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A doctor's near-fatal mistake—and her 'life-changing' apology

October 22, 2019


Many health care providers are hesitant to apologize to patients after medical errors, but Kate McLean, an obstetrician-gynecologist, writes in the HuffPost's "HuffPostPersonal" that apologizing to a patient after she made a nearly fatal mistake during surgery "allowed [her] to connect in a way that actually made [her] better at [her] job."

J&J reaches $116.9M settlement in multistate case over vaginal mesh implants

October 21, 2019


South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson last week announced Johnson & Johnson and its medical device unit, Ethicon, have agreed to pay nearly $116.9 million to settle a multistate lawsuit alleging the companies deceptively marketed vaginal mesh implants.

Why Amazon is steering its employees to LA for cancer care

October 16, 2019


To reduce health spending, Amazon is now paying for employees with cancer to travel to Los Angeles to see leading specialists at City of Hope health system.

Should hospitals help a patient regain mobility—or protect them from falls? Sometimes, it's a tough choice.

October 15, 2019


Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans, but hospitals seeking to prevent falls are facing a conundrum over whether patients should remain bedbound to avoid dangers or move to regain their mobility.

New FDA guidance outlines how drugmakers can co-develop cancer drugs with a diagnostic device

October 14, 2019


FDA on Wednesday took another step toward advancing so-called "precision medicine" by finalizing guidance detailing how drugmakers developing cancer drugs can incorporate risk assessments from unapproved diagnostic tests into their clinical trial applications.

The top 10 (preventable) patient-safety concerns for 2020

October 11, 2019


ECRI Institute has released its annual list of the 10 biggest patient-safety concerns in 2020, with misuse of surgical staplers ranking No. 1.

A new study examined vitamin C to fight sepsis. The results are… complicated.

October 11, 2019


Providers in recent years have turned to vitamin C to treat sepsis based on limited evidence, and a study recently published in JAMA that sought to demonstrate whether the treatment is effective has left providers with no clear answers.

How HHS wants to update anti-kickback rules to support value-based care

October 10, 2019


HHS on Wednesday issued long-anticipated proposed rules to update anti-kickback and physician-referral regulations so they do not interfere with physicians' ability to participate in value-based payment arrangements.

These 7 Rx drug price hikes cost US more than $5B. Were they justified?

October 10, 2019


A new Institute for Clinical and Economic Review report found drugmakers between 2017 and 2018 increased the prices of seven drugs without clinical evidence to justify the increases, costing patients and insurers more than $5 billion—but drugmakers are questioning the report's accuracy.

Jury orders J&J to pay patient $8B over antipsychotic Risperdal

October 10, 2019


A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday ordered New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $8 billion in punitive damages to a Maryland man who claimed J&J failed to properly warn patients and providers that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could spur breast growth in boys.

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