Where is My Credit for Suing the Joint Commission?

For years I have asked someone to help me get the Joint Commission.  Here is what I said almost FIVE YEARS AGO:

The scumbags at the Joint Commission were also bought out by Big Pharma and forced docs to prescribe more narcs in the hospital.  They go unscathed and continue to be given limitless power.  Even better, they still don’t change their guidelines even though there is no evidence behind it.

Then, a year ago I said this:

I also believe that the famous pain scale with the cartoon faces on it was ALSO sponsored by Purdue.  If I am wrong, please correct me.

I need help.

  1. Does anyone have that pain scale card that shows it was sponsored by Purdue Pharmaceuticals?
  2. Does anyone have the guide sponsored by the Joint Commission (JCAHO at that time) as mentioned in the WSJ article?

I personally believe that the Joint Commission or JCAHO should be called on this.  Help me get them.

Well, someone has listened to me!

‘This is just the beginning’: Scope of opioid lawsuits widens to include hospital accreditor

But where is my credit?  They are saying everything I was saying!

Industry involvement also went beyond the standards. In the early 2000s, pharmaceutical firms — including Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin — underwrote educational Joint Commission programing and paid for its own events to train hospital physicians about the accreditation standards, the lawsuit said. Even after the Food and Drug Administration warned Purdue in 2003 about overstating OxyContin’s effectiveness in ads, the Joint Commission kept producing materials that urged doctors to treat patients until they were “free from pain.” According to the lawsuit, the pattern continued for years, leading to the promotion of pain as the “fifth vital sign” in articles, as well as published education materials funded by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, maker of Duragesic, a skin patch that contains fentanyl.

I want in. Seriously.  I actually have been trying to get a lawyer to sue the Joint Commission for over 4 years now but they wouldn’t take the case.  No matter.  I will live and laugh and get some joy out of West Virginia destroying these lowlifes.  Go get’em, boys!!

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  6 comments for “Where is My Credit for Suing the Joint Commission?

  1. Gabriella Olson
    November 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    THat’s my state! And it sure does feel good to be #1 at something!

  2. David Grant
    November 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I’ve been very skeptical of Joint Commission for over 30 years now. The people working for them are nurses who looked good on paper but couldn’t cut it as a Director of Nursing in the real world, and occasional physicians who might be smart but who are so arrogant nobody could stand working with them.

  3. George Voigtlander
    November 15, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Good for them!

  4. Kurt
    November 15, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    The ABFM too. Just took the re-cert and I’m shaking. Compatriot did the one before last
    and was shaking too. Obtuse questioning. Remember, Nortriptyline is the best
    tricyclic for “elderly” people.

    • Pat
      November 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      I left my board re-cert last year more depressed, angrier than I have ever been about my profession. Went right to a bar. I know how you feel.

  5. RSW
    November 15, 2017 at 7:55 am

    They need to go after Press Ganey also.

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