Patient safety expert Dr. Charles Denham, a former leader of the National Quality Forum's Safe Practices Committee, has agreed to pay the federal government $1 million to settle allegations that he accepted cash in exchange for influencing the committee's recommendations.
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.
Hospitals deemed high performers by one rating group might also be among worst performers on another, according to a study looking at four hospital ratings programs. Study authors were surprised by what they found.
The Infectious Diseases Society of America, seeking to rein in the over-prescribing of antibiotics, has published a list of instances in which both physicians and patients should question their use.