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  • The Russian MoD and the Ministry for Emergencies are to send mobile hospitals to Syria

    11/29/2016 6:11:28 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 2 replies
    The Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered the MoD and the Ministry for Emergencies to send mobile hospitals to Syria to provide medical service to the locals. The press learned it from the President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov. According to his words, the term was set as "in shortest possible time". He also said that the MoD was to send a medical team with a multi-functional hospital for 100 beds with a paediatric therapy ward. The hospital’s capacity for treating outpatients is 420 persons per day. The Ministry for Emergencies’ mobile facility has 50 beds and outpatient capacity of 200 persons.
  • Texas Law Allows Hospitals to Kick Patients Out if It Thinks They Have No Chance

    10/28/2016 11:06:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Life News ^ | October 29, 2016 | Wesley Smith
    I have long believed that Texas’s futile care law is unconstitutional. Specifically, the law permits a hospital bioethics committee to kick a patient out of wanted life-sustaining treatment that is working–e.g., keeping the patient alive–based on the subjective values of doctors and the members of the hospital administration-appointed committee. A lawsuit (Kelly v Houston Methodist Hospital) sues HMH for its attempt to force a now deceased patient out of the ICU. Now, Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General, argues that the law upon which the hospital’s decision was based is unconstitutional. From the AG’s amicus brief: The Due Process Clause...
  • CHS explores sale of its business

    09/19/2016 4:26:17 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 1 replies
    Becker's Hospital Review ^ | September 19, 2016 | Ayla Ellison
    Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems is working with advisers to explore a variety of options with financial sponsors, including the possible sale of its business, sources with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. The for-profit hospital operator said discussions are at a preliminary stage. "There can be no certainty that the exploration will result in any kind of transaction," said CHS.
  • Creeping Sharia in Health Care

    07/28/2016 9:13:30 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Carol Brown
    Islamic supremacy is arriving in medical settings using stealth means, or what is often referred to as creeping sharia. Common themes include Muslim health care workers refusing to uphold infection control protocols, Muslim medical students refusing to study topics they deem forbidden according to Islamic law, Muslim visitors in hospitals ignoring hygiene guidelines to protect patients, and hospitals bending over backwards (or is it forwards?) to accommodate Muslim demands above and beyond anything done for members of any other religious or demographic group. Also covered are outright acts of violence perpetrated by Muslim men who attack hospital personnel. Islamic supremacy...
  • 6 states don't require background checks for nurses

    06/29/2016 6:21:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Becker's Healthcare ^ | June 27, 2016 | Tamara Rosin
    Nurses with convictions for crimes of violence, sexual offenses and drug thefts are able to evade detection in six states, which have far fewer protections in place than most states when it comes to licensing healthcare workers ... While candidates for jobs such as massage therapists or private investigators are required to submit a fingerprint for checks against state and FBI conviction records, the nurse licensing systems in Colorado, Wisconsin, New York, Vermont, Maine and Hawaii rely on self-disclosure and complaints. The porous process allows nurses disqualified from obtaining licensure in other states to obtain a license in one of...
  • ACLU launches campaign to strip Catholic hospitals of federal funds

    05/11/2016 3:56:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 10, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    NEW YORK, May 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic hospitals across the U.S. are “withholding emergency care” and denying “essential health services,” the ACLU is alleging in a new campaign. They also inflict harm on “transgender and gender-non-conforming patients” “when seeking reproductive healthcare.” In a new report, “Health Care Denied,” the ALCU calls for denial of federal dollars from Catholic healthcare institutions, as well as investigations into their practices. With a subtitle of “Patients and Physicians Speak Out About Catholic Hospitals and the Threat to Women's Health and Lives,” the stated goal of the report “is to shine a light...
  • Hospital

    04/20/2016 5:03:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2016 | John Stossel
    I write this from the hospital. Seems I have lung cancer. My doctors tell me my growth was caught early and I'll be fine. Soon I will barely notice that a fifth of my lung is gone. I believe them. After all, I'm at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. U.S. News & World Report ranked it No. 1 in New York. I get excellent medical care here. But as a consumer reporter, I have to say, the hospital's customer service stinks. Doctors keep me waiting for hours, and no one bothers to call or email to say, "I'm running late." Few doctors give...
  • Hospitals Cutting Jobs While Obama Continues to Throw Away Billions to This Industry

    03/01/2016 6:48:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 1, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama began peddling his national healthcare system. On more than one occasion, he pointed to Canada and the United Kingdom as examples of a workable national healthcare system. When I first heard him point to them, I instantly thought of Rachel, a work acquaintance who lived and worked in the United Kingdom. She was experiencing abdominal pains and having problems eating for months before England’s National Health Service doctors finally diagnosed the problem to be her gall bladder. The doctor said it needed to be removed. However, from the time they wrote the...
  • British Hospitals in the Red Send Strong Warning to the US

    02/22/2016 4:40:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2016 | Rachel Alexander
    Britain has "free" health care, which means it is run by the government and funded by taxpayers. Those on the left in the U.S. want to move to this model, which is often referred to as universal healthcare or single-payer since the government handles all the financing. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If health care doesn't cost anything, people are going to use more of it. They're not going to think prudently about which services they really need because they don't feel the immediate cost. Consequently, 131 out of the 138 hospital trusts in...
  • Daughters of Charity Health System closes deal with hedge fund

    12/15/2015 2:00:52 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 12-15-2015 | Tracy Seipel
    Ending almost two years in limbo, the financially beleaguered Daughters of Charity Health System on Monday announced it has closed a $260 million investment deal with an East Coast hedge fund that will keep one of the Bay Area's oldest hospital chains afloat for at least three more years. The news came 11 days after California Attorney General Kamala Harris gave her conditional approval for the largest nonprofit hospital transaction in state history, and the first to involve a hedge fund. Unlike the controversy and staunch opposition generated by the hospitals' previous suitor, the deal with BlueMountain Capital Management registered...
  • We’re Number One: Paying The Most For The Worst Healthcare

    11/28/2015 8:27:27 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/28/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Here’s the biggest topic in public health: Why does the U.S. pay substantially more than any other country in the world for healthcare, only to realize mediocre outcomes? Consider these findings, from a 2010 Commonwealth Fund report (and things have not much improved): Despite having the most costly health system in the world, the United States consistently underperforms on most dimensions of performance, relative to other countries. Compared with six other nations—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—the U.S. healthcare system ranks last or next-to-last on five dimensions of a high performance health system: quality, access,...
  • Ethicist: The ACLU is Right to Sue Catholic Hospitals

    10/05/2015 10:24:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/05/2015 | Arthur Caplan
    The visit to the United States by Pope Francis left a lot of goodwill behind. But there are areas where that goodwill slams into a church-state wall. The views of the church are completely out of step with American law and values when it comes to health care for women. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has just announced a lawsuit against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country. The suit highlights a key area where the Catholic Church and the law of land are colliding.The lawsuit says Trinity is failing in its duties...
  • ObamaCare Unleashes Anti-Consumer Merger Mania In Health Care

    06/25/2015 11:31:26 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/24/2015 | Staff
    Crony Capitalism: ObamaCare has unleashed a wave of industry mergers that will increasingly restrict access and limit choices for consumers. Worse, it will make government control of the industry all the easier. Does anyone remember President Obama promising that ObamaCare would create a few giant health care oligopolies? Well, it's heading that way.
  • Hospitals Are the Latest Victims Of ObamaCare's False Promises

    06/16/2015 3:56:53 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/15/2015 | Staff
    Broken Promises: President Obama recently claimed that ObamaCare is working even better than anticipated. That would be a tough sell to all those hospitals that thought the law would help them make ends meet.
  • A veil of secrecy shields hospitals where outbreaks occur

    04/19/2015 3:50:16 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4-18-15 | Melody Petersen
    The cardiac surgeon had unknowingly spread a staph infection from the rash on his hand to the hearts of at least five patients by the time Los Angeles County health investigators learned of the outbreak. The doctor had operated on more than 60 others in recent months, and county officials feared those patients could be struck with the same dangerous infection. Investigators didn't ultimately tie any deaths to the 2012 outbreak, but four patients needed additional surgery because of the infection. The only public mention of the case came a year later in a little-noticed appendix to the health department's...
  • Vietnam hospitals assured to have enough bed of admission. Really?

    03/14/2015 4:12:04 AM PDT · by piasa · 7 replies
    Tuoi Tre ^ | Updated : 03/14/2015 18:00 GMT + 7
    Most hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City have confirmed that they have sufficient facilities so that their in-patients are no longer sharing a bed with two to three other patients, according to Nguyen Tan Binh, director of the Health Department of Ho Chi Minh City. However, two central hospitals, the Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopaedics and the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital, have not met this condition. Each hospital currently has 140-180 in-patients over their 100 single bed capacity. The announcement was made during a meeting yesterday between Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and officials from the HCMC...
  • 724 Hospitals Have Lost Medicare Funding For Avoidable Complications

    01/24/2015 1:27:06 PM PST · by LucyT · 57 replies
    The Inquisitor ^ | January 24, 2015 | Staff
    Nationally, 724 hospitals have had their Medicare funding reduced after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that each had high rates of potentially avoidable “hospital-acquired conditions,” including falls, bed sores, and certain infections, including ventilator acquired pneumonia and catheter-associated urinary tract infections. CMS scored hospitals on the prevalence of three risk factors to their Medicare population patients: central line bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and serious complications, a catch-all group made up of eight types of injuries, including blood clots, falls, and bed sores. Funding can be reinstated for hospitals whose scores improve in the targeted areas.
  • Infected and undocumented: Thousands of Canadians dying from hospital-acquired bugs ( Canada)

    01/19/2015 6:01:48 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | January 19, 2015 | Tom Blackwell
    Ms. Smith’s tragic demise was more dramatic than many cases of hospital-acquired infection (HAI). Necrotizing fasciitis is a frightening, but rare, complication. Still, about 8,000 Canadians a year die from bugs they contract in facilities meant to make them better, while many more see their hospital stay prolonged by such illness. Yet after years of well-intentioned work and millions of dollars spent on combatting the scourge, the details and extent of the problem remain murky. No national statistics, for instance, document the number of surgical-wound infections like Ms. Smith’s, one of the most common types of hospital-acquired pathogens. A federal...
  • IRS Goes After Nonprofit Hospitals On Asking Customers To Pay Bills

    12/30/2014 12:27:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 29, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration announced new rules under Obamacare on Monday that target nonprofit hospitals’ efforts to get paid by their patients.Nonprofit hospitals, which serve a charitable purpose and are often religiously affiliated, will now be subject to strict rules on when and how they can collect payments from customers, thanks to regulations included in the health-care law. As a condition of their tax-exempt status, these hospitals must “take an active role in improving the health of the communities they serve,” Treasury Department deputy assistant secretary for tax policy Emily McMahon wrote in a blog post Monday. Under the new IRS...
  • Depend on yourself, not Doctors, for a long and healthy life

    12/07/2014 8:47:45 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/07/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    As my dear friends’ fifty something daughter faces up to five hours of surgery this week to remove leaking silicone breast implants, I just wanted to use up a few lines of type to express my shock and awe at what has become the PRACTICE of Medicine in this country. And indeed, PRACTICE, becomes an apt word as I meditate on what is happening to my friends and relatives at this time of the year. When she was twenty, my new friend was implanted with silicone because her breasts were “little.” She wanted to be appealing to men, I guess....
  • Officials designate 35 hospitals for Ebola care

    12/02/2014 12:35:52 PM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    AP via yahoo ^ | Dec. 2, 2014 | Mike Stobbe
    Health officials have designated 35 hospitals across the country as Ebola treatment centers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the list of hospitals on Tuesday. Most are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Washington D.C.
  • Hospitals Targeted By #Ferguson / #JusticeForMikeBrown Mob

    11/18/2014 12:48:57 PM PST · by Adam Taxin · 53 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/18/14 | Adam Taxin
    " '... for nearly 100 days, we have protested to demand an indictment', I guess that's how they think the justice system works, it has nothing to do with evidence ..."
  • New York Hospitals bleed cash as they fight Ebola

    11/10/2014 9:06:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Crain's New York Business ^ | 11/10/2014 | BY JONATHAN LAMANTIA
    The 10 hospitals designated by New York state to serve Ebola patients continue to rack up preparation or treatment costs. Bellevue Hospital Center, where Dr. Craig Spencer, New York City's only Ebola patient, is being treated, produces several 55-gallon drums of Ebola-related medical waste per day, said Reuvan Pasternak, chief executive of Stony Brook University Hospital, citing a conference call among hospital officials when the procedure was discussed. Other sources were briefed that Bellevue is spending $100,000 daily on waste treatment. "It's a huge cost," Dr. Pasternak said of waste disposal. "It's much more substantial than one would think." A...
  • Dying Man Reunited with Beloved Dog Makes Complete Turnaround

    10/19/2014 1:30:08 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/19/14 | Jerry A. Kane
    Tail-wagging love really does conquer all: James Wathen, a terminally-ill patient at Baptist Health Corbin in Corbin, Kentucky, had stopped eating and had become weak and frail. His condition kept deteriorating, and he was barely able to talk. Wathen managed to whisper to a nurse his wish to see his dog, Bubba, just one more time. The 73-year-old hadn’t seen his one-eyed Chihuahua with no bottom teeth since he arrived by ambulance at the Whitley County hospital six weeks earlier. “One of our social workers realized it was mourning the loss of the dog that was making our patient even...
  • Most U.S. Hospitals Cannot Safely Handle Ebola Patients

    10/15/2014 12:26:37 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 36 replies
    DCClothesline/The Most Important News ^ | 10-15-14 | Michael Snyder
    This Ebola outbreak is being called the “most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times“, and the U.S. health care system is completely and totally unprepared for it. The truth is that most U.S. hospitals are simply not equipped to safely handle Ebola patients, and most hospital staff members have received little or no training on Ebola. And the fact that Barack Obama and our top public health officials are running around proclaiming that Ebola is “difficult to catch” is giving doctors and nurses a false sense of security. There is a reason why Ebola has been classified as...
  • Urban Hospitals & Health Insurance: Making It Work

    10/04/2014 9:39:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/4/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Have you heard about the insurance company that provides free health coverage for the poor? Me neither. What about the hospital that provides free health care services to the poor? Of course, you say. Many of them do! Indeed, some of these hospitals even go bankrupt in the process. It is beyond the scope of this article to discern how economic values are set in a society, but rest assured that supply and demand are but one factor—especially in health care. Notably, health care is the most regulated industry in the country. With compliance comes massive additional costs, not to...
  • Dallas Ebola case spurs concern about hospital readiness

    10/03/2014 8:13:16 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/03/14 | Lena H. Sun, Brady Dennis and Elahe Izadi
    A CDC official said the agency realized that many hospitals remain confused and unsure about how they are supposed to react when a suspected patient shows up. The agency sent additional guidance to health-care facilities around the country this week, just as it has numerous times in recent months, on everything from training personnel to spot the symptoms of Ebola to using protective gear. Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which has treated several Ebola patients who were flown from West Africa, also has provided information and advice to dozens of hospitals, many of which are struggling with a lack of...
  • 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 · 4 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...