Cases of mistaken identity happen all the time in healthcare institutions. A new analysis details the causes of these mixups, the consequences for patients and ways healthcare leaders can address the problem.
In 2012, Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., saw 22 workplace injuries due to violence. The number rose to 45 the next year and then 55 the year after that. In 2015, when efforts to protect nurses and doctors kicked in, the number dropped to 26. So far this year, Valley Hospital has seen 27...
Hot water equipment used in hospitals to conserve energy may be a haven for harmful bacteria, according to a recent study. Changes in a patient's length of stay, which is falling as a result of healthcare payment reform, can also contribute to the problem.
The not-for-profit systems have teamed up to offer patients treatment based on their individual genetic profile using precision medicine, a care model the Obama administration has advocated for as part of its Precision Medicine Initiative.
Because the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative is so new—and purely voluntary—it is too soon to draw broad conclusions about bundled payments' effectiveness in improving healthcare quality while lowering costs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging providers and parents to stop administering the painkiller drug codeine to children after reviewing evidence of adverse health effects, including death. It was prescribed to more than 800,000 children under 11 from 2007 to 2011.
From 2010 to 2015, readmission rates among Medicare beneficiaries fell in Washington, D.C., and every state but one, the CMS reported. But don't be surprised if the pace of improvement slows.
The new 5-pound ($6.60) bill introduced Sept. 13 is made of a strong polymer and can handle a trip through the washing machine without shredding, unlike the paper cash it's replacing.
Uh-oh. You dropped the last slice of pizza on the floor. Is it safe to eat if you swoop down and retrieve it fast enough?
As Detroit Medical Center waits to hear from regulatory officials about the results of a recent inspection of its central sterile processing department, CEO Joe Mullany told employees and others about steps it has taken to address problems with improperly sterilized surgery instruments.
CMS administrators credited initiatives like the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program with saving Medicare beneficiaries from 100,000 unnecessary hospital readmissions in 2015 alone.
A fourth U.S. person has been diagnosed with bacteria resistant to a last-resort antibiotic, but researchers are expressing relief that so far these superbug precursors have not spread to others.