Tribune Notices Medicare Penalties for Hospitals with High Readmission Rates

Almost twenty days ago, McHenry County Blog reported on Medicare penalties being levied by the Federal government on local hospitals. While the article focused on hospitals serving local patients, a Chicago Tribune article Thursday reported on hospitals statewide. Being early … Continue reading

Three Janes Sue Dr. Basudeb Saha, M.D., for “Battery (Sexual) & Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress” at NIMC

“Jane No” is the lead plaintiff, along with “Jane Doe” and “Jane Roe” in a suit filed in McHenry County Circuit Court Friday by attorney Robert Hanlon. Each plaintiff seeks at least $150,000 from defendant Dr. Basudeb Saha. In the … Continue reading

Apparently McHenry County Democrats Are Okay with Playing the Class Envy Card

Is it a political issue to say with photos about a political opponent? “He’s got two vacation homes.” This is playing the class envy card. Apparently McHenry County Democrats decided this is a normal part of playing politics. What is … Continue reading

Readmission Rates at Area Hospitals

Yesterday we looked at death rate comparisons for Medicare patients for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia at Barrington’s, McHenry’s and Woodstock’s hospitals. Today, we look at readmission rates for those three problems. For heart attacks the Barrington, McHenry and … Continue reading

Death Rates at Area Hospitals

One of the data sets issued by Medicare cuts to the chase. It’s about mortality. Death rates to the rest of us. When I was managing state employee benefits (my consolation prize after running against Roland Burris for State Comptroller … Continue reading

Medicare Statistics Raise Questions about McHenry & Woodstock Hospitals’ Use of Medical Imaging

The Federal government has released data showing the use of medical imaging for hospitals across the country. The data base allows the comparison of three hospitals on one page, so I selected Barrington’s, McHenry’s and Woodstock’s. Taking a look at … Continue reading