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Johns Hopkins Study-Medical Malpractice Claims Not Driving Up Healthcare Costs

In spite of the political rhetoric, a new Johns Hopkins study concludes that medical malpractice payouts are not responsible for the rise in healthcare costs. According to an article in the Insurance Journal, “In their review of malpractice payouts over $1 million, the researchers say those payments added up to roughly $1.4 billion a year, […]

NH Hospitals’ Charges for Medical Procedures Vary Widely

According to a report published this Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a government agency, the costs billed to Medicare and Medicaid by New Hampshire hospitals vary greatly. The reason for such cost discrepancies is not known although many experts believe a lack of transparency in hospital pricing and cost disclosure may […]

New Hampshire Hospitals and Adverse Event Reporting

New Hampshire hospitals have complied with the adverse event reporting required by a new law. In 2010 and 2011, 84 such adverse events were reported in the Granite State, with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center accounting for 20% of these events. 2012 figures are still being compiled. According to the Union Leader, “Dr. George T. Blike, […]

American Medical Association-Hospitals Are Profiting From Their Own Surgical Errors

The American Medical Association published an article and an editorial on new research that reveals that hospitals actually make a profit from their own surgical errors, because surgical errors often require extended hospital stays, possible further surgery, and more medical treatment, they are able to charge more for these services, even though they are a […]

Medical Errors in Perspective

Fourteen years ago, the Institute of Medicine published a groundbreaking study on medical errors, “To Err is Human”. The findings were startling and sobering. While there have been some improvements since this study was published, “never” events still occur approximately 80 times per week and one estimate of the financial cost of these never events […]

Diagnostic Errors in Primary Care Settings

A recent study of the types and origins of diagnostic errors in primary care settings was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors found that medical errors such as pneumonia, decompensated congestive heart failure, acute renal failure, cancer, and urinary tract infection or pyelonephritis were most common in primary care […]

Medication Errors Cut in Half Through Use of Computer Data Entry

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association reveals that medication errors were cut by 48% in 2008 through the use of computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system. According to Medscape, “The Institute of Medicine estimated in 2007 that the average hospital patient is subject to 1 medication error each day. Dr. […]

Survey Reveals Hospital Doctors Concerned with Increased Patient Loads

A recent survey conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and released by the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine reveals that hospital doctors are concerned with the number of patients they are required to see during a shift. Forty percent of those surveyed admitted that they saw an unsafe number of patients […]

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