health care quality
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.
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 13, 2013 — The high prices we pay for drugs, doctors and administration are driving most of the increase in health spending. Industry consolidation and technology may help trim costs and make care safer. But a move in that direction will likely make medical care even more impersonal than it is today.
Nov 10, 2013 — Unlike airlines, hospitals don't offer perks or first class upgrades to people who frequently visit the emergency room. In fact, patients like these often get worse customer service, like the apocryphal boy who cried, "Wolf!"
Sep 20, 2013 — The number of people who die each year because of medical errors in hospitals may be twice as high as previously estimated. An analysis suggests that 210,000 or more people may suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.
Sep 11, 2013 — Wondering if those glucosamine supplements will help your aching knee? Wonder no more. The nation's orthopedists list five treatments that don't do any good, and might do harm. It's part of an effort by medical societies to push for evidence-based treatments.
Aug 27, 2013 — There's no evidence of benefit for many of the procedures surgeons subject patients to. A few hospitals are getting rid of time-honored practices, like fasting before an operation, because studies have found that patients come out stronger and happier without them. But traditions are hard to change.
Apr 16, 2013 — Hospitals can make more money when surgery leads to complication that need to be fixed. Critics say the current payment system rewards hospitals for bad care and fails to provide incentives that would benefit patients.
Apr 3, 2013 — Residents of an apartment building in Camden, N.J., racked up more than $1 million a year in hospital admissions and trips to the ER over about a decade. In response, a community group opened a doctor's office on the ground floor. But at first, residents weren't as eager to go as doctors had hoped.
Feb 21, 2013 — Pressure on doctors and hospitals to reduce the rate of early elective deliveries appears to be working. A detailed look at hospitals across the country finds births before 39 weeks are on the decline.