Hospitals Profit From Surgical Errors, Study Finds

Since insurers pay more for patients with surgical complications, some hospitals could actually lose money by improving care, researchers said Tuesday.

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  • GOP boycotts health care advisory board
    House and Senate Republican leaders told President Barack Obama Thursday that they will refuse to nominate candidates to serve on an advisory board that is to play a role in holding down Medicare costs under the new health care act. More
  • US medicine spending shows rare dip
    Total U.S. spending on prescription medicines declined last year, a first in more than half a century. The dip was 1 percent, to $325.8 billion — a 3.5 percent drop after accounting for population growth and economic expansion, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. More
  • Study Finds Expanded Medicaid Increases Health Care Use
    Come January, millions of low-income adults will gain health insurance coverage through Medicaid in one of the farthest-reaching provisions of the Obama health care law. More
  • New study: debt limit deadline likely extended
    The likely deadline for Congress to prevent the government's first default will be later than earlier thought, a Washington think tank has found. The Bipartisan Policy Center said Friday that the government probably won't reach the brink of default until early September or early October. More
  • 38 At least 36 dead as fire rages through Russian psychiatric hospital
    Thirty-eight people were feared dead after a fire raged through an isolated psychiatric hospital north of Moscow on Friday, killing some patients in their beds and others who were trapped by barred windows. Most of the patients died in their sleep inhaling the fumes as they were likely sedated by prescribed medicine, a police source told the RIA Novosti news agency. More
  • Hospitals Respond To Medicare Payment Shortfalls By Both Shifting Costs And Cutting Them, Based On Market Concentration
    The influence of market structure on hospital profit margins, which is central to the MedPAC focus on cost reduction, has not received commensurate attention. This study provides empirical ... 22 The ...
    07/15/2018 - 6:48 pm | View Link
  • Ballot initiative would cost hospitals $1b a year, industry-backed study says
    The limits would vary from unit to unit, but for a typical medical or surgical patient, one nurse would be assigned ... "This report is just a longer version of the scare tactics and the elitist ...
    04/29/2018 - 8:47 am | View Link
  • Star investigation: Fatal medical errors by Tucson hospitals shrouded in secrecy
    “We can’t study errors in the ... lingo for serious medical errors in the hospital world, but many call them “never events” — incidents that should never happen, like an operating room fire, leaving a ...
    05/3/2016 - 3:59 am | View Link
  • New Methodology Means Lowers Grades for NJ Hospitals on National Survey
    Garden State facilities drop from fifth to 22nd place nationally; experts warn against directly comparing results of 2016 Leapfrog report with earlier rankings New Jersey hospitals dropped from fifth ...
    04/25/2016 - 6:13 pm | View Link
  • Retirees, Find Hospitals That Score High
    You can consult an ever-growing array of hospital "report cards" that grade facilities based on patient satisfaction, infection rates, surgical ... hospital errors cause more than 400,000 deaths per ...
    05/28/2015 - 2:01 am | View Link
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