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  • GAO: Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hacking, Oversight Needed
    Source: iHealthBeat (Friday September 28, 2012)

    GAO report warns of dangers of medical devices that rely on software to operate such as pacemakers and insulin pumps could be vulnerable to hacking.

  • Could The Supreme Court’s Health Care Ruling Kill Patient Safety Reforms?
    Source: ProPublica (Friday June 15, 2012)

    ProPublica asks experts to weigh in on an often overlooked question on the Supreme Court’s health reform decision: What might happen to the many patient safety and quality of care provisions sprinkled through the Affordable Care Act?

  • Markey, Waxman, Schakowsky, DeLauro Introduce Legislation To Close Loophole In Flawed Medical Device Approval Process
    Source: Congressman Ed Markey (Wednesday February 1, 2012)

    To protect patients from defective devices, Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), introduced H.R. 3847, the Safety Of Untested and New Devices Act of 2012 (SOUND Devices Act). This bill closes a major loophole in the device approval process known as the 510(k) by ensuring that a new device is not cleared by the FDA if it is based on an earlier product that was pulled from the market for causing serious harm to patients.

  • Merkley Backs Bill to Make Medical Devices Safer
    Source: KTVZ (Thursday March 15, 2012)

    U.S. Senators introduce a bipartisan bill that would give the FDA more tools to improve oversight of medical devices. The bill has been endorsed by a number of organizations, including Consumers Union.

  • Safe To Be Sick
    Source: National Journal (Thursday January 19, 2012)

    Susan Manganello, patient safety advocate in CT, interviewed about the hospital infections that took her 22-year-old daughter’s life in 2005. Public reporting efforts led by consumer advocates have motivated hospitals to reduce their infection rates. Said the CDC’s Denise Cardo: “If it weren’t for Consumers Union pushing for legislation, public reporting, we would not be here now,” she said at a forum sponsored by National Journal and the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in October. “We have many states with public-reporting legislation. That’s the reason I can come and tell you what is going on in the nation.”

  • An MS Patient Loses Trust When She Finds Out Her Doctor Is Paid By Drug Companies

    As of 2013, a national physician payment database created under the Affordable Care Act will make such information available to all.

  • Consumer Group Wants Full Access to National Practitioner Data Base
    Source: HealthLeaders Media (Wednesday November 16, 2011)

    HealthLeaders Media reports on Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project call to open the National Practitioner Data Bank to the public.

  • Agency re-posts National Practitioner Data Bank file, but restrictions draw fire
    Source: Association of Health Care Journalists (Wednesday November 9, 2011)

    The Obama administration has reposted the Public Use Data File but with new restrictions that ProPublica journalist Charles Ornstein says are “unworkable and amount to a prior restraint.”

  • AHRQ Awards $34 Million To Expand Fight Against Healthcare-Associated Infections
    Source: AHRQ (Wednesday November 2, 2011)

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced today that it has awarded $34 million in fiscal year 2011 for grants and contracts to hospitals, academic medical institutions, and health care research organizations to expand the fight against healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

  • Editorial: Obama shouldn't be hiding records on doctor errors
    Source: Sacramento Bee (Tuesday October 18, 2011)

    The Obama administration should restore the Public Use File of the National Practitioner Data Bank for use by the public.

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