Healthcare News & Insights

State requires hospitals to adopt new sepsis protocols

As the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals and a major driver of medical costs, accounting for an estimated $17 billion annually, it’s surprising hospitals aren’t required to implement specific sepsis protocols. But that’s all about to change.

Patients who no longer need care costing hospitals millions

Patients in New York City hospitals who are well enough to be discharged are sticking around longer – like for months or years, according to one health official.

How much security do hospitals really need?

In the wake of a series of violent incidents, hospitals are rethinking just how much security is enough to keep patients and staff safe.

Emergency room shooting leaves nurse, guard injured

A shooting at a hospital emergency room waiting area left a nurse and security guard injured.

Man poses as pharma rep to steal drug samples

Bad: A pharmacy sales rep showing up in a busy office. Worse: A fake sales rep who smooth-talks his way in so he can steal all your drug sample inventory.

Patients with more experienced docs have worse outcomes

Patients whose doctors are the most experienced are 70% more likely to die while in the hospital — and 50% more likely to die in the 30 days after leaving.

10 hospitals now offer special addiction residencies

Growing interest in treating addiction as a medical issue, not a mental health issue, is behind the new program.

Newest dread disease: Blackberry neck

Over-reliance on your smartphone could leave you with an ugly mess.

Report: Patient abuse goes unreported, undisciplined

Employees who abused developmentally disabled patients in state-run group homes faced few consequences. In most cases they were simply transferred to other facilities.

Hospitals cough up millions to settle alleged nursing pay conspiracy

Albany Medical Center will shell out $4.5 million to settle accusations that it kept nurses’ pay artificially low in a “wage-fixing conspiracy.”