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Heart Failure: If properly managed, this common condition isn’t a life changer

Heart Failure: If properly managed, this common condition isn’t a life changer

By Sara Weiss, MD Cardiologist and Heart Failure Specialist Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center According to the American Heart Association’s latest statistics, it affects 6.5 million Americans and is projected to increase 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with the malady. Unfortunately, though, this common condition was given […]

February 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Will Trump’s ban cause foreign-born doctors to look elsewhere

Will Trump’s ban cause foreign-born doctors to look elsewhere

By Marshall Allen ProPublica Get sick in Toledo, Ohio, and chances are good you’ll be treated by a doctor born in another country. If you have allergies, stomach issues or neurological problems, the chances are even better. At least half of those doctors are foreign-born, Ohio Medical Board data shows — some from the seven […]

February 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals worry repeal of Obamacare will jeopardize innovations in care

Hospitals worry repeal of Obamacare will jeopardize innovations in care

By Kristin Espeland Gourlay, RINPR Kaiser Health News Much has been written about the 20 million people who gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and what could happen to these patients if the ACA is repealed without a replacement. But some people don’t realize that hospitals nationwide could take a big financial hit […]

February 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

  Pay attention to symptoms, seek help immediately if condition warrants By Gordon L. Kritzer, MD, FACC Cardiologists, Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center Since large meals are often part of holiday celebrations, it is easy to over eat when celebrating Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. If, after eating a big […]

February 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Harborview to test patients and staff who may have come into contact with patient with TB

Harborview to test patients and staff who may have come into contact with patient with TB

By James Apa Public Health – Seattle & King County A patient at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle was recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). The patient potentially came into contact with other patients and staff on three different occasions between mid-December and January 20. Public Health – Seattle & King County has been notified, and […]

January 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Long list of Agent Orange decisions awaits VA in 2017

Long list of Agent Orange decisions awaits VA in 2017

By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh for The Virginian-Pilot With 2016 drawing to a close and a new presidential administration poised to take over, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs faces an array of decisions related to the herbicide Agent Orange, which contained the toxic chemical dioxin and was used to kill vegetation during […]

December 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
ProPublica files lawsuit seeking agent orange documents from the VA

ProPublica files lawsuit seeking agent orange documents from the VA

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica ProPublica has sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming the agency failed to promptly process a request for correspondence with a consultant about Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant used during the Vietnam War. The lawsuit, filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleges that the delays violated […]

December 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Virginia Mason wins national recognition for safety

Virginia Mason wins national recognition for safety

The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit hospital watchdog organization, announced today the recipients of its 2016 Top Hospitals award, which the group awards to hospitals with that meets its quality and safety standards. Top Hospitals have better systems in place to prevent medication errors, higher quality on maternity care and high-risk procedures, and lower readmission rates, the […]

December 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors and hospitals are saying ‘Show me the money’ before treating patients

Doctors and hospitals are saying ‘Show me the money’ before treating patients

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Tai Boxley needs a hysterectomy. The 34-year-old single mother has uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus weaken, causing severe pain, bleeding and urine leakage. Boxley and her 13-year-old son have health insurance through her job as an administrative assistant in Tulsa, […]

December 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Older patients can appeal to stop an early hospital discharge

Older patients can appeal to stop an early hospital discharge

But slowing down a hospital discharge requires fast action By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News The old man slept quietly as his daughter sat by his hospital bed. Suddenly, an aide walked in and announced that a move was imminent. “Your time here is up,” Bonnie Miller Rubin remembers the aide explaining. “He’s going to […]

December 2, 2016 | By | Reply More