- Hospitals fined $650k for patient safety violations in California Source: Fierce Healthcare (Thursday September 8, 2011)
A dozen California hospitals are fined with a total of $650,000 for patient safety violations. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) yesterday announced that these hospitals failed to comply with requirements that would likely cause serious injury or death to their patients.
- Family: Errors at Children's Hospital Contributed to Boy's Death Source: KTLA (Friday September 2, 2011)
A California family is claiming that their loved one suffered medical errors at a children’s hospital that lead to his death.
- Survivor of hospital-acquired infection sounds a call for reform Source: San Jose Mercury News (Wednesday August 31, 2011)
Hospital infection survivor and “numerator,” Kerry O’Connell describes the emotional and physical impact of hospital infection on patients and calls for more empathy and honesty from our health care providers.
- Hospital-related infections drop under California initiative Source: Los Angeles Times (Tuesday August 23, 2011)
Scores of California hospitals, under pressure to reduce infections that kill an estimated 12,000 patients every year, say they have managed to cut costs and save lives through an initiative that has nurses and doctors redoubling efforts to prevent deadly germs from taking root.
- California medical board fails to discipline 710 troubled doctors Source: Los Angeles Times (Wednesday August 10, 2011)
Of the California doctors who escaped state discipline, 35% had more than one disciplinary action from another entity, according to the Public Citizen report.
- 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.