August 8, 2012 |
Buried in the road to cost reduction for the federal government, in Section 227 of the House Subcommittee on Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2013, is a plan to defund the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). If this bomb goes off undetected, the nation will lose its greatest source for funding research on health-care quality, effectiveness, and patient safety. AHRQ funds the studies and systematic reviews that objectively evaluate how well clinical procedures, quality approaches, and consumer satisfaction work.
March 7, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - A panel credited with reducing medical errors at Pennsylvania hospitals says its own health is endangered - by Gov. Corbett's plan to fold it into the state Department of Health. The board of the Patient Safety Authority adopted a resolution Tuesday saying such a move would destroy its autonomy. The privately funded authority, which collects and studies hospital data, has gained a national reputation for improving patient safety. "We felt strongly we should resist this movement," said the authority's acting chairman, Stanton Smullens, chief medical officer at Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia.
February 15, 2012 |
Medicare's first public effort to pinpoint hospitals with high complication rates has identified many prestigious teaching hospitals in Pennsylvania and around the nation, raising concerns at these places but also bolstering objections that the government's measures are skewed. Temple University Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania were among those places having far more serious complications than the average hospital, according to the Medicare program.
November 27, 2011
"It shows that there's a bigger problem at hand, and if they can't work to resolve these relatively small yet meaningful issues, what's going to happen if we get into a situation like Europe is in? And we're kind of headed there. " - Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist with Banyan Partners L.L.C., on the congressional supercommittee's failure to reach a deficit-cutting deal. "Markets are looking for clarity, and you didn't get that from the supercommittee. There's no reason to believe the economy is going to get stronger.
November 23, 2011 |
The attorney who collapsed during Monday's sentencing hearing for former Synthes Inc. executive Richard Bohner was released from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and was working Tuesday in his Washington office. Whether attorney Brent Gurney and his legal colleagues can persuade U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis, sitting in Philadelphia, to sentence Bohner, 56, of Malvern, to less prison time than his former Synthes colleagues will be settled at a yet-to-be rescheduled hearing.
May 11, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania House Republicans yesterday beat back a series of proposed changes to a bill that would tighten supervision of abortion clinics by holding them to the same regulations that apply to freestanding ambulatory surgical centers. "This shouldn't be about whether you are pro-life or pro-choice," said the prime sponsor, Rep. Matt Baker, R-Tioga. "This is about patient safety. " Supporters said drastic changes are warranted in the wake of a scandal involving the West Philadelphia abortion clinic run by Kermit Gosnell in which a grand jury reported filthy and unsafe conditions.
December 12, 2010 |
The nation is facing an unprecedented drug shortage. From cancer treatments to surgical sedatives to standard emergency-room remedies, the pharmaceutical supply cabinet is increasingly bare of the drugs of choice, according to doctors, advocacy groups, and the FDA. Industry consolidation, random and unpredictable manufacturing problems, and simple economics, they say, have conspired to narrow the pipeline that delivers needed drugs to the point...
December 1, 2010
TWO RECENT reports have determined that hospital stays can be hazardous to your health. Still. In 1999, a shocking report by the independent Institute of Medicine, which advises the government on health issues, found that medical mistakes were the cause of a million injuries and up to 98,000 deaths a year. The report was supposed to be a turning point in the patient safety movement. In the years since, medical institutions have touted new measures to reduce hospital-acquired infections and medication errors as well as to prevent so-called "never events," the mistakes that are never supposed to happen in a health-care setting but too often do. Yet a study of 10 hospitals in North Carolina - a state that ranks high in patient-safety policies - found that things aren't improving.
June 25, 2010 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Health Thursday issued its most complete report to date of hospital infections, finding that a disproportionate number of poor-performing facilities were in Philadelphia. Those with high infection rates included some of the city's most storied hospitals, such as Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Executives at both institutions said they had made progress since 2009, the year the report focused on. And experts cautioned against using the report to compare hospitals, because the methodology to track infections is evolving.
August 23, 2008 |
Gov. Corzine said yesterday that the former head of the troubled Ancora Psychiatric Hospital would not be allowed to lead a unit that investigates assaults in New Jersey's mental institutions. He said the appointment of LaTanya Wood-El to lead the Patient Safety Compliance Unit was misguided, "given the circumstances we saw at Ancora. " "That person will not be filling that job," the governor said. Wood-El was removed from her job at the Winslow hospital in December after a string of incidents including two high-profile escapes and several patient suicides and assaults.