Doctors must navigate a dizzying array of high technology, new regulations, and shifting patient expectations. How can medical schools better prepare the physician of tomorrow?
Implementing new or different EHR systems had negligible short-term effects on readmission or mortality rates across a 17-hospital sample, according to a study published in the BMJ. The new or different information technology also had no statistically significant adverse impact on patient safety.
The CMS published the much-anticipated Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on Wednesday after industry stakeholders and Congress pressured the agency to continue to delay their release. See a complete, searchable list at the bottom of this story.
An audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Health found that the agency inadequately enforced staffing and complaint policies at nursing homes.
Doctors and hospital leaders are skeptical of the "July effect," the term describing the mass arrival of new medical graduates that allegedly leads to more medical errors, lower quality of care and even higher mortality rates. They're also working to make sure it isn't real.
The legalization of cannabis for recreational use in Colorado was associated with an increase in the number of young children who were treated for unintentional exposure to the drug, a new study concludes.
"Tread carefully on measures of patient satisfaction” criticizes satisfaction surveys for focusing on trivia (“a hospital is not a hotel nor a theme park”); encouraging docs to prescribe inappropriate or harmful meds to earn good scores; and yielding subjective data that don't...
The agency released the data ahead of publishing actual ratings for individual hospitals. The data show that hospitals of all kinds—teaching or safety net, for instance—vary in quality as judged by the ratings, which are based on 62 quality measures.
The CMS has selected 516 physician practices to participate in a payment initiative intended to change the way providers manage heart disease.
Nearly one out of three Medicare beneficiaries discharged from rehabilitation hospitals in March 2012 were medically harmed during stays at the facilities, according to a report from HHS' Office of Inspector General.
“A workplace violence prevention program should be a required component of the patient safety system of all health care organizations,” wrote Ron Wyatt and Kim Anderson-Drevs of the Joint Commission and Lynn Van Male of the Veterans Health Administration in a JAMA article.
An analysis claiming that more than 250,000 deaths a year in the U.S. are due to medical errors has stirred controversy, as doctors question the researchers' data and methodology. But others say that squabbling over numbers overlooks the very real problem of medical errors in the U.S.