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A New Year’s Resolution for Smart Patients

Resolve to Be a Smarter Patient With the first deadline for complying with Obamacare’s insurance requirements looming large, it may be hard for many Americans – especially patients in our broken healthcare system – to think about anything else. But the start of this new year may be a better opportunity than most to refocus […]

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Medication Errors: How to Protect Yourself

Medication Errors Cause Patient Injury Given the serious potential for medication errors and drug-induced disease, especially among older adults, it’s important to take precautions to minimize the probability of your medications compounding, rather than helping, your medical conditions and driving up your medical risks and costs. Here are a few suggestions for doing so. Know […]

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Are Hospital Boards Asleep at the Switch?

Hospital “Edifice Complex” Alive and Well A couple of recent stories in Healthcare Finance News drove home to me the message that many of America’s hospitals continue to be run with last century thinking. The first one’s entitled “20 Most Beautiful Hospitals Announced“. It illustrates the glaring disconnect between the biggest challenge facing America’s hospitals – […]

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Medical Errors Start With Misdiagnoses

Medical Errors of Diagnosis Harm More Than Treatment Mistakes Another report on medical errors in America’s healthcare system cautions that these early-stage medical errors account for more medical harm – both preventable deaths and disability – than treatment errors. In this study, Johns Hopkins researchers reviewed 25 years of medical errors – reflected in medical malpractice payouts […]

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