The Joint Commission (a private membership and hospital accreditation body) has released its 2009 Annual Report on Quality and Safety providing a summary of rates for performance measures for a number of evidence-based treatments for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care between 2002 and 2008.
If your hospital had a blog, would you read it? More importantly, would you expect to see information that every patient deserves – such as hospital infection rates or harmful medical errors happening there?
You’ve heard of UFOs but have you heard of RFOs? 194 Pennsylvanians could tell you about their RFO encounter last year – that’s how many cases of “retained foreign objects” were reported to that state’s Patient Safety Authority in 2008.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last Thursday that it has added readmission rates for more than 4,000 hospitals across the U.S to its Hospital Compare website. With proper care, most people should not have to go back to the hospital shortly after release. This is a key indicator of quality and varies a lot between hospitals.
Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, tells hospitals to take “basic steps to fight infections” that harm millions of patients every year and add billions to our nation’s health care costs.
Survey about whether drug companies should hand out off-label drug studies to doctors.
It’s time for action. With strong legislation sitting in committee, the House has a chance now to take a hard line against the drug industry.
The vote on FDA reform bill S.1082 may not happen until Thursday…depends on how much time it takes members to get through all the amendments and weave through a flood of drug company lobbyists.
This weekend, drug maker Pfizer learned that it would have to stop its clinical study of heart disease drug, Torcetrapib as the drug was shown to cause an increase in death and heart injury.