Dr. Charles Denham left a career in radiation oncology to join the “patient safety” movement. He formed his nonprofit Texas Medical Institute of Technology, became editor-in-chief of the Journal of Patient Safety, and found his way to the National Quality Forum, where he co-chaired the NQF Safe Practices Concensus Committee. There, he ardently promoted a skin antiseptic formulation that, according to Dr. Bob Wachter, would be a “home run” for CareFusion, the manufacturer of ChloraPrep.
In January, 2014, CareFusion agreed to pay a $40.1 million fine to settle U.S. Department of Justice charges that paying Dr. Denham $11.6 million constituted a kickback.
I just want to emphasize the criminal nature of what is going on here. National Quality Forum (NQF), along with all the other quality entities, are populated by the likes of Denham, Wachter, Romano, Cassel, Baron, and all their accomplices. They are like leeches, syphoning off resources from the system, based on faulty research, or no research whatsoever. The end goal is to enrich themselves and the companies they represent. And, Medicare/Medicaid, supports it!! What does this mean? The Federal Government, which has no constitutional authority to engage in any type of health care or medical care, is overseeing the drain of resources from the populace into the hands of the elite, who have complete access to legislators via NQF.
As a profession, physicians need to collectively look at all the policies, regulations, mandates, financial arrangements and such that impact the patient-physician relationship and our autonomy, the evidence that these have any clinical validity, and the (perverse) incentives of those who promote these. While I respect many of the various Boards members, and certainly mine, any thinking physician would have great trouble accepting Dr. Nora’s points for anything other than a fable, pushed by bureaucrats who wish to protect their financial arrangements and power.