Healthcare News & Insights

Hospital readmissions become RARE with new initiative

Hospitals everywhere are looking to do anything within their power to cut down on preventable readmissions in patients. One state’s hospitals used a five-step plan to tackle this growing problem — with considerable success.

Adverse medical events: Are hospitals lowering their numbers?

It would appear that hospitals have more work to do when it comes to lowering the number of adverse medical events that occur. One state in particular isn’t very happy with its hospitals’ and surgery centers’ progress.

Hospital debt collector settles lawsuit for $2.5 million

Remember Accretive Health, the former collection agency for Fairview Health Service, in Minnesota, which was being investigated for aggressive billing and collection practices? Well, its case has finally come to a close.

States creating their own single-payer systems while feds fight out reform details

While the feds continue to figure out how to interpret the health care reform law they’ve already passed, some states are taking the matter into their own hands.

Top 10 U.S. health systems — is yours on the list?

Is your hospital part of the Top 10 health care systems in the U.S.? Read on to find out.

Doctor sues patient’s family — and everybody loses

A recipe for disaster: Patient’s son complains about a doctor’s bedside manner online. Doctor sues patient’s family for defamation. And nobody wins.

Nurse steals patient’s meds, tells him to ‘Man up’

People can have strange reactions when given Fentanyl — which is why nurses shouldn’t shoot up with the drug while assisting a surgery.

Nurse steals drugs right out of patient IV bags

A fake nursing student — but actual nurse — was discovered siphoning narcotics from patients’ IV bags.

Which states are best, worst for disciplining docs?

Public Citizen’s Health Research Group has released its annual report of which states do the best — and worst — job of disciplining doctors who practice bad medicine.

Nurses with knives? Dangerous staffers with clean records

You assume the new staffer who just passed a background check has a clean record. A recent investigation shows that’s just not the case.