Skip to comments.Misstatement in Operative Report Not a Crime, Doctors' Group Tells Court
Posted on 01/15/2013 12:18:16 PM PST by safetysign
In a motion for leave to file an amicus brief, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons tells the Court that the criminalization of language used in medical reports will have a profoundly chilling effect on the practice of medicine.
In November, 2012, John Natale, M.D., of Chicago, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, went to federal prison on charges related to difficult, life-saving operations on several patients performed nearly 10 years ago. The patients survived and did well despite an expected mortality of 90 percent.
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The goal of the paperwork is to manufacture criminals.
Your government is completely out of control.
Meanwhile,patients suffer and possibly die because a gifted surgeon is in prison.
I was thinking the exact same thing.
...”This is the same kind of stuff they do to FFL gun dealers.”...
This is the same kind of stuff they do to industries and their environmental reports.
A math error or date/time error can cause a fine.
Even when no rule or regulation is broken or limit exceeded.
We had one plant deemed to be “out of compliance”
for reporting data in degrees C instead of the mandated degrees F even though the data clearly indicated such.
Same kind of stuff happens with tax returns and all other data gathered and reported to the feds.
Paperwork errors can get you fined and penalized, even though no real “harm” is done.
I’m pretty sure my mortality is going to be 100%, so this guy did a great job.
Shame on the prosecutor. Terrific demonstration of his humanity and I have no doubt he rationalized his win on synthetic moral grounds ...
Very, very scary, but very, very true. In the billing compliance testing that we have to go through each year it states explicitly that any misstatement, whether done with criminal intent or not, and independent of whether it results in increased billing or even decreased billing, is prosecutable.
This is all because it’s obviously way more important and noble to be a community organizer or a political operative than it is to be a doctor. I grieve for my profession, and mostly grieve for the patients. Medicine isn’t about being correct anymore, or about staying up all night at the bedside. It’s about checking off boxes, and compliance with federal and state regulations, and being wild ‘game’ for attorneys. I will always do my best for patients, as long as I continue practicing, but I carry a deep sense of sadness.
Ok. That is just plain CRAZY. That is called a "process" crime. I honestly don't know how a society can continue in this way.
Why bother practicing medicine? This will all end badly, you can see it coming.
Unless/until you are a state-syndicated physician. Then you will be exempt from such laws. The goal is complete control of medical practice by the government. They can't have that until they drive all of you guys out, or into their clutches.
There is nothing more evil than a federal prosecutor. They are all spawns of Satan himself.
and we wonder why doctors want to quit.....good Lord this is beyond stupid
Some doctors earn their money and good chest surgeons are among them.
The government on the other hand isn't worth 10% of what it takes.