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  • Patient Safety America Newsletter August 2012
    Source: Patient Safety America (Wednesday August 1, 2012)

    Newsletter by John James, Ph.D.: This month’s newsletter includes a book review of “The Last Collaboration,” an artistic chronicle of a mother trying to help her seriously ill daughter run the gauntlet of hospital care. Other articles address the patient’s unfortunately small role in identifying drug side effects, a new way to make wise choices in your care, a dangerous surgery that the FDA has warned against, over-diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, and heart risks from a commonly used antibiotic. In addition, I have discussed two cancers – ovarian cancer and melanoma. You need to know about these.

  • Patient Safety America Newsletter (June 2012)
    Source: Patient Safety America (Monday May 28, 2012)

    In this issue: Book review of The Take-Charge Patient–discussed risks associated with dual-chamber implanted defibrillators, and surveyed the promise of comparative effectiveness research. The latter holds hope that one day we will be able to make informed and cost effective decisions about medical care. Last article deals with how difficult it will be to control healthcare spending in the face of of monumental waste in healthcare costs.

  • Patient Safety America Newsletter (May 2012)
    Source: Patient Safety America (Monday April 30, 2012)

    Newsletter features a detailed discussion of screening procedures, potentially dangerous medical devices and health care costs.

  • Patient Safety America Newsletter (February 2012)
    Source: Patient Safety America (Wednesday February 1, 2012)

    Newsletter covers topics of over diagnosis and overtreatment, the underreporting of medical harm events, and allowing the voice of patients to be heard in reporting medical errors.

  • Patient Safety America Newsletter (December 2011)

    Monthly patient safety newsletter by John T. James, Ph.D. of Houston, TX.

  • Patient Safety America Newsletter (October 2011)

    Monthly patient safety newsletter by John T. James, Ph.D. of Houston, TX.

  • Parkland CMS survey

    Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas was under investigation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) after a CMS survey found “immediate and serious” threats to patient health and safety. Parkland made a correction action plan which is available at the link below.

  • Texas Medical Board Bulletin Spring 2010

    Includes formal complaints issued against licensed physicians, new physician licenses issued and summary of disciplinary actions taken on board licensed health care providers by the Texas Medical Board.

  • State report of enforcement actions against Texas hospitals July 2008--July 2009

    Texas Department of State Health Services

  • Texas hospital infection committee recommends statewide reporting system

    Texas hospital infection committee recommends statewide reporting system

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