Three newspapers recently published articles related to clinics and accessibility. Summaries appear below.
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Thirty-three of 61 hospitals in Massachusetts have voluntarily adopted policies that waive fees for 28 "never events," such as wrong-site surgery and harmful medication errors, and other hospitals said they intend to do so in the future, according to a recent survey by The Leapfrog Group, the Boston Globe reports. According to the Globe, the fee waivers come "amid growing resistance from government and health insurers to paying for poor outcomes."
Our desire for new technology grows every year but new innovations can also lead to concerns about possible health effects. In the 1970s microwave ovens were linked to health concerns, in the 1980s the debate turned to VDUs, then in the 1990s concern was voiced about mobile phones and their base stations. The debate is currently focused on concerns about exposure to radio signals from wireless computer networking (WiFi).
Games based learning may provide an innovative approach to the control of health care associated infections in hospitals. Learning consultants at VEGA, are working with two NHS Trusts, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, and North West Ambulance Service Trust, using video games, also known as game-based learning, to encourage improved infection control awareness and adherence to procedures.
Summa Health System's Diversity Advisory Council over the last year has conducted focus groups of health care staff to determine how the health care system addresses the cultural, language and spiritual needs of its diverse patient population, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. According to the Beacon Journal, more than 90% of doctors and nurses contend that they have the necessary skills and training to effectively communicate with patients from different cultures and those unfamiliar with medical information. However, patients say they want doctors who can communicate clearly.
Several newspapers reported on recent medical malpractice developments in several states.
Several hospitals around the nation are installing self-service computers in their emergency departments to facilitate patient check-in.
B. Braun Medical announced a voluntary nationwide recall of Normal Saline Flush syringes with lot numbers ending in 'SFR' due to an increase in customer complaints for particulate matter in the saline.
Painkiller drug Fentora's causing several patient deaths causes Cephalon to address the doctors with a letter pointing to correct prescription.
The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday by voice vote approved a bill (S 1200) that would revise and reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act through 2017 at a cost of $16 billion over five years and $35 billion over 10 years, CQ Today reports.
New ergonomics guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) could help employers and their employees in the shipyard industry prevent musculoskeletal injuries.
New software program allows physicians who are seeking consultative opinions regarding medical images to access and share critical and protected images through common e-mail systems.
Rochester Medical Corporation published results from a significant clinical study which further demonstrates the effectiveness of the Company's proprietary Infection Control Technology.
Survival rates for U.S. hospital inpatients have improved since 1998, despite predictions that rates would worsen due to the increased severity of the illnesses being treated.
Comparing Health Care Access Among Adults In Communities With High, Low Proportions Of Uninsured Adults
Economists compared differences in health care access, use and quality among 9,552 insured adults in 10 communities with the highest and 10 with the lowest proportions of uninsured adults.
CMS is taking steps to crack down on arrangements where physicians refer patients to businesses in which they have a financial stake, a practice known as self-referral.
Several newspapers recently published articles about medical tourism and access to health care abroad.
Washington Post examined the increased number of hospitalists, or physicians who work in hospitals and do not have outside practices.
The study examined why immigrants have an increased risk for having poor health outcomes and receiving inadequate health services.
Blacks and Asian-Americans are less likely than whites to take advantage of mental health or prescription drug benefits.
MedPredict Market Research has published a new report providing critical strategic insight for pharma and biotech companies with a stake in the market for hematology therapies.
Human thrombin is as effective as bovine thrombin in achieving hemostasis in patients at three-, six- and 10-minute intervals.
"Limited-service clinics" in Massachusetts can "help meet an important need: Expanding the capacity for delivering quality, affordable and accessible care for acute, common family ailments," Michael Howe, CEO of MinuteClinic, writes in a Boston Globe opinion piece. State public health officials are developing "a regulatory context" for such clinics, "at which nurse practitioners treat common ailments seven days a week, at a much lower cost and shorter waiting times than emergency rooms," according to Howe.
Accuray's Monte Carlo Dose Calculation algorithm for body radiosurgery has received 510(k) clearance from FDA and is now commercially available worldwide.
U.S. health care system has worked well for decades, but now it's coming apart at the seams.
Tendon, the cord-like tissue that connects muscle to bone, contains a small subset of previously unknown adult stem cells.
A nationwide survey of the religious beliefs and practices of American physicians has found that the least religious of all medical specialties is psychiatry. Among psychiatrists who have a religion, more than twice as many are Jewish and far fewer are Protestant or Catholic, the two most common religions among physicians overall.
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