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Culture Change Key To Safety, Quality Improvements
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Medical checklists are proving to be popular items in hospitals to help promote patient safety and stop medical errors. But at many hospitals, the active ingredient to transform a simple checklist into an effective tool is often missing: an energized work culture that empowers everyone who takes care of patients to speak up.[Read More]
July 22, 2010
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Wait Times in Emergency Departments Surge
Patients last year averaged a record of four hours and seven minutes spent in the nation's emergency departments, a four minute increase over 2008 wait times, and a 31 minute increase since reports were made available in 2002, according to a new review from Press Ganey Associates. [Read More]

Health Plan Doctor Profiles Inaccurate, Physician Groups Say
Health plan systems that score physicians on how carefully they control costs misclassify or are "woefully inaccurate" up to 66% of the time. The systems don't provide the doctor or the patient with meaningful information, the American Medical Association and 46 state medical societies told 47 health plans. [Read More]

FDA Criticized for Unsafe Medical Device Approval Process
Eight serious loopholes and cracks in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval process allow potentially unsafe, ineffective yet high risk machines and materials to be approved for use on patients, according to an article by the advocacy group Public Citizen. [Read More]

New Rules: New Health Plans to Provide Free Preventive Care
Under new rules announced by the White House on Wednesday, new private health plans will be required to cover preventive services and eliminate most cost sharing requirements for such procedures as blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol tests, many cancer screenings, routine vaccinations, prenatal care, and regular wellness visits for infants and children. [Read More]
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