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Harried doctors can make diagnostic errors: They need time to think

Harried doctors can make diagnostic errors: They need time to think

By Vineet Chopra, assistant professor of internal Medicine and research scientist, and Sanjay Saint, professor of medicine, University of Michigan From TheConversation.com When a person goes to the doctor, there’s usually one thing they want: a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, a path toward wellness can begin. In some cases, diagnoses are fairly obvious. But […]

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors, hospitals prepare for difficult talks about medical errors

Doctors, hospitals prepare for difficult talks about medical errors

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News It was a fourth of July weekend but Sharon O’ Brien, an intensive care physician, was not celebrating. A medical error earlier landed a patient in her ICU. The patient eventually died — and she had to decide what to tell the patient’s family. Should she apologize? How much […]

August 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health care worker may have exposed patients to TB

Health care worker may have exposed patients to TB

From Public Health – Seattle & King County A healthcare worker from University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) who cared for patients in their cancer treatment units has tested positive for tuberculosis (TB) disease. Public Health – Seattle & King County, UWMC and SCCA are working to determine whether […]

August 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Providers try Uber and Lyft for patients who need a ride

Providers try Uber and Lyft for patients who need a ride

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News Edith Stowe, 83, waited patiently on a recent afternoon at the bus stop outside MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. It’s become routine for her, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Stowe, who lives about five miles from the hospital, comes into the medical […]

August 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Elderly patients in the hospital need to keep moving

Elderly patients in the hospital need to keep moving

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Thelma Atkins ended up in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital-Highlands after a neighbor in her senior living center ran over her feet with a motorized scooter. Terri Middlebrooks, a nurse at the hospital, tried to figure out how active the 92-year-old Atkins was […]

August 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Should insurance become like Walmart to lower costs?

Should insurance become like Walmart to lower costs?

By Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News Retail titan Walmart uses its market dominance to inflict “ruthless,” “brutal” and “relentless” pressure on prices charged by suppliers, business writers frequently report. What if huge health insurance companies could push down prices charged by hospitals and doctors in the same way? The idea is getting new attention as […]

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Elderly hospital patients arrive sick, often leave disabled

Elderly hospital patients arrive sick, often leave disabled

By Anna Gorman — Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News SAN FRANCISCO — Janet Prochazka was active and outspoken, living by herself and working as a special education tutor. Then, in March, a bad fall landed her in the hospital. Doctors cared for her wounds and treated her pneumonia. But Prochazka, 75, didn’t […]

August 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News A California bill that would allow certified nurse-midwives to practice independently is pitting the state’s doctors against its hospitals, even though both sides support the main goal of the legislation. The California Hospital Association and the California Medical Association, which represents doctors, agree that nurse-midwives have the training and […]

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare’s readmission penalties hit hew high

Medicare’s readmission penalties hit hew high

By Jordan Rau Kaiser Health News The federal government’s readmission penalties on hospitals will reach a new high as Medicare withholds more than half a billion dollars in payments over the next year, records released Tuesday show. The government will punish more than half of the nation’s hospitals — a total of 2,597 — having […]

August 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Top Ten Washington hospitals – US News & World Report

Top Ten Washington hospitals – US News & World Report

US News & World Report released its national hospital rankings. The magazine ranked University of Washington Medical Center as top hospital in the state. Top ranked: University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle Nationally ranked in 11 adult specialties High Performing in 8 procedures/conditions 2. Providence Sacred Hearth Medical Center And Children’s Hospital, Spokane 3. Providence […]

August 2, 2016 | By | Reply More