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O'Donnell J. USA Today. August 6, 2014.
This newspaper article reports on changes to publicly reported data on the Hospital Compare Web site. Several avoidable hospital-acquired conditions, such as air embolism or retained foreign objects, are no longer included. Working with the National Quality Forum, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to modify the list to make it easier for consumers to use and understand.
Suares W. FOX 25 KOKH-TV. July 30, 2014.
This video news segment reports how incorrect medications can be dispensed from pharmacies, notes a lack of regulation mandating that pharmacy errors are reported, and offers tips for patients to reduce risks.
Cohn M. Baltimore Sun. July 26, 2014.
This news article reports weaknesses in a Maryland reporting program, including poor understanding about which errors should be reported and lack of regulations regarding disclosure. Limited public access to comprehensive incident reports and insufficient performance measurement hinder consumers' ability to select hospitals based on safety.
Stolberg SG. New York Times. July 25, 2014.
Rowland C. Boston Globe. July 20, 2014.
Government incentives have led to rapid development and adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). This newspaper article examines some of the unintended consequences of implementing electronic systems that have not been fully optimized for use in the health care environment, such as serious adverse events and medication errors. Moreover, failure to mandate reporting of EHR-related errors hinders developing strategies to improve them. Although clinicians want to avoid returning to paper records, they find current electronic systems inadequate, difficult to use, and nonintuitive.
Kremer W. BBC News Magazine. July 6, 2014.
This magazine article reports how weaknesses in physician understanding of statistics can lead to poorly informed discussions with patients about risks and treatment options. Using actual numbers instead of percentages may help prevent confusion.
LaFraniere S, Lehren AW. New York Times. June 28, 2014.
Lichtblau E. New York Times. June 15, 2014.
This newspaper article reports how a "culture of silence" at Veterans Affairs hospitals discouraged staff from speaking up about safety and quality concerns related to the use of inaccurate wait time data.
Boodman SG, Kaiser Health News. Washington Post. May 19, 2014.
Khullar D. New York Times. May 15, 2014.
Chen PW. New York Times. April 24, 2014.
Examining whether medical school graduates are equipped to provide direct patient care in the beginning of their internships, this newspaper article reports how educators have collaborated to identify and integrate competencies, such as assertiveness and time management, to augment the safety of this transition.
Catalanello R. The Times-Picayune. April 15, 2014.
Rabin RC, Kaiser Health News. Washington Post. March 31, 2014.
This newspaper article reports on factors contributing to physician burnout and describes obstacles to resolving it. Burnout in the primary care setting was often related to business aspects such as insurance payments, managing staff, and increased oversight. Physician happiness was found to be tied to patient satisfaction, and electronic medical record use was perceived to impede meaningful interaction.
Is your hospital really as safe as you think? Our updated hospital safety score can help you find out.
Consumer Reports. March 27, 2014.
Despite lack of consensus on the value of comparative hospital safety scores, they continue to generate interest and discussion around safety improvement efforts. This news article reports one analysis of patient safety in United States hospitals using five federal measures of safety: mortality, readmission, computed tomography scanning, hospital-acquired infections, and communication regarding medications and discharge planning.
Allen M, Pierce O. ProPublica. January 6, 2014.
Gubar S. New York Times. January 2, 2014.
Patients and physicians can both miss warning signs of cancer. This newspaper article reports on diagnostic errors involving cancer—including common causes and patients' experiences—and emphasizes the serious consequences of misdiagnosing this condition.
Rosenberg T. New York Times. December 4, 2013.
Preventable adverse events may result in more harm than previously thought. Highlighting inconsistencies in publicly reported hospital safety data, this newspaper article explains how information is collected, analyzed, and presented by organizations such as Hospital Compare, Consumer Reports, and Leapfrog.
Burcham K. WSOC-TV. November 22, 2013.
This news piece reports on a missed diagnosis of meningitis and illustrates how premature closure can hinder safe care.
Jones R. WXYZ. November 13, 2013.
This news piece reports on risks associated with medication delivery in nursing homes and reveals several incidents that resulted in significant patient harm.