The Veterans Health Administration, responding to the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, has taken steps to reduce delays for veterans seeking outside appointments for care. But problems persist.
By joining forces, the groups hope to accelerate progress in patient safety.
Weak patient identification policies and inadequate behavioral health training for staff are leading to dangerous yet preventable errors at American hospitals, according to patient safety advocates.
Hospitals and nursing homes are places of healing and comfort. Yet they are among the least safe places in America when it comes to violent assaults against healthcare workers.
For a baby born in the U.S., the likelihood of entering the world through the birth canal or by cesarean section is not based strictly on clinical factors. Insurance coverage and the hospital where that baby is delivered also play a role.
Wearable monitoring devices are supposed to encourage a more active lifestyle and empower people to lose weight. Medical researchers are beginning to cast doubt on those claims.
Many of the country's largest patient advocacy organizations are funded with donations from the pharmaceutical industry at a level that raises questions over potential conflicts of interest.
More than 3,700 women have filed lawsuits against the company in the U.S., alleging harm from its permanent sterilization device Essure.
Lack of awareness around the right technology for preventing surgically retained items is causing providers to risk both patient safety and financial savings.
Certain circumstances, including if a medical device may pose a risk to patients, allows Brazil to suspend the registration of a medical device. Bayer disagreed with the decision, which it said had been made without the company's knowledge.
How health systems must better prepare and take action to avoid the costly problem of retained surgical items (RSI's).
After implementing a video-based patient-education system, Charleston Area Medical Center saw reduced readmissions for chronic conditions.