Malpractice Data: Diagnostic Errors Biggest Cause of Patient Deaths

Posted On : October 6, 2014,   Time : 10:29 pm

Diagnostic errors comprised not only the biggest cause of patient deaths, but the largest number of lawsuits and related payouts as well, according to a study of cases from the National Practitioner Databank. The study, which was published in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety, concluded diagnostic errors were linked to the deaths of patients more than 40 percent of the time. Such errors also comprised nearly 29 percent of all medical malp

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Demand For Medical Second Opinions On The Rise

Posted On : October 6, 2014,   Time : 10:23 pm

Second opinions are becoming increasingly in demand by employers as they seek to cut their medical costs. The trade publication Business Insurance has reported that the cost of seeking a second opinion -- usually less than $1,000 -- easily pays for itself if it winds up countermanding a first opinion to undergo a specialty treatment or surgery. Misdiagnoses are found in about 20 percent of all medical cases that are referred for a second opinion, according to data that has been compiled on the subject. In some cases, such as for spinal fusion surgeries, the savings can be $150,000 or more. To learn more about how your bus

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Telemedicine Could Save Healthcare System $6 Billion a Year

Posted On : October 2, 2014,   Time : 8:40 am

A new study by the national consulting firm Towers Watson concludes that more employers are seeking telemedicine options for their workers in a belief that it will be more time efficient and save money. According to Bloomberg BNA, the use of telemedicine by companies could save the U.S. healthcare industry $6 billion a year. “This strikes me as the kind of thing that in the long run will be beneficial to both employees and employers i

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Up To a Third Of All Knee Replacement Surgeries May Be Unnecessary

Posted On : October 2, 2014,   Time : 8:29 am

A new study suggests that as many as one-third of all knee replacement surgeries are unnecessary. According to Modern Healthcare, a leading trade journal, researchers studied the medical records of 175 patients who underwent a knee replacement surgery, assigning a number of criteria to determine whether they were good candidates for the procedure. The criteria included the extent of damage to the knee, the patients’ age, and the extent of any arthritis. But 60 of those patients -- a full 34 percent -- were not considered good candidates to have their knees replaced. “It seems reasonable to question whether (knee repl

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Many Medical Practices Still Can’t Share Electronic Medical Records

Posted On : October 1, 2014,   Time : 4:24 pm

Medical practices and hospitals across the country are investing billions of dollars to install sophisticated electronic medical record systems. Yet despite all the money being spent, in many instances the various systems do not talk to one another. That is the case with Dr. Raghuvir B. Gelot, an eye, nose and throat specialist who practices in North Carolina. The New York Times has reported that he cannot

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