IHS hospital in South Dakota threatened with funds cutoff

By Associated Press  |  May 24, 2016

The CMS threatened Monday to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funding to an Indian Health Service hospital in Rapid City—the third South Dakota hospital serving Native Americans that's been found to have serious deficiencies in recent months.

Providers, pharma call on lawmakers to properly fund opioid bills

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 19, 2016

A coalition that includes providers and pharmaceutical companies is pushing Congress to build on recent efforts to address the opioid drug misuse and abuse epidemic that led to more than 28,000 overdose deaths in 2014.

Lapses in infection control found at two Los Angeles hospitals

By Associated Press  |  May 16, 2016

California health inspectors dispatched to two Los Angeles hospitals following "superbug" outbreaks involving a hard-to-clean medical scope found numerous safety violations that appeared to put more patients at risk, according to a newspaper report.

Mental health advocates question Kansas 'step therapy' bill

By Associated Press  |  May 16, 2016

Mental health advocates are raising concerns about a bill passed by Kansas lawmakers that would require doctors to try cheaper drugs before more expensive ones for Medicaid recipients, but the bill's backers say the concerns are overblown.

Florida cosmetic surgery clinic has ties to previous deaths, debilitating injuries

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 15, 2016

A Hialeah, Fla., plastic surgery center where a 29-year-old woman from West Virginia suffered fatal complications Thursday uses physicians who have maimed patients repeatedly and then discharged them to recover in hotels and horse stables with no medical attention, the Miami Herald reported.

When the addict is a doctor

When the addict is a doctor

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 14, 2016

While the current opioid crisis has attitudes shifting toward emphasizing treatment over punishment for addicts, clinicians still fear punitive actions if they seek help.

Data Points for May 16, 2016

Data Points for May 16, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 14, 2016

Data Points for the week of May 16, 2016, covered the following topics: Medical errors, hospital-acquired infections, preventable injuries from medication, adverse events.

FDA finalizes reporting rule for antibiotic use in livestock

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 13, 2016

Manufacturers of antibiotics used in food-producing animals must now provide their estimated sales, by species, of the drugs they sell and distribute for that purpose, according to a final rule from the Food and Drug Administration.

Commentary: We can do better in protecting our frontline caregivers

Commentary: We can do better in protecting our frontline caregivers

By Karen Daley  |  May 13, 2016

Fifteen years ago, the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was enacted to protect healthcare workers across the U.S. from preventable needlestick injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens. But despite initial progress, the momentum behind doing the right thing for our caregivers has slowed...

City hospital system declares war on New York Post

By Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's New York Business  |  May 10, 2016

The New York Post Sunday cover story was bold even by the standards of the city's loudest tabloid. Not only did the story paint a Brooklyn hospital as a death trap, but it did so using a single anonymous source and had the unusual byline "anonymous."

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