Editorial: Diagnosing Wisely

Editorial: Diagnosing Wisely

By Merrill Goozner  |  September 26, 2015

Despite its title, “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care,” you have to dig deep into the Institute of Medicine's first-ever report on the problem of misdiagnosed patients to find proposals that will have an immediate impact on the problem.

Medical liability insurers see reduced premium revenue

By Michael Sandler  |  September 19, 2015

Medical liability insurers continued to face a sluggish market, with direct premium collections down for the second straight year in 2014, according to a Modern Healthcare review of data supplied by A.M. Best Co.

Hospitals slow to adopt patient apology policies

Hospitals slow to adopt patient apology policies

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 15, 2015

Deaths, whether inevitable or caused by preventable medical errors, happen daily at most hospitals. But few have adopted best practices for handling complaints or even questions from family members and caregivers, whose first and understandable reaction often starts with the word “why.”

Detroit-area cancer doctor gets 45 years in prison for fraud

Detroit-area cancer doctor gets 45 years in prison for fraud

By Associated Press  |  July 10, 2015

Calling the scheme "horrific," a judge sentenced a Detroit-area cancer doctor to 45 years in prison Friday for collecting millions from insurance companies while poisoning more than 500 patients through needless treatments that wrecked their health.

Patients heap scorn on cancer doctor at his sentencing

By Associated Press  |  July 07, 2015

Telling stories of deep anguish, patients and their relatives described Tuesday how a Detroit-area cancer doctor wrecked their lives through excessive treatments and intentional misdiagnoses while he collected millions of dollars from insurers.

'Stunning' number of extreme drug doses by doc, expert says

By Associated Press  |  July 06, 2015

Patients of a Detroit-area doctor received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug, exposing them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people.

Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at AMA meeting

By Associated Press  |  June 08, 2015

Should old doctors be forced to retire? That question is the focus of a new report by an American Medical Association council that says doctors themselves should help decide when one of their own needs to stop working.

Providers argue Kentucky ruling threatens data for safety efforts

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 01, 2015

Hospital and patient-safety groups are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a court ruling they say could undermine patient-safety organizations by eroding protections that keep certain medical documents out of liability lawsuits.

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