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.

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

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.

Nurses and Kaiser reach contract deal, avert 2-day strike

By Associated Press  |  January 17, 2015

The union that represents about 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses in Northern and Central California has reached a tentative contract with the medical provider and canceled a two-day strike planned for next week at 86 hospitals and clinics.

IOM report on sharing clinical trial data met with skepticism

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 17, 2015

Last week, the Institute of Medicine urged major changes in data-sharing practices to make it easier for independent researchers to compare therapies. Some experts have hailed the report as a big step toward transparency, but many remain skeptical.

Surgical checklists—high hopes and dashed expectations

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 14, 2015

Though surgical checklists can indeed be used to prevent patient harm, such as wrong-side surgery and surgical-site infections, hospitals and health systems are learning that not every good theory translates easily into widespread clinical practice.

IOM urges vast changes in clinical trial data sharing

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 14, 2015

The Institute of Medicine released four recommendations to address practices that often have left relevant medical research unpublished and useful data unattainable by independent researchers.

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