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FDA will assess endoscope manufacturers' reprocessing guidelines

FDA will assess endoscope manufacturers' reprocessing guidelines

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 26, 2015

The man slated to take over as head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the agency never reviewed the efficacy of manufacturers' instructions for cleaning and reprocessing medical endoscopes associated with the spread of drug-resistant bacteria.

Patient advocates oppose defunding N.Y. doc profile site

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 25, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to save $1.2 million by defunding the state's NYDoctorProfile.com website is coming under fire from a coalition of 16 patient- and consumer-advocacy groups who call the plan “a dangerous step backwards in the effort for greater transparency in...

Guest commentary: Partnering with a med-mal insurer to improve care, cut costs

Guest commentary: Partnering with a med-mal insurer to improve care, cut costs

By Larry Smith and Nat Cross  |  February 25, 2015

The popular stereotype of the role played by medical malpractice insurers in the nation's healthcare system is not positive. And it's true that hospitals and their insurers can be wary and contentious partners, tied together by financial necessity and the stark realities of a litigious society. But...

Endoscope contagion raises questions about FDA oversight

Endoscope contagion raises questions about FDA oversight

By Sabriya Rice and Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 21, 2015

The latest outbreak of a deadly drug-resistant bacterial infection spread through contaminated endoscopes has prompted calls for re-evaluating the adequacy of currently recommended cleaning and reprocessing procedures.

Quality experts meet to discuss next steps for patient safety

Quality experts meet to discuss next steps for patient safety

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 21, 2015

More than 15 years after the Institute of Medicine's landmark report on patient safety, the National Patient Safety Foundation is convening a panel of experts in Boston this week to assess the state of the safety movement and where it needs to go.

FDA issues endoscope warning following superbug outbreak

FDA issues endoscope warning following superbug outbreak

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 19, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a general warning to health providers regarding the use of medical endoscopes for complex endoscopic procedures such as the one that led to seven people becoming infected with a superbug bacteria at a Los Angeles hospital. Two of those patients died.

Seven infected, two dead after superbug outbreak at UCLA hospital

By Associated Press  |  February 19, 2015

Contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients—including two who died—with an antibiotic-resistant and potentially deadly superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, hospital officials said. A total of 179 patients may be infected.

Study names 227 risky surgeries for seniors

By Sabriya Rice  |  February 18, 2015

Some surgeries performed commonly on seniors should be considered “high-risk” and preceded by careful conversations about the potential harms, according to a new study. Many on the list also happen to be among the most expensive.

CMS toughens nursing home ratings

By Sabriya Rice  |  February 13, 2015

The CMS says it is making it more difficult for nursing homes to get high marks on its five-star quality rating system. The facilities will soon be subject to two additional measures, expanded onsite surveys and an electronic reporting system to verify staffing levels.

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