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IOM: The doctor will see you TODAY should be standard

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 30, 2015

Provider-focused approaches to scheduling and failure to appropriately use nurse practitioners and physician assistants are among the reasons timely access to care remains a problem in the U.S., according to an Institute of Medicine report.

IOM reports 'unacceptable' disparities in cardiac arrest survival

By Sabriya Rice  |  June 30, 2015

A report from the Institute of Medicine suggests revamping the national strategy for cardiac arrest to standardize surveillance, coordination, data collection, public education and the sharing of best practices pertaining to the condition.

MRI users to learn results of new safety credentialing test

By Sabriya Rice  |  June 27, 2015

Nearly 160 medical specialists who frequently use magnetic resonance imaging equipment will know by mid-July how they performed on the debut version of a credentialing test evaluating knowledge of MRI safety.

Dialysis providers to get modest Medicare rate bump

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 26, 2015

The CMS proposed a 0.3% rate increase for end-stage renal disease services for 2016. The proposal also modifies Medicare's quality incentive program for dialysis providers.

FDA to hold safety hearing on Essure birth-control device

By Sabriya Rice  |  June 26, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that it will hold a public hearing in the fall concerning the safety of an implantable form of birth control that has generated 5,093 adverse-event reports, including about a dozen deaths.

Blog: Too much reporting = less patient care

By Sabriya Rice  |  June 25, 2015

Too much data documentation may distract hospital infection preventionists from their main job—reducing the prevalence of hospital-acquired conditions, a new case report suggests.

OSHA cracks down on healthcare employers

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 25, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it would crack down on hospitals and nursing homes for workplace hazards that aren't protected by formal rules. Experts say politics have complicated efforts to formalize workplace regulations.

Dialysis patients get substandard care despite guidelines

By Sabriya Rice  |  June 24, 2015

Many kidney-failure patients continue to receive critical dialysis treatments through catheters, a vein access method that is widely known to increase the risk of serious infections, blood clots and even death.

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