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How Mayo taught 7 medical centers its practice for getting patients home faster

October 17, 2019

After colorectal surgeons at Mayo Clinic successfully piloted a program to get patients home more quickly, the clinic expanded the practice to other Mayo surgical departments and eventually to seven independent medical centers throughout the country, David Larson, Mayo's chair of colon and rectal surgery, writes for Harvard Business Review.

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.

He finally quit cigarettes after smoking for 50+ years. But vaping might have killed him.

October 16, 2019

John Steffen had been smoking traditional cigarettes since the 1960s and turned to e-cigarettes about five years ago to help kick his habit, but he died this spring—and doctors believe e-cigarettes are to blame.

Was the Salt Lake City cop who arrested a nurse over a blood draw just a 'fall guy'?

October 16, 2019

When a video of a Salt Lake City police officer handcuffing a University of Utah Hospital nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient went viral, the department fired him for his conduct—but now, the officer is suing the department and the city, saying he was following his supervisor's orders when he arrested the nurse.

CDC gives vaping-linked illness a new name

October 15, 2019

CDC on Friday released new guidance for clinicians to use to evaluate and treat patients with a lung illness officials believe is linked to e-cigarette use and vaping—and gave the illness a new name.

Meet 'Milasen': The first-ever drug designed for just one patient

October 15, 2019

Eight-year-old Mila Makovec was diagnosed with a rare, usually fatal neurological disorder in 2016, but now—thanks to a drug that researchers developed specifically for her—many of Mila's symptoms have been halted or reversed, according to a report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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.

How Denver Health is finding homes for patients—without 'stranding' them in the hospital

October 15, 2019

Health systems across the country are testing ways to help patients who are healthy enough to leave the hospital but lack a safe place to go after discharge.

How nurses get paid, in 5 charts

October 14, 2019

Medscape on Wednesday released its annual RN/LPN Compensation report, and this year's report shows that 49% of registered nurses and 58% of licensed practical nurses do not feel fairly compensated.

If your DNA test reveals you're at risk of an untreatable condition, would you want to know?

October 14, 2019

As DNA sequencing becomes more common, providers face a dilemma over how much information they should reveal to their patients about their risks for untreatable conditions.

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