Today Consumers Union, the policy in action arm of Consumer Reports, is launching “The Low-Down Dozen,” a social media project to call attention to twelve hospitals that earned low scores for avoiding five infections in our latest ratings.
Guest post by Rex Johnson and Yanling Yu, Founders of Washington Advocates for Patient Safety. On August 15, WAPS organized a booth at the Woodinville Festival and Street Fair in Seattle to raise awareness about medical harm. It was a big success!
Medical Board of California: Every Patient Must Know if Their Doctor is on Probation to Make an Informed Decision
Suzan Shinazy, retired RN and Patient Safety Advocate with Consumers Union’s California Safe Patient Project explains how many consumers cannot access medical board information online, and why the California medical board should require doctors to provide their probation status to patients at the place of business.
A bill in Congress has several key provisions that would significantly weaken consumer protections and lead to patients being exposed to potentially unsafe or ineffective drugs and medical devices. Tell your Senators you support safe, effective, and affordable cures.
Guest post by Rae Greulich, member of Consumers Union’s California Safe Patient Network “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” –Albert Einstein In an attempt to drive home the responsibility of first line health care workers to care meticulously for hospital inpatients, a California physician asked his staff Continue Reading
Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, was recognized in Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list. We couldn’t be more proud.
One third of Americans in a recent Consumer Reports poll are facing higher prices for their medications. Our advice can help you avoid sticker shock.
Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project Director, Lisa McGiffert, presented over 5,100 Californians’ signatures to the Medical Board of California.
Mary Brennan-Taylor, an activist with the Safe Patient Project since the tragic death of her mother in 2009, has just had an article published by JAMA Internal Medicine, wherein she details in a powerful narrative the sequence of events that took her mother’s life.
The first report of its kind, Consumer Reports has utilized CDC data on C-diff and MRSA infections to develop Ratings for more than 3,000 hospitals across the country.