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  • Looking For D.C.'s Best Hospitals? Here’s A Little Advice
    Source: Kaiser Health News (Friday October 11, 2013)

    Confused by all the different hospital ratings out there? Here’s some information you may want to consider before you put meaning to a hospital rating. Some of the raters charge licensing fees to hospitals that want to advertise their awards, and some raters provide consulting services to hospitals.

  • Doctor, Did You Check Your Checklist?
    Source: Kaiser Health News (Monday January 30, 2012)

    Article on medical harm in the DC area. The District of Columbia reports on injuries occurring in the city’s hospitals, for example, but doesn’t say at which hospital the problems occurred. The public has a right to information about medical harm that is hospital-specific. Article includes tips by Consumer Reports and Dr. Peter Pronovost on how to stay safe in the hospital.

  • Many hospitals overuse double CT scans, data show
    Source: Washington Post (Saturday June 18, 2011)

    Hundreds of hospitals are routinely performing a type of chest scan that experts say should be used rarely, subjecting patients to double doses of radiation and driving up health-care costs.

  • MRSA infections (video)
    Source: (Friday November 19, 2010)

    Activist Michael Bennett sharing his story in the wake of the Office of Inspector General report on medical errors.

  • Hospitals Tally Their Avoidable Mistakes
    Source: The Washington Post (Tuesday July 21, 2009)

    Under laws that took effect last year in Virginia and a few years earlier in the District and Maryland, hospitals must report to health regulators many serious injuries that patients suffer in the course of treatment.

  • US Hospital Errors Continue to Rise
    Source: Washington Post (Monday April 2, 2007)

    HealthGrades shows rise in post-operative sepsis