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Could the problem with US health care be the patients?

June 17, 2019

Critiques of the U.S. health care system often focus on systemic issues, but that focus overlooks the important role patients play in health outcomes and spending, according to David Freedman, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and the author of "Wrong: Why Experts Keep Failing Us—And How to Know When Not to Trust Them."

Apology laws lead to more—not fewer—lawsuits, study finds

June 17, 2019

Many experts believed that so-called "apology laws"—which allow doctors to apologize to patients for an error without that admission being used against them in court—might help reduce malpractice lawsuits, but an analysis published earlier this year shows they could have the opposite effect.

HHS OIG: Elder abuse often goes unreported in nursing facilities

June 14, 2019

Nursing facilities often fail to report serious cases of potential abuse and neglect of Medicare beneficiaries, according to two new reports from HHS' Office of Inspector General.

Is it easier for small hospitals to land a 5-star patient experience rating?

June 12, 2019

Patients are more likely to give a five-star rating for patient experience to hospitals that do not offer common services such as emergency care and intensive care, according to a new study.

3 ways this health system is making its nurses—and its patients—happier

June 12, 2019

Vidant Health has implemented three strategies to boost nurse satisfaction that also have helped improve patient experience at the health system.

It's time to stop the 'administrative creep' in health care, this doctor contends

June 12, 2019

"The demands on medical professionals have escalated relentlessly in the past few decades," and rather than addressing this rise in demand with more resources, health care employers have "manipulated" medical professionals' ethics and commitment to their patients, which "is not just bad strategy" but "bad medicine," Danielle Ofri, a physician at Bellevue Hospital, writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

CMS wants to know: How can it reduce clinicians' administrative burdens?

June 11, 2019

CMS on Thursday issued a request for information seeking new recommendations on how the agency can continue to help reduce administrative burdens on providers and lower health care costs.

'Accelerated approval' can rush new cancer drugs to patients. But are they actually effective?

June 11, 2019

Cancer drugs that are granted accelerated approval by FDA often do not show clear outcomes benefits when more rigorous clinical trials are conducted, according to a study published last month.

More older patients are opting for complex surgeries. Here's how the American College of Surgeons plans to respond.

June 11, 2019

The American College of Surgeons is rolling out new standards for hospitals that aim to improve surgical outcomes for older patients who increasingly are undergoing complex surgeries that in the past might have been considered too dangerous for the patient population.

CMS to publish its 'secret' list of nursing facilities with record of substandard care

June 7, 2019

CMS on Wednesday announced it would publicly post and make monthly updates to a list of nursing home facilities that federal inspectors determined to have a "persistent record" of health, safety, and sanitary issues, two days after Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) shared the previously undisclosed information.

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