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Open Letter to Hospital Compliance Officers: Questions to Ask as Standards Enter Pilot Phase

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Louis Provenzano

New and revised Joint Commission requirements for language and interpretation standards took effect this month on a year-long pilot basis for healthca...

Cancer Survivor Provides Child Care Program For Hospital Patients

AOL News | David Moye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When Amy Paterson was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, she not only had the fight of her life. She also found her calling. ...

Into the Health Reform Briar Patch?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Those who are suing to overturn the mandatory health insurance requirement apparently believe a success will be both a major embarrassment for the president. They may be very, very wrong.

The Naked Lady Who Stood On Her Head: A psychiatrist's stories of his most bizarre cases

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

This book's stories thoughtfully depict essential aspects of mental health treatment. Few people actually understand, and thus tend to mischaracterize or stigmatize, what goes on in a psychiatrist's office.

Women Speak Out About What's Gone Wrong with the United States Birthing System

Tabby Biddle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tabby Biddle

Here is the reality: Hospitals are businesses. They want those beds filled and emptied. And there is something else you should know: Having a baby in a hospital might not be as safe as you thought.

Hospitals Go Digital To Better Inform Patients

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO — Learning he had prostate cancer floored John Noble. Then came the prospect of surgery and his overpowering fear of being "put under" w...

Healing New York's Hospitals

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James R. Knickman

Our hospitals cannot change their size or priorities overnight and if they get more cash starved they will have an even more difficult time investing in reforms.

Putting the 'Care' Back in Health Care -- the UCLA Transformation

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Goulston, M.D.

When I firsthand experienced their caring and learned that UCLA Health System's mission is "seeking to heal humankind, one patient at a time" I needed to hear more.

Cholera Death Toll Rising In Haiti: Inside Port-Au-Prince's Tent Camps

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Jon LaPook

I fear this will become a major disaster. Haitians have no natural immunity to cholera. The incubation period of up to five days lets seemingly healthy but actually infected people travel and spread the disease. This could involve the entire country. I'm praying for a miracle.

Hospitals Must Overcome Language Barriers to Save Lives, Cut Costs

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

More than 60 million people - about one in five legal U.S. residents - speak a language other than English at home, and it's not all Spanish, with mor...

A Landmark Week for Health Reform -- But Let's Remember Health Care's Larger Purpose

Dora Calott Wang, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dora Calott Wang, M.D.

Medicine has always been grounded in humanitarian ideals, as reflected in codes of ethics. The humanitarian roots of American medicine are evident in our many hospitals named for saints.

Can AT&T Stay in Business? Communication Giant Can't Even Communicate Within Its Own Company

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Russnow

How can AT&T's leadership condone inefficient and ultimately uncaring processes within the same company that cause its customers such tumult?

They Tortured Me for My Health -- Don't Let It Happen to You

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lev Raphael

From Prague to D.C. the new rage in tourist attractions is torture museums. Is that thanks to the Bush administration? The closest I had ever come t...

Mental Illness Policy Forces Police to Shoot Mentally Ill James Jay Lee at Discovery Channel

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
DJ Jaffe

If you are mentally ill in Maryland, you are over 2 ½ times more likely to be arrested for it than treated for it.

Surviving The Hospital Discharge

Craig Garner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Craig Garner

For many people, the most significant moment of any hospital stay is when they are told they can leave. Carefully preparing for this departure is almost as important as the treatment they receive.

Decisions for the Babies of Kabul

Seema Jilani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Seema Jilani

Under the faces hardened by a life full of adversity, there is a keen realization amongst Afghans that life is provisional. For every 10,000 people, there are two -- count them, two -- physicians.

Saudi judge Seeks To Punish Man With PARALYSIS

AP | SALAH NASRAWI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO — A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals in the country whether they could damage a man's spinal cord as punishment after he was convic...

Are You a Tax-Exempt Charity? Sure About That?

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

Illinois has begun to cast lascivious glances at its nonprofits. Those property-tax exemptions look mighty comfortable.

Liver Transplant Tragedy Leads To Hospital Review

AOL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A Colorado hospital said it has suspended liver donations from people who are still alive following the death of a man who donated a chunk of his live...

Health Care Reform To Extend Life Of Medicare Hospital Insurance Fund By 12 Years


WASHINGTON — Medicare is in better shape because of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul and will stay afloat a dozen years lo...

FDA, Obama Digital Medical Records Team At Odds Over Safety Oversight

HuffPost Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Fred Schulte and Emma SchwartzHuffington Post Investigative FundComputers at a major Midwest hospital chain went awry on June 29, posting some doct...

Greedy About Life Itself: Solving Our Deficit and Reducing Our Suffering

John Selby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Selby

Must we remain passive victims of the medical-legal-religious establishment when it comes to the end of life, or do we have choice and power concerning the ultimate matter of how and when we die?

How to Reduce Hospital Health Care Costs

David Belson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Belson

Beyond politicians and economists, engineers also have some thoughts about reducing health care costs. Their ideas aren't incorporated into law and don't usually make headlines. But they have many advantages.

My Parents Weren't Just Being Nosy, They Were Protecting Their Investment

Yisrael Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Yisrael Campbell

Suddenly, our prayers were answered with the alacrity of Linda Blair in the Exorcist. She puked all over me. It was at that moment that I had an epiphany about my parents.

St. Vincent's Hospital (1849-2010)

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Locking the entrance to the emergency room: there could not have been a more potent image to the final day of St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City.