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‘Let the Crime Spree Begin’: How Fraud Flourishes in Medicare’s Drug Plan

ProPublica identified scores of doctors whose prescribing in Medicare’s drug program bore the hallmarks of fraud

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Consumer voices to be heard at national hospital infection meeting

Meet the eleven consumer advocates who will be attending a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)hospital infection meeting this week.

Categories: Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA
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Beware of Scary Superbugs in Your Hospital

It only takes three things for a hospital superbug to infect a patient. Should you be concerned?

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A Shot In The Dark: Not Enough California Healthcare Workers are Getting Flu Shots

It’s the start of flu season and you might be worried about the spread of germs. We’re worried too. Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project released a report today that found nearly half of all hospital workers in California didn’t get flu shots during the 2008-2009 flu season.

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MRSA Study Indicates Good News But Far Too Many Patients Suffering

Last week’s good news of a decline in serious MRSA health care-acquired infections, is a victory for patient safety, but we still have a long way to go to eliminate this very preventable crisis.

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Victory for patients! Public reporting of certain infections will go nationwide

Soon it will be easier for you to find out how well your hospital prevents certain infections. As part of the new health care reform law, the Department of Health and Human Services will require hospitals to publicly disclose several types of dangerous hospital infections.

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A Lifesaving Safety Program Your Hospital Should Follow

An innovative “checklist” to reduce central line bloodstream infections in intensive care units has had incredible success in hospitals where it’s been adopted.

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Septicemia Statistics and the Need for Death Certificate Reform

Guest blog by Lori Nerbonne of NH Patient Voices–Death certificates are the primary source of important vital statistics in our country – yet too many certificates fail to tell the whole story.

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California Moving Too Slow On Patient Safety Progress

Since 2006, California lawmakers have passed laws to improve patient safety, yet the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been moving at turtle speed to enforce these laws.

Categories: Doctor Accountability, Hospital Acquired Infections, Medical Errors, MRSA
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California Pharmacy Board Should Support Safer Medication Labels

Guest blog post written by Syed Sayeed, Policy Analyst at Consumers Union’s West Coast Office. CU is calling on California residents to submit comments to the Pharmacy Board by March 10th, in support of requiring all pharmacies to print important label information in at least a 12-point font size.

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