently gave AARP Bulletin a glimpse into force operations in Miami.

"The crackdown has the look of a major narcotics operation," the Bulletin wrote, "complete with electronic surveillance and frequent use of informants and cooperating witnesses."

Agents and prosecutors meet monthly to review fraud cases, the article noted. Investigative teams provide status reports to a supervisory panel from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the DOJ, the FBI and HHS. Pressure to keep cases moving makes the strike force effective, the Bulletin noted.

The hallmark of the strike force approach is using data to speed up investigations and indictments and improve investigative efficiency. As a result, the government is seizing assets, bringing charges against offenders and obtaining convictions with sentences meted out in decades, the Bulletin noted.
Matthew Kolodesh, for example, was sentenced to 176 months in prison after filing $16.2 million in fraudulent claims for home hospice care. And California physicianRobert Glazer was charged with healthcare fraud for overprescribing power wheelchairs.

The strike force expanded operations from one office in Miami to nine cities with the support of 40 attorneys from the DOJ. Almost 2,000 people who collectively billed Medicare $6 billion have been charged with crimes since the force's debut in 2007.

This work involves holding beneficiaries' feet to the fire for participating in scams. Grandmother and piano teacher Elsa Capo was indicted for taking kickbacks for allowing her Medicare number to be used in a home healthcare scheme, theBulletin noted. "Capo, 71, is the new face of Medicare fraud," the magazine wrote. She received three years of probation with 180 days of home confinement.

Overall, "Medicare continues to attract a seemingly endless assortment of swindlers and schemers," the Bulletin wrote, "ex-cons and fugitives, doctors and nurses and ordinary citizens, including immigrants for whom defrauding Medicare has become a new kind of American dream."
Through data analytics, investigative collaboration and operational efficiency, the strike force works to stay ahead of criminals.

For more:
- read the 
AARP Bulletin article

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Thank You Ms Antonio and fiercehealthpayer.

Somedays, . . . you just gotta laugh. Especially after all the crap, lies, and stonewalling the U.S. House Oversight and Govt. Reform Committee has had to sift through.

"The crackdown has the look of a major narcotics operation," the Bulletin wrote, "complete with electronic surveillance and frequent use of informants and cooperating witnesses."

Priceless, Absolutely Priceless.

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"Electronic Surveillance"? What are they using, Google China?

Obama Denies Gruber As Yet Another Video Surfaces.

Video: Gruber: Obama Asked Me To Help Disguise Unhelpful Obamacare Facts So Law Would Pass.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Obama DEBACLE Week 303: Link Fest From The Nachumlist

The Obamacare stuff is 24K with Pelosi denying she even knew who O'care Architect - 'Americans are so stupid we had to lie to them' - Jonathan Gruber was. Nancy's become almost as much fun as Hank Johnson. 

A Conservative News and Opinion Resource
A continuous record of the White House and its administration
 The Obama Administration: Year Six
President Obama's Three Hundred and Third Week in Office
News and Notes:  If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom – go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!  ...Samual Adams
 Video/Audio of the moment:   Krauthammer Blasts Democrat Liars
VA Death Panel
Obama Amnesty
Obama vs Your Privacy
Russian Reset
Obama vs The US Military
It's 3am and nobody's there
Obama and Syria
Obama and Israel, Year 6
Obama Ethics, Year 6
Eric the Red
Communty Organizer to the World

Thank You Nachumlist.