- California Is Delinquent in Disciplining Dangerous Doctors Source: Public Citizen (Tuesday August 9, 2011)
Public Citizen report: 710 Doctors Escaped Medical Board Action, Including 102 Considered an ‘Immediate Threat to Health and Safety’
- Some Calif. Hospitals Could Lose Medicare Funds Under CMS Rule Source: California Healthline (Thursday August 4, 2011)
“Some California hospitals are at risk of having Medicare payments lowered under a CMS final rule that will slash reimbursements to facilities identified as having high 30-day readmission rates for patients with certain conditions, California Watch reports (Jewett, California Watch, 8/3).”
- Statewide Program Aims To Improve Diagnosis, Treatment of Sepsis Source: California Healthline (Tuesday August 2, 2011)
“Physicians, nurses and caregivers in California have begun receiving training on treating the blood infection sepsis as part of a three-year, $6 million statewide program to improve patient safety and cut health care costs, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.”
- UCSF Study Backs Idea That Medical Errors Go Up in July Source: California Healthline (Thursday July 14, 2011)
A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine supports the common perception that medical errors and inefficiencies peak in July, when veteran residents check out of teaching hospitals and new medical school graduates check in.
- Antibiotics helping breed deadly stomach bacteria in San Francisco hospitals Source: San Francisco Examiner (Friday July 8, 2011)
C.diff infections are a major and messy problem in CA hospitals and nationwide.
- Two San Francisco Hospitals Report Cases of C. Difficile Source: California Healthline (Wednesday July 13, 2011)
Two San Francisco hospitals recently reported outbreaks of C.diff, a drug-resistant bacterial infection that typically affects patients receiving antibiotics.
- Sutter gains $6 million and apology from union Source: Sacramento Bee (Wednesday July 6, 2011)
A six-year legal battle was settled Tuesday that revolved around a union’s allegations that Sutter used soiled linens in maternity wards.
- California Hospitals Sue Over Reporting Infections Source: CBS San Francisco (Monday June 20, 2011)
Features CU story sharers Bob and Val Flood.
- New Hospital Infection Reporting Rules Source: KQED Radio (Thursday June 23, 2011)
A San Francisco judge has ruled that California hospitals must expand their reporting of surgical infection rates to state regulators. The California Hospital Association tried to block the new reporting rules, which would require hospitals to track infection rates related to more than two dozen kinds of surgeries.
- Judge upholds rules on hospital infection reports Source: San Francisco Chronicle (Thursday June 23, 2011)
California hospitals lost their bid to avoid reporting their infection rates to the public. A California judge upheld a 2008 state law – one of the strongest in the nation – that calls on hospitals to report infections occurring from a broad array of surgeries.