April 29, 2010 The Justice Department is scrutinizing the contracts between Massachusetts' biggest health insurers and the health system anchored by Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's hospitals.
The FDA says a new approach is needed to cut the risks from infusion pumps.
April 23, 2010 The agency will require design improvements, more thorough testing, and inspections of the infusion pump makers' facilities before the devices are allowed on the market.
April 16, 2010 The order from President Obama would make it harder for hospitals to ignore or contradict the choices patients have made about care at the end of life.
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April 16, 2010 An appointment for surgery may provide a valuable teachable moment for improving health. Taking steps to control blood pressure or stopping smoking can lower your risk of complications.
April 14, 2010 Infections people catch while hospitalized represent a major health threat, and the latest data from the government show the problem is growing bigger.
An injured firefighter is brought into the emergency room at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, Sept. 13, 2001.
April 7, 2010 The hospital succumbed after piling up $700 million in debt and substantial operating losses. It was unable to find a partner to help keep the facility open.
April 6, 2010 Hospitalizations due to accidental poisonings from narcotics, painkillers and sedatives increased by 37 percent between 1999 and 2006. The number of hospitalizations for heroin overdoses stayed flat during the same period.
March 25, 2010 Why would a nonprofit chain of six hospitals sell itself to Cerberus Capital, a decidedly for-profit investment house named for a mythical three-headed dog guarding Hades? Money.
March 19, 2010 Beginning next year, loads of federal stimulus money will flow to doctors and hospitals to help them buy systems for electronic medical records. Now there's an online calculator you can use to estimate how much your local hospital would be eligibl...
February 26, 2010 A new study concludes that California's biggest networks of doctors and hospitals caused insurers to pump up hospitals' fees twice as quickly as the national average in recent years. A consolidation wave beginning in the late 1990s gave doctors an...
February 19, 2010 When people are discharged from hospitals, they sometimes leave with souvenirs. Some of the items taken might surprise you.
February 8, 2010 A increase in Medicare payments for the diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer in doctors' offices was expected to save money by reducing hospitalizations. But a study of what happened at a New York hospital shows the approach backfired.
February 4, 2010 The top court in Illinois found that a law on the books since 2005 violates the state's constitution. The decision, though specific to Illinois, could deal a blow to malpractice overhaul elsewhere.
January 29, 2010 A new report by the Massachusetts Attorney General finds brand name, location and niche specialties have more to do with hospitals' prices than quality, disease burden, or results.
January 7, 2010 Keep it simple, Doc. That's the lesson of two studies published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, which offer simple ways to save lives, like bathing patients and swabbing their noses with antibiotic ointment.
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