The study showed slight overall improvements in all hospitals over a three-year period, but there were no significant differences in mortality rates, serious complications, re-operations or readmissions between hospitals that were involved in quality programs and those that were not.
When examining early (within seven days of discharge) and late (more than seven days after discharge) unplanned readmissions, the top three reasons for readmission were SSI, ileus or obstruction, and bleeding.
New research has found that simple distraction techniques, such as talking to a nurse, watching a DVD or using stress balls, can help patients to relax during varicose vein surgery and reduce their pain.
In response to the recent outbreak, the President says measles outbreaks are preventable. He says he understands that some families are concerned about vaccinations, but the science on them is "pretty indisputable."
The chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever. Yet abolishing the tax won't be easy, even though Republicans rank it a top priority and are backed by Democrats from states that rely on the industry for jobs.
Waiting times in hospital emergency departments could be cut with the introduction of Lean Management and Six Sigma techniques. Lean Management involves never-ending efforts to eliminate or reduce 'waste' while Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven method for eliminating defects.
For several reasons, gynecomastia surgery in bodybuilders calls for a different approach. In contrast to other groups of gynecomastia patients, who tend to be overweight or obese, bodybuilders usually don't need removal of excess fat or skin.
More than 80 percent of surgeons said they had ordered imaging tests solely for defensive reasons, while more than three-fourths reported ordering laboratory tests and making extra referrals for defensive purposes. Up to half said they ordered more medications and procedures out of fear of being sued.
The tough-love approach — which comes amid the nation's second-biggest measles outbreak in at least 15 years, with at least 98 cases reported since last month — raises questions about doctors' ethical responsibilities.
Currently, doctors have to throw away more than 80 percent of donated tissue used for joint replacements because the tissue does not survive long enough to be transplanted. Following a recent study, researchers have developed a new technology that more than doubles the life of the tissue.
In the facial area, excess skin causes cosmetic problems like a "droopy" face and "turkey" neck. The researchers note that patients are particularly displeased because they cannot camouflage this area with clothing.
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is aiming to reassure patients that they will not receive any additional bills for costs associated with surgery-related follow-up care that occurs within 30 days of the procedure.
Nationwide, 9.5 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in health insurance coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of those, more than 7.1 million were in states using the HealthCare.gov platform.
Three hospitals in western Pennsylvania had a 43 percent reduction in excessive emergency department visits by using patient navigators - trained members of the community who connect patients with essential care services – as part of a pilot study.
In addition to other findings, the survey indicated that 32 percent were seizure-free and 75 percent had favorable results. Compared to before surgery, patients were more likely to be driving and more likely to be taking antidepressant medication, but less likely to be working full time.