Whistleblower Lawsuit Claims Misdiagnosis, Cover-Up At KU Hospital | KCUR

Lee Tilson lee.tilson at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 3 22:36:37 UTC 2016


No, not that I know of.

Have you heard of how the American Assoc of Neurosurgeons retaliated
against Dr. Robert Rand? Or other neurosurgeons? Or how a chair that tried
to get rid of a fraudulent doctor was punished? Retaliation occurs all the
time. Details and circumstances are different. The goal and effect is the
same: silencing whistleblowers.

Feel free to call.

Lee Tilson.
313 550 7500

On Sun, Jul 3, 2016, 6:24 PM HM Epstein <hmepstein at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks, Lee. Beyond the retaliation angle, how easy is it for one doctor
> to insert the names of other doctors into an EHR indicating they "concur"
> with a Dx without the other doctors knowing or agreeing? Has anyone heard
> of this happening before?
>
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> On Sun, Jul 3, 2016 at 5:25 PM, Lee Tilson <lee.tilson at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I am familiar with a few instances of retaliation against people  who
>> attempted to expose misdiagnosis or mistreatment.
>>
>> The circumstances were somewhat different. The underlying story is the
>> same.
>>
>> Feel free to contact me if you think this would be helpful.
>>
>> Lee Tilson
>>
>> On Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 2:34 AM, HM Epstein <hmepstein at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Please read the following summary and I'd appreciate the group's
>>> feedback.
>>>
>>> The former chair of pathology at KU Hospital filed a whistleblower
>>> lawsuit against his current hospital claiming the current head of pathology
>>> misdiagnosed a patient with a lethal form of cancer, surgeons removed an
>>> unidentified organ, the lab discovered that the removed organ was
>>> essentially cancer-free, and then that the pre-surgery sample was also free
>>> of cancer, covered it up and never told the patient who still thinks they
>>> have to be on guard against a lethal form of cancer.
>>>
>>> The paragraph I would like your opinion on is deep in the article:
>>>
>>> "In September, Tilzer informed KU Hospital’s chief medical officer and
>>> risk management officer that the hospital needed to conduct a “root cause
>>> analysis” of the mistake to make sure it wouldn’t happen again. The chief
>>> medical officer responded that the original diagnosis was correct because
>>> two other pathologists signed the report. But Tilzer says the two other
>>> pathologists did not agree with the original diagnosis, “and the chair
>>> simply wrote their names in the electronic medical record.”"
>>>
>>> First, is it easy for one doctor to fake the signatures of other doctors
>>> in the EMR without being discovered? And while the accused pathologist
>>> finally admitted her error, it appears the hospital hasn't done so nor had
>>> the patient been notified. Therefore no root cause analysis has been done.
>>>
>>> So, is this a crazy outlier situation or is it a common occurrence?
>>>
>>> Thank you.
>>>
>>> Best,
>>> Helene
>>>
>>>
>>> http://kcur.org/post/whistleblower-lawsuit-claims-misdiagnosis-cover-ku-hospital#stream/0
>>>
>>>
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