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The Cost of Diagnostic Errors

The Cost of Diagnostic Errors A new study has found that diagnostic errors are the single largest source of successful malpractice claims. Furthermore, the study concludes that diagnostic errors have the unfortunate distinction of being the most dangerous, costly and...

Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits

Emergency room visits cost insurance providers a fortune, and quite often they’re unnecessary. In an age where scrutiny of the healthcare system is perhaps at an all-time high, there’s some less-than-great news being reported from the folks that keep score. According...

Personal Contact Reduces Readmission Rates

New research suggests that adding a personal touch to the doctor-patient relationship after discharge from the hospital may help to lower readmission rates of patients. This information comes courtesy of a trial program put together by three non-profit hospitals...

End of Life Care Improvements

End of Life Care Improvements According to a new report, Medicare patients are experiencing improvements in the end of life care that they receive. Specifically, beneficiaries who were chronically ill and in their last six months of life spent fewer days in the...

EMR and Mental Health

A recent study released in The International Journal of Medical Informatics suggests that the inclusion of a psychiatric patient’s psychiatric records within their electronic medical record can result in a decreased likelihood of their re-admittance to a hospital...

EMR Software and Malpractice

For any physician, the potential of having to address a malpractice claim represents a major area of concern. It is thus in the best interest of medical professionals everywhere to mitigate this risk wherever and whenever possible. Reduce Medical Malpractice A recent...

Anesthesia Documentation Lagging

A survey taken by the Academic Health Sciences Centre of Canada and published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine found wide-ranging inconsistencies between recorded anesthetic data. To conduct the survey, the research team provided questionnaires to four...

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