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Many hospitals aren't ready to handle pediatric emergencies, study finds

September 6, 2019


A new study finds critically ill children have higher mortality rates when hospital emergency departments are not prepared for pediatric patients—but Jeremy Kahn, a fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and the study's senior author, says there are steps hospitals can take to better prepare for pediatric emergencies.

Is the US wasting donated kidneys? New study sparks debate.

September 5, 2019


There are 93,000 people in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, and kidney disease kills about 5,000 U.S. residents on the kidney waiting list annually—yet a study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine estimated the United States throws away at least 3,500 donated kidneys every year.

Hospitals are avoiding admitting Medicare patients to dodge financial penalties, study suggests

September 5, 2019


A study recently published in BMJ reinforces concerns that hospitals are treating Medicare patients in emergency departments and observation areas instead of admitting them to the hospital to avoid readmissions penalties.

A drug labeling mix-up left 17 children with 'werewolf syndrome'

September 4, 2019


At least 17 children in Spain have been diagnosed with hypertrichosis, also known as "werewolf syndrome," after a drug labeling error that led parents to accidentally buy drugs for hair loss, thinking they were drugs to treat acid reflux in children.

FDA says hospitals should transition to duodenoscopes with disposable parts

September 4, 2019


FDA in a safety statement released Thursday advised health care facilities and manufacturers to transition to duodenoscopes with disposable endcap components to help reduce the spread of infection between patients.

Federal officials investigate 2 homicides, other suspicious deaths at VA medical center

September 3, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) last week announced that federal officials are investigating a string of suspicious patient deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in West Virginia, including two homicides.

Hurricane Dorian could hit the US today. Here's how hospitals are preparing.

September 3, 2019


As Hurricane Dorian approaches the United States, hospitals up the Atlantic coast are preparing for the powerful storm.

The health risks of marijuana, according to the US surgeon general

September 3, 2019


U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Thursday issued an advisory warning pregnant women and youth against using marijuana, saying the substance can pose risks to developing brains.

This state is making 'the biggest bet yet' on value-based care

August 28, 2019


North Carolina and its largest private insurer recently have launched initiatives to move away from a fee-for-service model, toward value-based care, and several of the initiatives are showing early signs of success.

Medicare beneficiaries live an average of 8.3 months after a long-term care hospital stay, study finds

August 28, 2019


Most Medicare beneficiaries who are admitted into long-term acute care hospitals spend about 66% of their remaining life in an inpatient setting, and many die within five years, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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