DMC plan addresses issues with sterile tools

By Associated Press  |  October 19, 2016

The Detroit Medical Center says a plan to address problems with its sterilization of surgical instruments has been approved by state regulators.

Commentary: Have we returned to a pre-antibiotic era in medicine?

Commentary: Have we returned to a pre-antibiotic era in medicine?

By Kristi Kuper  |  October 19, 2016

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?”

ER wait times, length of stay far longer for psychiatric patients

ER wait times, length of stay far longer for psychiatric patients

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 17, 2016

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.

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

By Virgil Dickson , Shannon Muchmore and Shelby Livingston  |  October 14, 2016

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.

Contaminated machines linked to heart surgery infections

By Associated Press  |  October 13, 2016

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.

Breast cancer screenings lead to overdiagnosis

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 12, 2016

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.

St. Jude warns of battery defect in some heart devices

By Associated Press  |  October 11, 2016

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.

Staff issues affect care at reservation hospitals

By Associated Press  |  October 08, 2016

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.

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