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Hospital Infections Less Likely at Rural Hospitals, New Federal Report Says

According to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services, healthcare-associated infections are less likely to occur at hospitals in rural areas than hospitals in urban areas. Healthcare-associated infections include surgical site infections… Read More

New Study Contradicts Hospital Quality Ratings from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

New research reveals that hospitals that have high readmission rates have lower mortality rates for patients with certain conditions, which contradicts data from hospital ratings done by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Researchers… Read More

Many West Virginia Hospitals Rated Below Average in New Hospital Ratings

Most hospitals in West Virginia were rated as average or below average in the new hospital quality star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).   The CMS created the ratings to inform patients about the quality of care they can… Read More

20 Percent of Discharged Patients Leave with Unstable Vital Signs

A new University of Texas study found that almost 20 percent of adult hospital patients are discharged with unstable vital signs. Thirteen percent of these patients died or were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Ten percent of patients were… Read More

30 Percent of Rehab Hospital Patients Suffer Harm

A government report found that nearly 30 percent of people on Medicare who spent time at an inpatient rehab facility suffered medication errors , hospital-acquired infections or other care-related harm. The report from the Department of Health and Human… Read More

Study: Hygiene Monitoring Reduces Infections at Hospitals

According to a new study, using electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems caused a 42 percent reduction in hospital-acquired infections in one South Carolina healthcare system. Hospital-acquired infections are caused by a lack of hygiene compliance and… Read More

Most Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Tied to Doctors With Multiple Claims

According to a new study conducted by Stanford researchers, nearly one-third of all medical malpractice lawsuit s are associated with just one percent of all physicians. The small percentage of doctors responsible for the staggering number of lawsuits… Read More

Medicare Penalizing WV Hospitals With High Injury and Infection Rates

In 2015, Medicare determined that six West Virginia hospitals had overall rates of hospital-acquired infections and injuries that were excessively high. As a result, Medicare will be cutting payments to these facilities in an effort to spur improvements… Read More

Commonly Misdiagnosed Medical Conditions

Patients across the country trust medical professionals to accurately diagnose and treat their medical conditions. However, quite shockingly, many conditions are often misdiagnosed. In fact, most Americans will experience one or more medical diagnostic… Read More

1 out of 2 Surgeries Performed Involve Medication Errors

A new study regarding common medical malpractice mishaps has uncovered shocking data that shows medication errors occur in approximately half of all surgeries performed. Even worse, one-third of these errors harm patients or cause adverse drug side-effects.… Read More

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