Mar 8, 2014 — After an ambulance brings a confused 73-year-old man to the emergency room, a doctor has to piece together his medical condition from a few tests and his unreliable answers to her questions.
Feb 14, 2014 — The former head of a prestigious Boston hospital found it unsettling when the surgical staff of an Illinois academic medical center endorsed a medical device in a national newspaper advertisement. After he started asking questions, the hospital asked that the ad, paid for by the device maker, be suspended.
Jan 28, 2014 — After collapsing on her kitchen floor, Munoz was hospitalized and kept on life support despite her wishes. A Texas law protects a hospital from liability as long it keeps a pregnant patient on life support.
Jan 27, 2014 — Alarms are good and necessary things in hospital care — except when there are so many that caregivers miss signals of a patient in crisis. Trying to conquer "alarm fatigue," one hospital turned off the beeps — and found that patient care actually improved.
Jan 26, 2014 — Marlise Munoz, who was 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered a pulmonary embolism, was the subject of a weeks-long court battle.
Jan 24, 2014 — Some people might find it easier to write down the care they want and the kind they prefer not to have in living wills. Others might prefer to talk more generally with their relatives about issues like life support.
Jan 10, 2014 — Hospitals in Maryland would be financially rewarded for keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. The arrangement, once unimaginable, could serve as a model for containing hospital costs elsewhere in the country.
Dec 17, 2013 — Among the thousands of hospitals in the U.S., Medicare has identified 95 where elderly patients were most likely to suffer significant setbacks and another 97 hospitals where patients tended to have the smoothest recoveries.
Nov 21, 2013 — Families seeking mental health care for a suicidal relative often face a labyrinth. First, they must obtain a legal commitment order, then they must find space on a hospital ward. State budget cuts have made it harder to get care during a mental health crisis.
Nov 15, 2013 — Medicare has tied incentive payments and penalties to two-dozen quality measurements, including surveys of patient satisfaction and death rates. More than 1,200 hospitals are receiving bonuses. But more hospitals are being paid less for each Medicare patient they treat for the year that began Oct. 1.