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When It Comes to Liability and Patient Safety, What's Good for Hospitals Can Be Good for Patients

Michelle Mello | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Mello

Medical error prevention is a work in progress. We should be impatient with the pace of progress, as Doroshaw is, because it means that patients are daily suffering avoidable harm. But we should also seek to understand the reasons why the pace isn't faster.

"The Death of Bessie Smith" in a Brooklyn Hospital Speaks to Limited Health Care Access, Anywhere

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts
Dr. Elaine Schattner

In a hospital in Brooklyn, you might hear the voice of Bessie Smith. That's because the New Brooklyn Theater has set a rare production of Edward Albee's 1959 play, The Death of Bessie Smith, inside Interfaith Medical Center.

2014 Is the Year of Health

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Each year takes on a unique character, so will this be the year of midterm elections, the year of political revelations, the year of electric vehicles...

Why This High-Risk Mom Is Choosing A Home Birth

Amy West | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Amy West

Like all moms-to-be, a living, breathing, healthy baby is the end goal here. Perhaps not like all moms-to-be, I believe we can get that done in an inflatable tub in my bedroom.

The Day My Daughter Fell

Dustin Fisher | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Dustin Fisher

On a Wednesday in late May, I brought my 11-month-old Mabel back inside from a walk. I had just received my wife's text message that she was on the Metro and I was in a hurry to get the baby dinner before we left to pick her up. As I was holding the frozen fish under the faucet, I heard a loud crash.

Healthcare Doesn't End at the Hospital Door

Rebecca Onie | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Onie

I have yet to meet a medical professional who disagrees that living conditions, poverty or nutrition play a significant role in determining health. Yet if the point is so obvious, why do our healthcare systems largely ignore it?

Dr. Cary's Academy Award Nominations for Best Health Movie

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

You have not heard about these nominations, because the Academy really doesn't have a category of Best Health-Themed Movie of the Year. But as a physician, I know that what everyone sees on the big screen causes us to think about our personal lives and experiences and informs many of our conversations.

Why We Need to Recognize America's Frontline Health Care Workers

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions | Posted 03.22.2014 | Business
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Despite performing important jobs, frontline workers in health care -- ranging from phlebotomists to medical assistants, certified nursing assistants to housekeeping staff -- typically earn less than $40,000 each year and may not be getting the support they need to advance in their careers.

New Innovation in the AYA Cancer Movement: The Future Is Here

Emily Drake | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Drake

While attending the first annual Society of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) conference, one thing became abundantly clear: technology is going to greatly influence the future of the adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology movement.

It's Time to Increase Value and Connectivity for Patients

Gopal K. Chopra, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Gopal K. Chopra, M.D.

Health care isn't that different from other consumer industries except that we not only need our consumers to return to our establishment, but we also need to be increasingly more integrated into their lives and we are increasingly more responsible for their health outcomes.

Medical Price Gouging and Waste Are Skyrocketing

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Ralph Nader

14 hospitals in the United States are charging more than ten times their costs for treatment. Specifically, for every $100 one of these hospitals spends, the charge on the corresponding bill is nearly $1,200.

How A Simple Earache Landed Me In The Hospital

Al DeLuise | Posted 03.13.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I tend not to go to the doctor when something is wrong; I will muscle through the pain until it goes away. Do not mistake this for some strong-stoicism because I will complain every minute that the pain is there. It was this anti-stoicism that landed me in the hospital just a few days before my son Alexander's third birthday.

Innovating Health Care

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

This past week I was introduced to a new electronic medical record (EMR) that was implemented at the underserved clinic where I see the majority of my...

Lives in the Balance: The Hidden Erosion of Safe Hospital Care

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

Despite the hysteria on the right, some components of the ACA are clearly welcome, especially the Medicaid expansion in those states where the governors are not standing with pitchforks in the door to block health coverage for the working poor.

10 Steps You Should Take Now to Protect Your Health in 2014

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

You need to take charge of your medical care now more than ever. If you do this well, you will have confidence in the future. Letting things just happen around you may lead to bad decisions, serious undiagnosed illness, suffering, disability, and sometimes even death.

How Our Faith in Supermarkets, Nurses and Pharmacists Can Drive Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

The most significant health reform for people in the immediate term will happen at home, in our families and local communities.

Adding Life to the Days of Terminally Ill Children in India

Hila Mehr | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

The care is delivered to the patient and their family or support system, usually by a team of experts that include physicians, nurses, social workers, health aides, chaplains as well as support personnel."

How Do I Fail Thee? Let Me Count the Ways...

Kateri Allard | Posted 02.12.2014 | Health and Fitness
Kateri Allard

Failures of the medical field are incredibly complex, but like so many other things, fixing them is started with lessons learned in kindergarten. Stay safe. Wash your hands. Tell the truth. Say you're sorry. Use your words

How to Be a leader in Your Market... Wayne Gretzky Style

Mark A. Wallace | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Mark A. Wallace

The popular belief was that Texas Children's Hospital was preparing itself for a monumental waste of money and effort. But in the back of my head I remembered what Wayne Gretzky had said, "skate to where the puck is going to be", and I was doing just that.

Pay, But Negotiate

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

"Reverse cost shifting" is a perverse and often financially devastating byproduct of an overly complicated hospital payment system in which different payers have different levels of information.

8 Ways Outsourcing Can Help Hospitals and Patients

Tom Lowery | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Tom Lowery

The results of outsourcing include decreased patient frustration, a financially solid bottom line, predictable cash flow and increased net revenue without sacrificing precious time, money, and resources. That's a concept that hospitals and patients can certainly benefit from.

How Autism Highlights Health Care Challenges

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

When health care systems are designed with the aim of ensuring the most vulnerable patients receive timely, accessible, high quality care, the result is a better, safer health care experience for every single one of us.

The (Robot) Doctor Will See You Now

AP | By TERENCE CHEA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

CARMICHAEL, Calif. (AP) — The doctor isn't in, but he can still see you now. Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to "beam"...

I'm With Stupid: The Most Pathetic Phone Call You'll Ever Make

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

For some reason, I always got a kick out of the notion of someone dialing 911 for himself or herself. The very idea seemed entirely ludicrous -- at least, it seemed ludicrous until I wound up in the dire straits in which I found myself Monday night.

Israel's Medical Care Reaches All Minorities

Anav Silverman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Anav Silverman

The story of Emek Medical Center in Afula is little known within the international community but Emek Medical Center's Director of Development and Public Relations, Larry Rich, is on a mission to change that.