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EHR safety goes to court

EHR safety goes to court

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 25, 2016

A recently filed lawsuit alleging that a faulty electronic health record system caused patient harm may be among the first in a wave of such cases, even though most experts say the latest EHR systems are better designed than older models.

Calif. hospital pays $1 million to settle patient-dumping case

By Maria Castellucci  |  June 24, 2016

Pacifica Hospital of the Valley in Sun Valley, Calif., has agreed to pay $1 million and adopt homeless patient discharge protocols to settle allegations by the city of Los Angeles that the hospital improperly discharged a homeless patient.

Commentary: Physician burnout in America—a roadmap for restoring joy and purpose in medicine

By Dr. William Maples, Dr. Bridget Duffy, Tom Cosgrove and Dr. Ronald Paulus  |  June 22, 2016

An alarming 50% of American physicians and caregivers experience burnout—and that number is growing. Burnout produces dissatisfied and unfulfilled patients, families and care teams while also compromising care quality, including increased medication errors and hospital-associated infections.

Premier introduces QUEST 2020, newest hospital quality initiative

By Erica Teichert  |  June 21, 2016

Premier is launching a new data sharing initiative to help hospitals meet federal reimbursement requirements. An earlier iteration is credited with preventing 176,000 deaths and saving $15 billion at 350 hospitals over eight years.

Study: Up to 1 in 5 trauma victims may die unnecessarily

By Associated Press  |  June 17, 2016

Up to 1 in 5 deaths from car crashes, gunshots or other injuries might be prevented with better, quicker trauma care that doesn't depend so much on where you live, according to government advisers—advice that takes on new urgency amid mass casualties like the massacre in Orlando.

Even after recall, MitraClips are in popular demand

Even after recall, MitraClips are in popular demand

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 15, 2016

Months after a series of malfunctions led to the national recall of a heart valve device, providers are looking to expand its use by pushing the CMS to finalize a proposed increase in payment for the device.

Lawmakers, experts outline steps to battle drug-resistant superbugs

By Shannon Muchmore  |  June 14, 2016

Congress can fight antibiotic resistance by funding programs to curb unnecessary prescriptions, speeding up the drug development process and improving testing to determine whether a patient has a virus or a bacterial infection, federal health experts said Tuesday.

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