June 28, 2011 Of nearly 11,000 malpractice claims paid on behalf of doctors in 2009, some 43 percent were for errors in outpatient settings. Diagnostic errors were the most common problem leading to malpractice payments for outpatients.
All's well that ends well.
Courtesy of Archives of Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery
June 24, 2011 Late one afternoon last September, an EMT crew delivered a 9-year-old boy to the emergency room at Duke University Hospital. His tongue was stuck inside a metal drinking bottle. Really stuck.
June 24, 2011 The medical establishment was pretty slow accepting evidence-based practice guidelines that would standardize a starting place for care of many patients showing the same symptoms. Now, the departing president of the American Medical Association talks up research to improve decision-making.
June 23, 2011 In a 6-3 decision, the court lowered the boom on a Vermont law that requires doctors to agree ahead of time for data on prescriptions they write to be used for marketing by drugmakers. Another decision by the justices protects generic drugmakers from lawsuits.
Doctors who talk to a patient before surgery are less likely to operate on the wrong limb than those who first see the patient when he or she arrives in the operating room.
June 21, 2011 Hospitals and outpatient centers have mandatory rules for surgeons to help them avoid operating on the wrong patient — or part of the patient. But patient safety experts say these devastating mistakes continue unabated and a more comprehensive approach is needed.
In times like this, who can check which doctors are in the insurer's network?
June 21, 2011 Even if a hospital is in your health plan's network, some doctors who work there may not be. That discrepancy can lead to surprising out-of-network charges. But appealing those charges can often get health plans to reduce the bills.
Nearly $1.3 billion was paid in malpractice claims for outpatient events in 2009.
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June 15, 2011 High rates of malpractice in hospital settings have been well-known for more than a decade. But a new study says that malpractice claims from outpatient care accounted for more than half of all malpractice payouts in 2009, the last year studied.
June 13, 2011 The dean of the University of Alberta's school of medicine is in hot water after a delivering a moving speech to a banquet for graduating students. The dean's talk drew heavily, and without attribution, from one delivered a year earlier by Dr. Atul Gawande, a noted author.
Click on the map to explore geographic variations in Medicare payments per enrollee.
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June 1, 2011 A report from the Institute of Medicine says Medicare needs to make a "significant change" to the ways it evaluates salaries of health care workers and real estate costs. Major changes to these calculations would affect the bottom lines of thousands of practitioners and institutions.
June 1, 2011 Two men in British Columbia face criminal charges for an elaborate scheme that allegedly used a pinhole camera, wireless transmitter and a group of unwitting students to cheat on a standardized test for medical school admission.
May 25, 2011 A survey finds more than two-thirds of U.S. doctors see other physicians disrupting patient care or collegial relationships at least once a month.
Doctors: would you respond to an in-flight emergency without your instruments handy?
May 24, 2011 When an in-flight emergency occurs, the doctors on board — if there are any — are at a crossroads. An article in The New York Times addresses the problem: while other people want them to treat the ailing passenger, the situation may be outside of their specific fields.
May 24, 2011 Doctors who want to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of primary care developed simple lists of dos and don'ts for pediatricians, family doctors and internists. In many cases, less care is the best option.
In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
May 18, 2011 After someone suffers a brain injury, neurosurgeons often remove a piece of the skull to relieve pressure on the brain. Later, though, the hole needs to be patched. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had that procedure performed today.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders holds forth on health care at briefing outside the U.S. Capitol
May 11, 2011 Liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders and conservative Sen. Rand Paul used a hearing on emergency room use to engage in an unusual debate about whether health care is a right.
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