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Bad metrics put patients at risk, prevent providers from improving

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 28, 2015

The hospitals most likely to be penalized under the federal hospital-acquired-condition reduction program are those that are Joint Commission accredited and do well on other publicly reported quality measures, a new study finds.

Delayed scrutiny: Problems with birth control device expose gaps in FDA oversight

Delayed scrutiny: Problems with birth control device expose gaps in FDA oversight

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 25, 2015

Thousands of women have experienced problems with the Essure birth control device. They claim these side effects were not disclosed to them by the manufacturer or their doctors, and that their complaints have been dismissed for years by the device manufacturer, physicians and the federal government.

Massachusetts nurses push for workplace violence bill

Massachusetts nurses push for workplace violence bill

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 21, 2015

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is pushing a state bill that would mandate plans to protect employees from workplace violence. This follows the fatal shooting of a doctor at a Boston hospital this year and an increased focus on healthcare workplace violence at the federal and state levels.

Helping staff who are traumatized by errors

Helping staff who are traumatized by errors

By Maureen McKinney  |  July 18, 2015

After a medical error, hospital employees may suffer from anxiety, shame and depression. Such incidents can demoralize entire departments, and hospitals need a strategy for addressing them.

Budget shortfall is troubled VA's latest challenge

By Associated Press  |  July 17, 2015

The VA faces a serious numbers problem—multiple in fact. It can't count how many veterans died while waiting to sign up for healthcare. It also says some VA hospitals may have to close if the agency can't get $2.5 billion.

Most home health agencies get mediocre ratings

Most home health agencies get mediocre ratings

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 16, 2015

On a star-rating scale ranging from one to five, with five being the best, the national average for more than 9,000 home health agencies is three, according to new federal data released Thursday.

Blog: Virginia Mason crosses the pond to teach Lean cost and quality methods

Blog: Virginia Mason crosses the pond to teach Lean cost and quality methods

By Andis Robeznieks  |  July 16, 2015

The Virginia Mason Institute in Seattle announced Thursday that it has won a five-year, $13 million contract to improve patient safety and control costs at five acute-care hospital trusts that are part of England's National Health Service Trust Development Authority.

House bill would standardize voluntary GMO food labeling

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 14, 2015

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee approved legislation Tuesday to create a federal standard for voluntary labeling of foods containing genetically modified material. The bill would do away with a patchwork of laws currently in place throughout the country.

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