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  • Australian Hospital Accidentally Declares 200 Patients Dead (Future of ACA?)

    08/14/2014 10:16:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 14, 2014
    An Australian hospital apologized on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors.
  • Hospitals at Increasing Risk of Overheating Due to Climate Change (Yeah, Right)

    07/09/2014 2:02:17 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 34 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | July 9, 2014 06:00 GMT | Emily Gosden
    Nine out of ten hospital wards may be at risk of overheating, increasing the dangers for vulnerable patients who are left sweltering in temperatures of more than 26C (78.8F), government advisers have warned. Poor ventilation, thin walls, low ceilings and big windows that can barely be opened are contributing to temperatures far exceeding acceptable levels during hot weather, according to the Committee on Climate Change. One fifth of domestic properties could also already be overheating, with flats especially vulnerable, it finds. The number of people dying prematurely from overheating could triple to 7,000 per year by the 2050s as global...
  • Baby Boy Saved by Blood Transfusions While in the Womb

    06/30/2014 11:06:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Gulf News ^ | June 30, 2014 | Samihah Zaman
    Lack of timely treatment could have killed the baby, who is now healthyA series of blood transfusions for a baby while still in the mother’s womb has resulted in a successful delivery in the capital’s well-known maternity facility, the Corniche Hospital. The hospital announced on Monday that the in-utero transfusions were required to ensure the baby boy’s health. He was born to Marwa Badee, an Egyptian resident, who has two other children. Speaking about the case to Gulf News, Dr Leanne Brickers, chair of foetal medicine at the public hospital managed by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), said...
  • How the VA developed its culture of coverups

    06/02/2014 9:18:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 30, 2014 | David A. Fahrenthold
    About two years ago, Brian Turner took a job as a scheduling clerk at a Veterans Affairs health clinic in Austin. A few weeks later, he said, a supervisor came by to instruct him how to cook the books. “The first time I heard it was actually at my desk. They said, ‘You gotta zero out the date. The wait time has to be zeroed out,’ ” Turner recalled in a phone interview. He said “zeroing out” was a trick to fool the VA’s own accountability system, which the bosses up in Washington used to monitor how long patients waited to...
  • Hospitals now offering ObamaCare alternatives (Cavuto - Video)

    04/26/2014 6:24:23 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    FOXBusiness.com reporter Kate Rogers and CentraState Healthcare System Hospital CEO John Gribbin on efforts to reduce health-care costs Video Link
  • VA Hides Names of Hospitals Where Vets Died From Delays

    03/28/2014 12:56:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/28/14 | CJ Ciaramella
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) blocked the release of the names of hospitals where 19 veterans died because of delays in medical screenings, leading to calls for transparency from news outlets and a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers. Earlier this month, the VA denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Tampa Tribune reporter Howard Altman, who had been investigating the deaths. CNN reported in January that 19 veterans died as a result of delayed gastrointestinal cancer screenings, while another 63 were seriously injured. CNN obtained internal documents from the VA listing the number of “institutional disclosures...
  • Hospitals Plot the End of Insurance Companies

    03/27/2014 10:13:38 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 100 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Rob Garver
    The problems with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act may be masking another major change in the way health care is delivered to U.S. consumers, experts believe. At a conference in Washington on Thursday, health care and business professionals said that there’s an increasing trend in the industry toward cutting insurance companies out of the process entirely, as large, regional hospital systems move into the insurance business. Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, CEO and president of Mount Sinai Health System, the largest health care provider in the state of New York, said that starting next year, Mt. Sinai will begin...
  • U.S., Citing ‘Urgent’ Need, Calls On Hospitals to Improve Disaster Plans

    03/11/2014 10:56:28 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/11/14 | SHERI FINK
    The regulations would require hospitals, nursing facilities and group homes to have plans to maintain emergency lighting, fire safety systems, and sewage and waste disposal during power losses, and to keep temperatures at a safe level for patients. Those inpatient facilities would also be expected to track displaced patients, provide care at alternate sites and handle volunteers. Transplant centers would need to identify alternate hospitals for patients awaiting organs — a challenge because centers maintain different transplant criteria. Home health care agencies would be required to help patients create personalized disaster plans. Hospices and others caring for frail, homebound patients...
  • Doctors Abandoning Private Practice in Droves to Work at Hospitals

    02/16/2014 7:03:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/15/2013 | Rick Moran
    Doctors are leaving private practice to become employees of hospitals, according to this story in the New York Times. The decline in private practice physicians actually began a few years ago when changes to Medicare forced many physicians who practiced individually or in small group offices to make the move to a salaried position in a hospital.But there is no doubt that Obamacare has exacerbated the problem. The onerous recordkeeping is one big reason why private practice physicians are becoming extinct. Private physicians can’t afford the extra employees to meet the demands of Obamacare paperwork.Dr, Paul Hsieh explained in a...
  • Republicans debate mini-bailouts for hospitals

    02/09/2014 10:54:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2014 11:34 AM EST | Ray Henry and Christina A. Cassidy
    Republican governors scored easy political points by rejecting President Barack Obama’s plan to enroll more poor people in government health insurance. Now Republican leaders in Georgia and Mississippi may be bailing out hospitals that will lose funding they would have gotten from Obama’s health care law. South Carolina’s leaders increased payments to some hospitals in a push to improve rural health, though the extra money likely placated hospital officials who might otherwise have pressured Republicans to adopt the Democratic plan. The basic problem is simple: Obama’s overhaul is not being implemented as was planned. Its designers assumed that very few...
  • U.S. hospitals hit with shortage of intravenous saline

    01/29/2014 2:38:39 AM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Yahoo news/Reuters ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | Susan Kelly
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it is working with the three manufacturers of intravenous saline solutions commonly used to hydrate hospital patients to address a shortage caused by a spike in demand. To cope with the shortage, healthcare providers are using substitute products such as oral hydration fluids or smaller IV saline bags with slower drip rates when appropriate, said Bona Benjamin, director of medication use quality improvement for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. "We have heard from our members all over the country that the shortage is serious," Benjamin said. "People are able...
  • Cuomo: NY hospitals could close over fed funding delay

    01/22/2014 1:43:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/22/14 | Aaron Short, Carl Campanile
    Three ailing Brooklyn hospitals could close because the Obama administration is dragging its feet in reallocating $10 billion in health-care funding to the state, Gov. Cuomo warned Tuesday. **SNIP** Ironically, the Cuomo administration plan aims at advancing the goals of the Affordable Care Act, also know as ObamaCare, by providing better care at lower cost. Cuomo said state actions have generated $17 billion in federal savings, and New York wants to reinvest reallocated federal funds to bolster medical care.
  • Medicare posts hospitals' 'clean and dirty laundry' on Hospital Compare website

    01/20/2014 4:53:15 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Post and Courier ^ | 1-20-14 | Lauren Sausser
    Patients can make choices about which hospital they use based on many factors, including advertisements on billboards and signs on the back of city buses. While annual hospital rankings published in magazines like U.S. News & World Report and Consumer Reports offer conflicting advice on the best places to seek treatment, plain-and-simple geography can also matter. So do health insurance networks and recommendations from friends or physicians. “How does the consumer know which to believe?” said Dr. Todd Shuman, vice president and chief quality officer for Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “Should they believe this, or should they believe this? Or...
  • U.S. hospital admissions weakest in a decade: Citi analyst

    12/17/2013 1:36:24 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 17, 2013
    U.S. hospital admissions in November were the weakest in more than a decade, under pressure from a change in reimbursement rules for Medicare patients and confusion tied to the problem-ridden rollout of Obamacare, according to a survey by Citi Research. [Snip] "In addition, it is reasonable to conclude that the cumulative impact of changing physician employment and payment models is beginning to play a role, as well as the paralyzing effect of the impotent Obamacare rollout," Citi analyst Gary Taylor said in a report.
  • My cancer 'mind torture':Tony Dunbar, hits out at hospital delay (UK)

    12/16/2013 7:06:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Hull Daily Mail ^ | Dec 15, 2013
    My cancer 'mind torture': Hull pub landlord Tony Dunbar, of Hessle Road's Alexandra Hotel, hits out at hospital delay By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: December 15, 2013 A HULL landlord undergoing treatment for "aggressive" prostate cancer received a letter informing him his hospital check-up was being delayed three months. Tony Dunbar, 66, who runs The Alexandra Hotel in Hessle Road, west Hull, was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Earlier this week he received a letter from Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust informing him his appointment at Hull Royal Infirmary, which was booked for December 30, had...
  • Hospitals will still have a 'free rider' problem under Obamacare

    12/11/2013 5:11:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | December 9, 2013 | Philip Klein
    President Obama and his allies have consistently argued that his health care law was prudent, because without it, uninsured individuals would continue to show up at hospitals and receive care without paying, thus driving up costs on everybody else. But now, the Wall Street Journal has reported, hospitals are concerned that the law could exacerbate this problem, known as uncompensated care. The reason stems from the high deductibles in health care plans offered on Obamacare's new government-run exchanges. A deductible is the amount that individuals must pay for care before the benefits of a health insurance policy kick in. As...
  • New Affordable Care US health plans will exclude top hospitals

    12/08/2013 6:54:37 PM PST · by iowamark · 59 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | 12/8/2013 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    Americans who are buying insurance plans over online exchanges, under what is known as Obamacare, will have limited access to some of the nation’s leading hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centres. Amid a drive by insurers to limit costs, the majority of insurance plans being sold on the new healthcare exchanges in New York, Texas, and California, for example, will not offer patients’ access to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan or MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, two top cancer centres, or Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, one of the top research and teaching hospitals in the country. Experts say the...
  • Top US hospital laying off staff due to Obamacare

    11/26/2013 5:38:22 AM PST · by DBCJR · 11 replies
    The Cleveland Clinic, which is ranked among the top four U.S. hospitals, is making layoffs and cutting its budget more than $100 million as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, the Daily Caller has learned. “The cuts for 2014, about half of those are related to the Affordable Care Act…We anticipate a reduction in workforce,” Cleveland Clinic executive director of communications Eileen Sheil said in an interview with TheDC.
  • Half of German hospitals in the red

    11/21/2013 1:21:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 Nov 2013 12:10 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    The financial security of Germany’s hospitals has fallen sharply in the last year with one in every two hospitals making a loss. A study released on Wednesday blamed rising insurance premiums for the precarious situation. … Net operating profits fell in almost 60 percent of the country’s hospitals and this year just 13 percent of clinics forecast a strong financial position. Smaller hospitals with fewer than 3,000 beds were particularly badly affected, the Spiegel reported, with 57 percent making a loss. …
  • Hospitals refusing to accept Obamacare patients

    11/04/2013 9:08:33 AM PST · by sdnet · 34 replies
    Small Government Times ^ | 2013-11-04 | Steve Adcock
    Americans who expect to take advantage of high-cost healthcare services may be in for a surprise as many hospitals are refusing to accept Obamacare insurance, according to a new report from WatchDog.org. Most hospitals, the report cites, will only accept Obamacare from one or two insurance providers. Worse, insurance bought privately outside of Obamacare would have been honored. ”For example, fourth-ranked Cleveland Clinic accepts dozens of insurance plans if you buy one on your own. But go through Obamacare and you have just one choice: Medical Mutual of Ohio.” The problem is Obamacare’s cap on premiums has prompted many insurance...
  • The Best Hospitals Are Opting Out of Obamacare

    11/01/2013 4:14:32 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-1-13 | Elizabeth Sheld
    Most of the talk about the Affordable Care Act has focused on website glitches and skyrocketing premiums but there are other issues looming on the horizon for the healthcare overhaul. Hospital coverage. If consumers expect to have (or continue to have) access to the best medical services at the nations top hospitals, they are in for a rude awakening. "Most of the top hospitals will accept insurance from just one or two companies operating under Obamacare." Because the ACA caps premiums, insurers will be have to offer less money to the nations best doctors and hospitals. In return, the hospitals...
  • Some exchange health plans don’t include Hamilton, local doctors

    10/13/2013 2:52:12 PM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 2 replies
    The Daily Citizen (Dalton, Georgia) ^ | Ocy. 13, 2013 | Charles Oliver
    Those who buy some health insurance plans on Georgia’s Obamacare exchange won’t get network access to Hamilton Medical Center and most local doctors. In northwest Georgia, only two carriers are selling health insurance plans on the exchange: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Alliant Health Plans. Officials at Alliant say exchange customers will have access to all the doctors and hospitals in their regular network including Hamilton and most local doctors. But Blue Cross Blue Shield officials say exchange customers won’t have access to all the providers in its regular network.
  • Poor Infection Control Responsible for 99,000 Healthcare Related Deaths in US

    10/09/2013 11:06:08 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/9/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    The employer mandate for health insurance has been delayed until 2015, and the individual mandate is under attack in the House and may eventually be delayed as well. These mandates are at the very heart of the ACA and are based on the quite absurd notion that lack of universal insurance coverage is the biggest problem facing American health care. If only… The biggest problem facing American health care is that we are paying drastically more than any other country in the world for our care, but our outcomes on average are markedly inferior. The single most important reason for...
  • Obamacare installs new scrutiny, fines for charitable hospitals that treat uninsured people

    08/08/2013 9:24:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/8/13 | Patrick Howley
    Charitable hospitals that treat uninsured Americans will be subjected to new levels of scrutiny of their nonprofit status and could face sizable new fines under Obamacare. A new provision in Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, which takes effect under Obamacare, sets new standards of review and installs new financial penalties for tax-exempt charitable hospitals, which devote a minimum amount of their expenses to treat uninsured poor people. Approximately 60 percent of American hospitals are currently nonprofit. Charity for the uninsured is one of the factors that could discourage enrollment in Obamacare, which requires all Americans to purchase heath...
  • Military hospitals shrinking services to meet spending cuts

    08/04/2013 6:05:34 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | August 3, 2013 | Gregg Zoroya
    Patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other premier military hospitals are being sent to private doctors and having surgery and other treatment delayed because of furloughs to medical personnel, according to interviews and internal documents. "Please show (patients) the utmost understanding and care while we are asking them to accept longer wait times and in some cases, curtailed or limited services," Rear Adm. Alton Stocks, hospital commander, told staff in a July 12 message. A "colleagues" memo issued in recent days says inpatient beds are in "critically short supply" because of furloughs of civilian staff triggered by...
  • ObamaCare deliberately shutting down the nation’s best hospitals

    07/28/2013 8:16:07 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 29 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/28/13 | Doug Book
    Anyone not convinced by now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was fashioned by those in pursuit of greater power rather than better healthcare apparently doesn’t know that the law features a section which deliberately shuts down many of the best and most effective healthcare providers in the nation. Thanks to a deal forged by ObamaCare’s Democrat authors and associations which represent many of the nation’s largest hospitals, all clinics, treatment facilities and hospitals owned by physicians are being effectively driven out of business. For years the nation’s critical care hospitals have been unable to successfully compete with...
  • Erie bishop: Saint Vincent no longer a Catholic hospital

    07/09/2013 3:43:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Erie Times News ^ | 7/8/2013 | DANA MASSING
    Erie Catholic Bishop Lawrence Persico said that Saint Vincent Health System can no longer be considered a Catholic hospital after its merger with Highmark Inc. However, the bishop did say that Catholics could still use services provided by Saint Vincent. In a statement released Sunday, Persico also thanked the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania for their 138 years of health-care ministry. The sisters founded the hospital in 1875 and will no longer be its sponsor after the merger, which was expected to take place early this month. "With this change in ownership, there is no longer any guarantee...
  • What ObamaCare Is Going To Do To Your Doctor

    07/06/2013 7:21:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    You should care a lot about how health reform will affect your doctor. The reason: it will also affect you. Here's what's happening: hospitals are merging and they are acquiring doctors. In the process, they are making the market less competitive, gaming third-party payment formulas and doing other things that make our health insurance premiums and our taxes higher than they otherwise would be. None of this is the result of any plan the administration ever announced, however. What did the Obama administration intend to happen? The clearest explanation of their vision of health reform comes from Harvard Medical School...
  • Pennsylvania hospitals' ban on hiring smokers prompts debate

    06/30/2013 4:32:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 28, 2013 | Reuters
    With just days to go before two of Philadelphia's most prestigious hospitals refuse to hire smokers, the ban has relit a debate about the wisdom of regulating workers' behavior away from the workplace. Both the highly rated University of Pennsylvania Health System, which includes the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, named by US News and World Report as America's top children's hospital this year, will join dozens of hospitals across the country when they implement their policy on Monday, July 1. The move has generated criticism among civil liberties activists, hospital...
  • Behind the scenes in health care

    06/14/2013 3:03:59 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/14/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    Venture behind the scenes in any hospital, and you will be astounded by the amount of time taken up with paperwork. Detailed reports, for every single patient encounter (largely for defensive purposes), are input into ever more sophisticated computer systems. The latest wrinkle allows medical billing experts to view these reports as they are being entered in real time, so that they can issue helpful pop-ups suggesting how additional billing items can be added. Hospitals need the additional revenue since insurance limits reimbursements, and they are forced to treat many patients at no charge. Hospital poverty can also be used...
  • Doctor-owned hospitals

    05/22/2013 2:29:12 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    The Grumpy Economist ^ | May 17, 2013 | John Cochrane
    In writing about the ACA and our health-care problems, I started to think more and more about supply restrictions. In every other industry, costs come down when new suppliers come in and compete. Yet our health-care system is full of restrictions and protections to keep new suppliers out, and competition down. Then we wonder why hospitals won't tell you how much care will cost, and send you bills with $100 band aids on them. In that context, I was interested to learn this week about the ACA's limits on expansion of doctor-owned hospitals. The Wall Street Journal article is here,...
  • Imposing Weight-Loss Guidelines: Another Function of ObamaCare?

    05/20/2013 1:00:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 20, 2013 | Glenn G. Lammi
    The federal Affordable Care Act, better known as “ObamaCare,” may provide activists and government a little-known wedge to advance their obesity agendas through regulated health-care providers — specifically America’s nearly 3,000 non-profit hospitals. One organization, The STOP Obesity Alliance, recently identified this wedge as a way to have such hospitals embrace its core convictions, including one principle which questions the role of personal responsibility as a cause and a solution to obesity.Community Health Needs Assessments. Section 9007 of the Act requires non-profit hospitals, as a condition of maintaining their tax-exempt status, to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs). These documents, which...
  • One hospital charges $8,000 — another, $38,000

    05/10/2013 9:19:32 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 8, 2013 | Sarah Kliff
    Consumers on Wednesday will finally get some answers about one of modern life’s most persistent mysteries: how much medical care actually costs. For the first time, the federal government will release the prices that hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. Until now, these charges have been closely held by facilities that see a competitive advantage in shielding their fees from competitors. What the numbers reveal is a health-care system with tremendous, seemingly random variation in the costs of services. In the District, George Washington University’s average bill for a patient on a ventilator was $115,000, while Providence...
  • Bill makes hospitals check on citizenship [Plan is to fight illegal immigration]

    01/28/2013 8:50:08 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Howard Fischer| Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX - A state legislator is moving to put Arizona's hospitals on the front line in the fight against illegal immigration. The proposal by Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, would require hospitals to "reasonably confirm" those who show up at their doors are in the country legally if they do not produce proof of valid health insurance. HB 2293 lists methods hospital officials and employees can use to make that determination. The measure says if legal status cannot be verified, someone from the hospital "must immediately contact the local federal immigration office or a local law enforcement agency to report the...
  • Nanny Bloomberg Takes Away Hospital Painkillers

    01/13/2013 5:19:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | January 12, 2013 | Tad Cronn
    Thank goodness government is getting more involved in health care so we can finally put a stop to sick and injured people using too many painkillers. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week that the city is going to sharply restrict supplies of painkillers at the city’s emergency rooms to combat a rampant addiction problem. Yours, not his. I have to clarify that point, because otherwise you may have the impression that “Nanny Michael” is addicted to power, and being a bit of a bully. … “The city hospitals we control,” he said Friday in response to critics, “so...
  • Bloomberg Slaps Down Criticism of Painkiller Restriction Plan

    01/13/2013 12:15:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Politicker ^ | January 11, 2013 | Colin Campbell
    Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials unveiled a new initiative to limit supplies of prescription painkillers in the city’s emergency rooms as a way to combat what they described as a growing addiction problem in the region. Some critics, as documented by The New York Times, however, felt the move would unnecessarily hurt poor and uninsured patients who use emergency rooms as their primary care doctor. Needless to say, Mr. Bloomberg was not swayed by this line of argument. “The city hospitals we control, so … we’re going to do it and we’re urging all of the other hospitals...
  • life extending cancer drugs ´rationed by postcode´: dozens of hospitals refuse to hand

    01/11/2013 10:17:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 1/11/13 | Sophie Borland
    Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE. Some of these drugs have been shown to boost survival rates by a quarter while others have extended the lives of terminally-ill patients by over a year.
  • Ageism in hospitals ´leaves elderly heart attack and breast cancer victims to die´

    12/04/2012 7:33:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/4/12 | Sophie Borland
    The elderly are being denied life-saving treatment for heart attacks and surgery following breast cancer, a report warns. [Snip]This year the Government promised to end ageism in the Health Service and introduced laws that enable the elderly to sue if they are unfairly refused treatment. But a report today warns that patients in their 50s are three times more likely to be offered an emergency treatment for heart attacks than those in their 80s. And some hospitals are refusing to offer the treatment to anyone over 75 at all. The procedure--a percutaneous coronary intervention--widens blood vessels and has been credited
  • Local health providers have their eye on ‘fiscal cliff’

    11/11/2012 6:46:48 AM PST · by Smokeyblue · 5 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | November 11, 2012 | Kelsey Ryan
    A lack of compromise by lawmakers in Washington could result in spending cuts that could affect local health providers within the next two months. The cuts, also known as sequestration, have been a top issue for providers – especially hospitals – that receive federal dollars. The money at stake is caught up in the package of spending cuts and tax increases that are to start taking effect Jan. 1 – unless Congress and the president act to modify the plan. Approved as part of a deal made by Democrats and Republicans last year, the package is now commonly known as...
  • The Cleveland Clinic, cited as a "model" by Obama, is actually illegal under Obamacare

    10/04/2012 4:20:17 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 28 replies
    wyblog.us ^ | Oct 4 2012 | wyblog.us - NOT MY BLOG - H.G!
    The Cleveland Clinic is owned by doctors. But thanks to Obamacare it's illegal for doctors to own hospitals. Section 6001 of the health care law effectively bans new physician-owned hospitals (POHs) from starting up, and it keeps existing ones from expanding. It has already halted the development of 24 new physician-owned hospitals and forced an additional 47 to struggle to meet the deadline to complete construction, according to the Physician Hospitals of America (PHA). You couldn't build the Cleveland Clinic today if you wanted to.
  • How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us

    09/24/2012 6:00:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 42 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9-22-12 | MARTY MAKARY
    When there is a plane crash in the U.S., even a minor one, it makes headlines. There is a thorough federal investigation, and the tragedy often yields important lessons for the aviation industry. Pilots and airlines thus learn how to do their jobs more safely. The world of American medicine is far deadlier: Medical mistakes kill enough people each week to fill four jumbo jets. But these mistakes go largely unnoticed by the world at large, and the medical community rarely learns from them. The same preventable mistakes are made over and over again, and patients are left in the...
  • Unbearable cost of the dark night rises

    07/30/2012 11:26:55 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 14 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | July 29, 2012 | John David Powell
    Their faces still haunt us from our paper and cyber pages, even as the days turn into weeks since that awful night at the movies. Most of us probably do not know their names; we probably could not pick them out of a list. Even those of us who have written about them may only remember a name or two. And we only know who they were – no, who they are – from the stories told by relatives and friends. For some reason, and it may just be me, but for some reason I can tell almost by looking...
  • Hospitals 'letting patients die to save money’ (UK)

    07/08/2012 6:52:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7/8/12 | Stephen Adam
    Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses are placed on a “death pathway” to help end their lives every year. However, in a letter to The Daily Telegraph, six doctors warn that hospitals may be using the controversial scheme to reduce strain on hospital resources. Supporters of the Liverpool Care Pathway, which allows medical staff to withhold fluid and drugs in a patient’s final days, claim it is the kindest way of letting them slip away. But the experts say in their letter that natural deaths are often freer of pain and distress. Informed consent is not
  • Hospitals Told Child Heart Surgery Will Stop

    07/04/2012 8:01:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    News.sky ^ | 7/4/12 | staff
    Three out of 10 specialist units will stop performing heart surgery on children following an NHS review which decided resources were spread too thinly. The Royal Brompton in Chelsea, west London, Leeds General Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital in Leicester will not stop providing surgery immediately as plans to implement the new streamlined service are still being developed. Once they stop providing surgery, probably after 2013, the units will still see patients for diagnosis, monitoring and non-surgical treatment. The consultation process by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts (JCPCT) of England
  • THC, HMA, OREX, HCA, LNCR-Unusual Volume (h'care stocks +unusual pre-decision trades)Read more:

    06/29/2012 4:31:32 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 8 replies
    The Stock Market Watch ^ | 6-28-12 | Alex Fredericks
    We have found the following stocks had unusual volume spikes on Thursday, June 28, 2012. Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE:THC) had a 86.9% volume spike trading 40,717,900 shares. THC’s 30-day average volume is 5,335,410. Shares closed at $5.25 +6.71%. Tenet Healthcare Corporation is an investor-owned health care services company whose subsidiaries and affiliates mainly operate acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, diagnostic imaging centers and related health care facilities. Health Management Associates (NYSE:HMA) had a 86.1% volume spike trading 24,950,900 shares. HMA’s 30-day average volume is 3,461,860. Shares closed at $7.49 +11.79%. Health Management Associates, Inc and its subsidiariesprovide health care...
  • Hospitals 'run out of drugs as stocks are sold abroad' by at least 19 NHS trusts

    04/27/2012 6:07:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/27/12 | Staff
    Hospitals are running out of vital drugs to treat high blood pressure, asthma and Parkinson’s disease because they are being sold abroad. At least 19 NHS trusts across England have written to the Department of Health since September to warn of shortages, according to figures obtained by Labour MP Keith Vaz. There are concerns that drugs manufactured in Britain, meant for NHS patients, are being sold to EU countries by wholesalers and pharmacists. (Snip) Although the practice is not illegal, the Government has condemned it as unethical and there are concerns that patients are being put at risk.
  • Do They Know Who They’re Messing With? (Obama Administration vs. the Catholic Church?)

    03/16/2012 9:48:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 54 replies · 1+ views
    CE.com ^ | March 15, 2012 | David Catron
    Do They Know Who They’re Messing With? FaithMarch 16th, 2012 David Catron During a recent conversation about the HHS anti-conscience mandate, a friend who is neither Catholic nor particularly religious asked the following rhetorical question about the Obama administration:Do these people know who they’re messing with?Her point, of course, was that the Church has spent nearly two millennia crushing attempts by secular rulers to dictate the way it carries out its charitable ministries. Commanding Catholic hospitals to fund sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortifacients isn’t like twisting the arm of some roundheel congressman. It’s going to take more than the usual...
  • Obama the Apostate (Reckoning with the Catholic Church)

    03/09/2012 5:13:08 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 9, 2012 | David Catron
    During a recent conversation about the HHS anti-conscience mandate, a friend, neither Catholic nor particularly religious asked the following rhetorical question about Obama's administration: Do these people know who they're messing with? Her point, of course, was the Church has spent nearly two millennia crushing attempts by secular rulers to dictate the way it carries out its charitable ministries. Commanding Catholic hospitals to fund sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortifacients isn't like twisting the arm of some roundheel congressman. It's going to take more than the usual Chitown chicanery to cow a venerable, well-funded organization that has brought more than one emperor...
  • Which Is Anti-Immigrant, Arizona or California?

    02/12/2012 8:34:06 PM PST · by stolinsky · 7 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 02-13-12 | stolinsky
      Which Is Anti-Immigrant, Arizona or California? David C. Stolinsky Feb. 13, 2012 If you relied on the mainstream media, you would conclude that Arizona is anti-immigrant, while California is pro-immigrant. You would conclude that Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer must hate immigrants. After all, she signed SB-1070, which requires police to refer illegal immigrants to Immigration if they are arrested for other crimes. The law was passed after illegals committed a series of crimes, culminating in the murder of well-known rancher Robert Krentz, a man who went out of his way to help others. But Democratic California Governor...
  • Catholic Caucus: Romney Told Catholic Hospitals to Administer Abortion Pills

    02/02/2012 9:50:11 AM PST · by topher · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2012 | Terry Jeffrey
    | Feb 02, 2012 | Terry Jeffrey Posted on 02/02/2012 7:05:30 AM PST by Dr. Brian Kopp Romney Told Catholic Hospitals to Administer Abortion PillsTerry Jeffrey TownHallFeb 02, 2012A defining moment in Mitt Romney's post-pro-life-conversion political career came in his third year as governor of Massachusetts, when he decided Catholic hospitals would be required under his interpretation of a new state law to give rape victims a drug that can induce abortions. Romney announced this decision -- saying it was the "right thing for hospitals" to do -- just two days after he had taken the opposite position. The story...