Federal investigators are reportedly probing medical devices linked to spreading cancer in women and examining what Johnson & Johnson, at one time the largest manufacturer of laparoscopic power morcellators, knew about the dangers before pulling them from the market in 2014.
Antibiotic prescriptions were as frequent among doctors providing care through a telemedicine appointment as physicians who saw patients face-to-face, a new study found. But the types of antibiotics prescribed via telemedicine could increase antimicrobial resistance.
A Q&A with Truven Health's new chief data officer, Rich Holada, about what healthcare can learn from other industries, and why data doesn't have to be big to save lives.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and a former Congressional Budget Office director, writes that Medicare and Medicaid have an obligation to provide high-quality care to America's seniors and low-income beneficiaries, and they must be made financially sustainable.
Data Points for the week of May 25, 2015, covered the following topics: Paying physicians based on quality, infections from contaminated duodenoscopes, nursing home quality ratings, TV ads for children for poor quality food
A payment reform strategy offering consolidated billing codes and bundled cancer-care payments aims to “fundamentally restructure” the way cancer care is paid for in the U.S.
Data on how well 4,600 U.S. hospitals perform on three common elective surgeries and two chronic health conditions were made available Wednesday through a new consumer tool from U.S. News and World Report. Thirty-four hospitals earned high performing ratings in all five procedures and conditions.
Wexford Health Sources, one of the named defendants in a lawsuit accusing the state of Illinois of shoddy medical care at its prisons, has previously settled 38 out of 463 complaints for a grand total of $3.1 million over five years. A new lawsuit claims "deliberate indifference" about medical care...
Virginia Mason Medical Center has taken the unusual step of teaming up with a patient's widow to sue medical-device manufacturer Olympus over contaminated duodenoscopes, which sickened 32 patients between November 2012 and January 2014. Eleven patients died.
The number of stem-cell clinics across the U.S. has surged from a handful in 2010 to more than 170 today. Many of the clinics are linked in large, for-profit chains. It's quackery, critics say. But it's also a mushrooming business—and almost wholly unregulated.
Federal health experts say there are a host of problems with the design and cleaning instructions for specialized medical scopes recently linked to a series of bacterial outbreaks in hospitals nationwide.
Reports of low enrollment are not dampening CMS officials' optimism over moves aimed at improving coordination of care for millions of low-income and disabled Americans who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.