Errors in patient care, attributed to electronic health record systems used in emergency departments, are "incredibly common," says a researcher. But vendor contracts prevent physicians from speaking publicly about problems with the systems. >>>
A hospital's low 30-day mortality rates for three key diagnoses might be an indicator of good survival rates for patients who receive hospital treatment for other conditions as well, researchers say. >>>
A U.S. House subcommittee's review of proposals to improve the Medicare program focuses on three recommendations, but simultaneously restructuring the benefit design, maintaining the average value of benefits, and producing Medicare savings will not be simple. >>>
The deal to buy Vanguard will expand Tenet's footprint to 30 markets across 16 states. Charlie Martin, Vanguard's founder, chairman, and CEO, will join Tenet's board of directors, and Keith Pitts, Vanguard's vice chairman, will serve Tenet as vice chairman. >>>
Researchers and a journalist were able to re-identify, without much fuss, the de-identified medical records of scores of patients, thought to have been protected by HIPAA. Here's how they did it. >>>
Hospitals that fail to stamp out verbal abuse among RNs and those that demand 12-hour shifts risk losing valuable employees to other organizations where working conditions are more favorable. >>>
Outpatient care coordination does not significantly reduce hospitalizations among high-cost Medicare patients, researchers say. Instead 90% of inpatient spending for those patients was "for treatment of conditions that you wouldn't think would be preventable by outpatient management." >>>
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is only now putting a spotlight on the good work that's been going on in community health programs for decades. This week, five hospital-led collaboratives will be recognized for their work. >>>
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