A proposed change in work rules would let first-year residents care for patients for up to 28 hours without getting a chance to sleep. Thomas Northcut/Getty Images hide caption

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Medical Interns Could Work Longer Without A Break Under New Rule

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After several prominent safety problems with medical devices in hospitals emerged, the Food and Drug Administration inspected 17 hospitals across the country in late 2015 to assess their compliance with reporting regulations. Congressional Quarterly/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images hide caption

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A new rule by an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services preserves the right of patients and families to sue nursing homes in court. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Lars Aanning, seen at his home outside Yankton, S.D., said he lied to protect a colleague in a malpractice case. Now, Aanning is a patient safety advocate. Jay Pickthorn/AP for ProPublica hide caption

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HHS Issues New Rules To Open Up Data From Clinical Trials

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The Clinical Center on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md., is an internationally renowned hospital where patients are also research subjects. NIH/Flickr hide caption

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In response to Medicare's penalty program, UCLA Health has focused on decreasing the use of catheters at its hospitals, including at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Wikipedia hide caption

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Is It Safe For Medical Residents To Work 30-Hour Shifts?

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A shuttle bus exits a secure gate at Napa State Hospital after a media tour in 2011. J.L. Sousa/ZUMAPRESS.com/Corbis hide caption

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5 Years After A Murder, Calif. Hospital Still Struggles With Violence

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Diagnosis by text or a phone call is often convenient and popular with patients. But is it good medicine? Apriori/iStockphoto hide caption

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Texas Puts Brakes On Telemedicine — And Teladoc Cries Foul

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What's A Patient To Do When Hospital Ratings Disagree?

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Advocates for patient safety have had to confront the reality that steps taken to improve the quality of health care can also present opportunities for corruption and conflict of interest. Pascal Fossier/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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