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Rationing Medicine Reported by Half of Physicians

More than half of physicians surveyed in a national study engaged in acts of rationing medicine, according to a study published on July 19th in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Approximately 53% of physicians personally refrained from offering patients specific services that would have provided the best care because of health system cost. The […]

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Number of Medical Error Deaths Top 250,000 Each Year

A new study reveals that medical error deaths could count for over 250,000 deaths each year. According to the study, published in the BMJ and authored by a surgeon at Johns Hopkins, this number is far larger than a 1999 study in which the number of medical error deaths was estimated at under 100,000. “Safety […]

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New Jersey’s Hospital Mortality Rates

Have you ever wondered about the hospital mortality rates in New Jersey or wanted to research a local hospital in which you might have treatment? There are many ways to measure the quality of a hospital, but one of the most reliable is to look at their safety statistics, including infection and hospital mortality rates. […]

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Insurance Plans Offering Poor Emergency Care Coverage

You signed up for insurance, pay health insurance premiums on time, and believe that you have good emergency care coverage. Unfortunately, that is less often becoming the case. According to a new nationwide poll of over 1,900 emergency physicians, most patients do not understand what their policies cover for emergency care. According to the doctors, health […]

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NJ Law Lets You Die on Your Own Terms

A little publicized law in New Jersey allows patients facing end of life care decisions to die on their own terms. The law, signed in 2011, created the POLST (Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatments) form, which allows patients to spell out what kind treatments they are willing to accept in their final months, weeks or days. The […]

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The Surgeon Who Became a Malpractice Lawyer

Lawrence Schlachter was an accomplished neurosurgeon in Atlanta until a ball came flying off a hitter’s bat, shattering bones in his right hand and rendering him unable to operate. At that point, the 52 year-old took a novel approach: he went to law school and became a medical malpractice attorney. Having seen medical malpractice issues from […]

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Short Staffing Nurses Leads to Patient Harm

It has long been argued that when there are not enough nurses on staff, patient safety suffers. That theory has just been confirmed by a new study published in the British Medical Journal. According to lead researcher Jane Ball of Southampton University, when nurses are responsible for 10 or more patients at once, there is a 20% greater […]

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Healthcare Miscommunication Costs $1.7B and 1,700 Lives

In the past seven years, healthcare miscommunication has cost over $1.7 billion in additional medical expenses, and over 1,700 lives. According to research from research/analysis firm CRICO Strategies, communication problems were a contributing factor in 7,149 cases (30 percent) of 23,000 medical malpractice claims filed between 2009 and 2013. Obviously, the statistics are only a fraction of […]

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Malpractice Claims Against Nurses on the Rise

According to a recent report, medical malpractice claims against nurses are on the rise. During the five-year period between 2010 and 2014, more than $90 million was paid in malpractice claims against registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses and licensed practical nurses. Those at the highest risk for malpractice lawsuits are nurses who were trained outside of the […]

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Hospital Infection Rates Don’t Tell Full Story

One of the most common ways to evaluate a healthcare provider is to examine their post-op infection rates. That data, however, is incomplete. There is much more that goes into safety than infection rates, and even those may not be current or tell the whole story. As reported recently in the Orange County Register, some […]

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