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How this health system overcame staff resistance to adopt a surgical checklist

May 22, 2019

When McLeod Regional Health System in South Carolina sought to implement a surgical checklist, it took time and a three-strategy approach to get surgical staff on board and achieve 100% adoption of a protocol that saves them $4 million annually.

US health care is notoriously costly. But is it worth the price?

May 21, 2019

It is well known that the United States outspends other nations on health care (often without better outcomes), but the "best evidence" shows health care "is still very valuable, even at U.S. prices," according to Austin Frakt, a health care economist.

How doctors can help (and hinder) patients who are trying to lose weight

May 21, 2019

Weight loss management can be frustrating for both patients and clinicians—but a recent study reveals concrete ways that providers can improve their patients' odds of success.

Why Walmart is steering its employees to a shortlist of 'high-quality' imaging centers

May 17, 2019

Upon learning that roughly half of employees who went to specialized hospitals for back surgery did not actually need surgery, Walmart has started encouraging its workers to go to high-quality imaging centers to ensure better, more accurate scans.

Leapfrog grades 2,619 hospitals 'A' to 'F'

May 16, 2019

The Leapfrog Group on Wednesday released its Spring Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving about one-third of hospitals an "A" and more than 40% of hospitals a "C" or lower.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces presidential run. Here's where he stands on health care.

May 16, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Thursday announced he is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and touted his plan to implement universal health coverage in the city.

3 key lessons about US health care, according to this journalist

May 13, 2019

Sarah Kliff has been reporting on health care for years, but over the past year, she has interacted with the health care system more than she ever has before—and it left here with three "important" lessons.

When a 'John Doe' enters the ED, a high-stakes game of detective begins

May 13, 2019

Hospital staff must do a bit of sleuthing when unidentified patients arrive at the emergency department, all while providing care without the patients' medical histories.

'Pretty much unbeatable': How hospitals are fighting the deadly C. auris outbreak

May 13, 2019

Hospitals in the United States and abroad in recent years have been grappling with a little-known drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris—and some experts say its silent spread raises questions about CDC's hospital reporting policies for such outbreaks.

Trump calls for an end to 'surprise' medical bills and signals support for Rx drug imports

May 10, 2019

President Trump on Thursday called on Congress to propose and approve legislation to address so-called "surprise" medical bills and vowed to allow states to import lower-cost prescription drugs from other countries.

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