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‘Safety Net’ hospitals face federal budget cuts

‘Safety Net’ hospitals face federal budget cuts

A double whammy of federal budget cuts might force many hospitals, particularly those that serve poor or rural communities, to scale back services or even shut their doors.

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they shoulder part of the blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they’ve begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You’re going to feel some pain.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

Wasted Medicine: A ProPublica series has illustrated the many ways the U.S. health care system leaks money. Health care leaders and policymakers suggest ways to plug the holes.

December 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Automated registry helping patients better manage their diabetes

Automated registry helping patients better manage their diabetes

Primary care providers at Virginia Mason had developed a Diabetes Registry that automatically analyzes our medical records to identify patients with or at risk for diabetes, track how well they are doing; and bring them back for care when needed.

December 15, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
In era of increased competition, hospitals fret over ratings

In era of increased competition, hospitals fret over ratings

In a highly competitive market, no one wants to be a “C”-rated safety hospital any more than a “C”-rated restaurant for cleanliness. So, one hospital didn’t take its new “C” grade sitting down but sued the ratings group for defamation.

December 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
HIV rates at record low in King County and Washington state

HIV rates at record low in King County and Washington state

The numbers of new HIV diagnoses in King County are at their lowest level since 1998 and at the lowest level in Washington state since 1985. Much of the progress in declining infections has stemmed from high rates of HIV testing, viral suppression, and from preventive use of medication to prevent HIV.

December 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Washington state to require all health providers to undergo suicide prevention training

Washington state to require all health providers to undergo suicide prevention training

Most people who die by suicide don’t see a mental health counselor but commonly interact with healthcare providers in the weeks leading up to their suicide.

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

Problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

There are laws that cover, among other things, your rights to privacy, nondiscrimination, language interpretation and visitation. But beyond legal protections, there are people you can talk to and steps you can take to improve your situation if you feel you’re not getting the care you deserve. And patients’ opinions do count.

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

Little known to the public, or to sick patients and their families, organs donated domestically are sometimes given to patients flying in from other countries, who often pay a premium.

November 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

The US health care system serves the elderly poorly. A new book provides guidance to help seniors receive the best care possible.

November 16, 2017 | By | Reply More