The Detroit Medical Center says a plan to address problems with its sterilization of surgical instruments has been approved by state regulators.
In many countries, indiscriminate antibiotic use in humans, agriculture and animals used for food production has led to the rise of bacteria that are resistant to all commercially available antibiotics. Many are now asking: “Have we returned to a pre-antibiotic era?”
Psychiatric patients wait disproportionately longer in emergency departments before receiving treatment and experience longer stays compared to other medical patients, according to reports released Monday by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Nearly a third of physicians could be exempt from Medicare's new Merit-based Incentive Payment System under a final rule the CMS issued Friday. The CMS also signaled it would broaden the opportunities for physicians to participate in alternative models.
The more than 3 million people receiving home and community-based services are not protected by national quality measures. As the nation's elderly population grows, the National Quality Forum is pushing to create standards that use data and measure outcomes.
Health officials are warning that small outbreaks of infections spread by contaminated operating room machinery during open-heart surgery could be more widespread than first thought.
While preventive breast cancer screening has led to the detection of more tumors, it has also caused widespread unnecessary treatment, or overdiagnosis, for patients, according to a report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The technology could help hospital staff deal with a major concern regarding patient safety.
Detroit Medical Center has submitted a report to the federal government on how it will address infection-control deficiencies in its central sterile processing and perioperative departments at its downtown campus.
Medical-device maker St. Jude Medical is warning doctors and patients about a rare battery defect in some of its implantable heart devices that can cause them to fail much earlier than expected.
About 1 in 4 Americans says their medical conditions have gotten worse because they postpone receiving emergency room treatment, according to a poll conducted by media outlet Morning Consult on behalf of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
HHS' internal watchdog says the often-substandard quality of care at hospitals serving Native Americans is the result of outdated equipment and technology, lack of resources and difficulty attracting and keeping skilled staff.