Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• A new report from the ECRI institute found that patient-identification mix-ups in health care organizations is a much larger issue than previously thought and can lead to deadly consequences. Cases of patient identification errors included administering incorrect medications, not resuscitating a patient who did not have a DNR order on file, and an infant given breast milk from the wrong mother. The report urged all health care facilities to adopt a standardized protocol to verify patient identities. Read More
• An agency within the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday issued a rule that prevents any nursing home that receives federal funding from requiring that its residents resolve any disputes in arbitration, instead of court. Millions of elderly Americans across the country will be afforded new protections and be able to take disputes to court more easily. It is the most significant overhaul of the agency’s rules governing federal funding of long-term care facilities in more than two decades. Read More
• The Food and Drug Administration approved the first artificial pancreas on Wednesday, allowing patients with type-1 diabetes to hook up the device and skip the routine finger pricks to check their blood sugar. Many groups are working on similar systems aimed at alleviating diabetes patients of constantly having to check their blood sugar and delivering insulin. Read More
• Six health systems will test new federally-approved and winning designs for an easy-to-understand medical bill aimed to improve the patient billing experience. The Department of Health and Human Services challenged the health care and tech industry to develop a medical bill that’s easier for patients to understand. Complex medical bills are a major obstacle to both patient satisfaction and the collections process, as they tend to contain insider jargon that leaves patients confused as to the amount they owe and why. Read More
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