Patient Care & Outcomes

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Public sector retirees to pay costly premiums for plans

The private sector began to eliminate retiree health insurance benefits back in the 1990s--will the public sector follow?

Mayo Clinic looks to changing demographics in customer service approach

A patient experience approach by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota may represent a new front in healthcare customer service, according to  Forbes.

Healthcare fails women of color in states across the country

Many states across the country fail women when it comes to healthcare delivery, accessibility and battling chronic disease, specifically women of color, according to a report released by The Alliance for a Just Society.

Access to psychiatric care severely limited in major cities

Despite a recent movement to increase primary care physicians' ability to identify m ental-health problems  in their patients, many may struggle to get their patients access to psychiatric care, according to a s tudy  published online today by  Psychiatric Services.

Gains reported in war against post-surgical pain

The percentage of patients reporting moderate to extreme pain two weeks after surgery has plummeted in the last decade thanks to better understanding of how different classes of pain medications work, a new survey found.

AMA issues blueprint to improve Meaningful Use

The American Medical Association, frustrated by physicians' continued struggles with meeting the Meaningful Use requirements, has created a blueprint to refocus and revamp the entire Meaningful Use program.

Misinformation, cost anxiety persist among privately insured

With insured patients' out-of-pocket costs on the rise, nearly one-fifth of privately insured Americans admittedly avoided seeing a doctor for an illness or injury over the past year, according to new re search  conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

ACA's long-term impact on malpractice rates unknown

Medical malprac tice  premiums in several specialties have declined slightly or stayed flat over the past year, according to  Medical Liability Monitor 's annual rate su rvey. Overall, 65 percent of liability insurance rates remained steady nationwide, with obstetrician/gynecologists, internists and general surgeons experiencing decreases for the seventh straight year, reported   Medscape Medical News.

CDC may issue new protocols for healthcare workers to treat Ebola

Amid growing fears over the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will rethink its recommended protocol that healthcare professionals should follow to treat the disease.

Unique naming system in EMRs prevents errors in hospital NICU

The use of a unique naming system in the electronic medical records of patients at a Bronx hospital has helped to prevent miscommunication in the neonatal intensive care unit.