Patient-focused UCLA leader tapped to head Geisinger

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 28, 2015

Dr. David Feinberg's knack for improving patient-satisfaction scores and transforming the culture at the UCLA Hospital System was a major reason Geisinger Health System last week named him its next CEO, Geisinger leaders say.

FDA will assess endoscope manufacturers' reprocessing guidelines

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 26, 2015

The man slated to take over as head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the agency never reviewed the efficacy of manufacturers' instructions for cleaning and reprocessing medical endoscopes associated with the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.

Patient advocates oppose defunding N.Y. doc profile site

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 25, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to save $1.2 million by defunding the state's website is coming under fire from a coalition of 16 patient- and consumer-advocacy groups who call the plan “a dangerous step backwards in the effort for greater transparency in...

Guest commentary: Partnering with a med-mal insurer to improve care, cut costs

By Larry Smith and Nat Cross  |  February 25, 2015

The popular stereotype of the role played by medical malpractice insurers in the nation's healthcare system is not positive. And it's true that hospitals and their insurers can be wary and contentious partners, tied together by financial necessity and the stark realities of a litigious society. But...

PCORI awards $64 million for five pragmatic studies

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 24, 2015

The not-for-profit Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Tuesday awarded more than $64 million to five comparative-effectiveness studies looking at treatment models for cancer, back pain and strokes.

Endoscope contagion raises questions about FDA oversight

By Sabriya Rice and Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 21, 2015

The latest outbreak of a deadly drug-resistant bacterial infection spread through contaminated endoscopes has prompted calls for re-evaluating the adequacy of currently recommended cleaning and reprocessing procedures.

Quality experts meet to discuss next steps for patient safety

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 21, 2015

More than 15 years after the Institute of Medicine's landmark report on patient safety, the National Patient Safety Foundation is convening a panel of experts in Boston this week to assess the state of the safety movement and where it needs to go.

Seven infected, two dead after superbug outbreak at UCLA hospital

By Associated Press  |  February 19, 2015

Contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients—including two who died—with an antibiotic-resistant and potentially deadly superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, hospital officials said. A total of 179 patients may be infected.

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