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For nearly two decades, malfunctions and injuries linked to more than 100 medical devices were funneled into an FDA database that few patients, doctors or even FDA officials knew existed.
Nearly every machine in a hospital is now outfitted with an alarm. The glut of noise means that the medical staff is less likely to respond.
The outages are likely to be a long-term problem. Hospitals and clinics must be prepared for this new reality. And so must patients.
The Golden State's recurrent power outages this year in response to wild fires have forced patients to think about how they get care when the power is cut.
State agencies are writing rules that will let providers send patients bills in nonemergency situations, such as scheduled surgeries.
Docs said they had little idea how aggressively the hospital where they practice was billing and pursuing their patients for payment.
Plans for putting patient safety first — and for building a comprehensive injury reporting and reviewing system — have stalled for nearly a decade.
The past decade has shown that it's been relatively easy to make hard-won tax increases go away, suggesting that health-related interest groups, still wield a lot of power on Capitol Hill.
Health plans pass the cost of 'free' flu shots to consumers through higher premiums.