Fresenius operates half of Medicare's lowest-rated dialysis facilities

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 26, 2015

Medicare's new five-star quality-rating system for dialysis facilities suggests significant disparities between the care provided by the nation's largest kidney-care companies. Far fewer Fresenius Medical Care facilities earned five- and four-star ratings than those of competitor DaVita Kidney Care.

Quality-of-care standards missing for homebound seniors

By Dr. Bruce Leff and Dr. Christine Ritchie  |  January 24, 2015

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, our healthcare system is moving from one that rewards those who provide a high volume of services to one that rewards high-value services to patients.

Virginia Mason says steps taken to correct endoscope safety issues

By John N. Frank  |  January 24, 2015

Virginia Mason Medical Center, responding Saturday after numerous press reports of deaths at its facility over a two-year period, said in a statement that the problem stemmed from endoscope cleaning guidelines that were inadequate.

Inside medicine's gray zone

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 24, 2015

Researchers and cost-control advocates are increasingly questioning drugs, devices and procedures that proved effective in clinical trials but don't achieve the same outcomes once widely deployed. Sometimes they perform worse than cheaper alternatives already on the market.

CMS posts dialysis ratings as industry protests

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 23, 2015

Consumers can now evaluate the quality of care at more than 5,500 dialysis facilities online with a five-star rating system the CMS rolled out Thursday. The program is part of a broader federal initiative to boost transparency and help Medicare beneficiaries compare quality.

Experts see value in stronger oversight of compounded drugs in hospitals

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 23, 2015

New recommendations on how to improve the safety of compounded, sterile drugs given in hospitals represent a step forward in the fight to prevent more patients from being sickened or killed by mishandled or improperly compounded drugs, experts say.

CMS urged to step up oversight of compounded drugs

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 22, 2015

Significant gaps remain in ensuring the safety of compounded drugs given in hospitals, reports a study released to Modern Healthcare early Thursday morning by HHS' Office of Inspector General.

Docs make fewer diagnostic mistakes in teams, study finds

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 20, 2015

Teamwork may be one way to help reduce the incidence of diagnostic mistakes, in which patients' conditions are missed, delayed or diagnosed incorrectly, a study suggests. When two doctors worked together, their confidence in a diagnosis was boosted and their determination was more accurate.

CMS gives more time to clinic where Joan Rivers died

By Associated Press  |  January 18, 2015

A federal agency says the New York City clinic where Joan Rivers suffered a fatal complication during a medical procedure will get another chance to keep its accreditation.

Physicians blame patient 'treadmill' for missed calls

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 17, 2015

For a physician to deliver an accurate diagnosis, it requires time for thoughtful consideration of a patient's symptoms. But time is one element physicians say they don't have.

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