Dr. James Wang says he tries to tell his patients when extra medical procedures aren't necessary. If they insist, though, he will do it—not so much to protect their health as his own practice. After being sued for allegedly failing to diagnose a case of appendicitis, Wang says he turned to what's known as "defensive medicine," ordering extra tests, scans, consultations and even hospitalization to protect against malpractice suits, a recent Associated Press article reports.
An annual study of patient outcomes at each of the nation's 5,000 non-federal hospitals found a wide gap in quality between the nation's best hospitals and the rest. According to the study, issued by the independent healthcare ratings organization HealthGrades, patients at their highly-rated hospitals have a 52 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.
Overall hospital prices increased 0.2 percent in September, and were 3.0 percent higher than a year previous, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This relates to actual or expected reimbursement for a sample of treatments or services. The increased prices are attributed to a number of factors: Natural price increases relevant to any marketplace.
PRNewswire The first human robot-assisted endoscopic aortic valve replacement using the daVinci® Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical to implant the ATS 3f® Aortic Bioprosthesis was recently performed by Allen Raczkowski, M.D., at Banner Baywood Health Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. “The ATS 3f Aortic Bioprosthesis is the only valve that has the flexibility necessary for small access robotic ports, and it provides hemodynamic characteristics which are important for the patient's quality of life,” said Dr.
In the case of some specialties, starting salaries for doctors who join physician-owned medical group practices are catching up to those offered by hospital and integrated delivery system-owned (IDS) practices, according to a recent survey from the Medical Group Management Association. The “Physician Placement Starting Salary Survey: 2007 Report Based on 2006 Data,” conducted in collaboration with the National Association of Physician Recruiters, found that physician-owned practices offered comparable salaries to hospital/IDS salaries for family practice without obstetrics ($130,000 vs.
Recent studies suggest that patients with early stage, non-small cell lung cancer who are not able to undergo surgery now have another option. Physicians say that option, radical stereotactic radiosurgery performed with CyberKnife, leads to a 100 percent overall survival after three years in patients with good lung function before the treatment.
The new Merck & Co. becomes the world's second-biggest drugmaker overnight, and it's boasting a fat wallet to fund future deals. That's after the maker of vaccines and cholesterol and diabetes drugs bought Schering-Plough Corp. for $41.1 billion yesterday, leapfrogging from number eight to number two in the industry by revenue.
Michelle R. Smith, AP Rhode Island's largest hospital was fined $150,000 and ordered to take the extraordinary step of installing video cameras in all its operating rooms after it had its fifth wrong-site surgery since 2007, state health officials said Monday. Rhode Island Hospital, the teaching hospital for Brown University's Alpert Medical School, was fined a second time for wrong-site surgeries.
Sophia Tareen, AP Serious safety issues continued to plague a southern Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital even after major surgeries were suspended two years ago because of a spike in patient deaths. Surgeons at the medical center performed procedures without proper authorization, patient deaths were not assessed adequately and miscommunication between staff members persisted, the Veterans Affairs Department's inspector general said in the report, which covers the fiscal year that recently ended.
Screaming matches in front of bewildered patients. Angry surgeons hurling instruments across the operating room. Treachery and backstabbing as physicians and nurses try to undermine one another. It may sound like a script from a television medical drama, but these kinds of scenarios are occurring frequently in hospitals across the country, according to a new survey conducted by the American College of Physician Executives.
AP - Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will trim layers of management, cut jobs, and set other restructuring moves in motion to save up to $900 million next year. The company said the job cuts will affect six to seven percent of its global work force of roughly 118,700 workers, prompting a restructuring charge of up to $1.
High-risk patients who are not taking beta-blockers should have an escalated beta-blocker therapy started before scheduled cardiovascular surgery, state recently updated guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. Standard practices had called for initiating beta-blocker therapy on the day of the procedure, or to pump up the dose right before it in order to minimize cardiovascular surgery risks.
Future doctors and nurses are learning about acupuncture and herbs along with anatomy and physiology at a growing number of medical schools. It's another example of how alternative medicine has become mainstream. And it's often done with Uncle Sam's help, a recent article published by the Associated Press reports.
Text attributed to Richard Johnson, Outdoor Life Abnormally wet fall weather in many parts of the U.S. has resulted in an unanticipated increase in snake bites. Venomous snakebites are sometimes erroneously viewed as not all that serious, because most victims survive. Rarely reported is the physical devastation that some survivors endure after envenomation.
According to a new study presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), high-risk melanoma patients who are treated with radiation after surgery have a significantly lower risk of their cancer returning to the lymph nodes (19 percent), as those who do not (31 percent).