June 3, 2010 Patients say they need the best, most costly care, despite evidence that it doesn't always work best.
Dr. Elliott Fisher defends the Dartmouth Atlas' methods and findings.
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June 3, 2010 The New York Times raises questions about the analytical methods of the Dartmouth Atlas, a bible of health policy. And the researchers defend their approach and findings.
June 2, 2010 When hospitals send heart failure patients home too quickly, the odds for readmission increase.
May 25, 2010 When computers tell doctors that scans may not help diagnose patients much, the orders for the tests are often dropped.
The wide open spaces of Provo, Utah, contain some of the highest rates of shoulder surgery in the U.S.
May 19, 2010 There has been a worrisome rise in expensive medical procedures in places that had been leaders in cost-effective health care.
May 17, 2010 Whistleblowers helped the federal government get more than $9.4 million back from hospitals that allegedly billed Medicare too much for back treatments.
May 13, 2010 As Consumer Group Slams Health Plans' Profits, Insurers Point Finger Elsewhere
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.
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