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Hospitals inflate price of some services by 20 times or more, study says
Stephen FellerBALTIMORE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Huge price markups at hospitals, with some as large as 20 times the actual cost, are based on increasing revenue simply because they can, researchers say.
265 points by UPI | Johns Hopkins University Patient Hospital Public health Health care Johns Hopkins United Press International Johns Hopkins Hospital
Mount Sinai patient tests positive for Legionnaires’ disease
The legionnaires' bacteria that plagued the city last summer has returned again — this time in Mount Sinai Beth Israel.
124 points by Daily News | Patient Legionella Manhattan New York City The Bronx Water Infection Medicine
Vote on hospital contract approved
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved a three-year, $36 million contract to Dartmouth-Hitchcock for psychiatric hospitals to the state, including at the state hospital. New Hampshire Public Radio reports ( Wednesday's vote came as an independent investigation gets underway concerning a former patient's suicide. The patient ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | New Hampshire Hospital Psychiatric hospital Psychiatry Patient New England Manchester New Hampshire Involuntary commitment
Former physician assistant faces federal charges in opioid kickback scheme
A former physician assistant was paid more than $41,000 by a drug manufacturer in exchange for writing hundreds of prescriptions for a powerful fentanyl spray in New Hampshire, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Christopher Clough, 43, of Dover was arrested Friday and charged with conspirac...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Medical prescription Medicine Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal government of the United States Patient Health care Health care provider United States Department of Justice
Letter: Support single-payer
Support single-payerI write to thank Mike Bradley for his letter (Monitor Forum, March 18) in support of single-payer medical coverage for all. It is important for those who see this imperative to know we’re not alone, that we can and must keep the idea prominently in front of decision-makers. Even...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Health care Medicare Hospital Health insurance Health economics Illness Patient Health care provider
License of pot-friendly Illinois doctor placed on probation
CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois physician has reached an agreement with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation that limits his ability to make pot recommendations. In 2015, Illinois regulators contended Dr. Bodo Schneider charged patients for pot recommendations at offices in southern Illinois and suburban Chicago without a ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Physician Cannabis Patient Health care provider Tetrahydrocannabinol Cannabis sativa Legality of cannabis by country Medicine
State board to consider sanctions against Houston cancer doctor
The Texas Medical Board will decide next month whether to accept a staff recommendation to place a controversial Houston cancer doctor on probation and fine him $360,000 for violating state medical rules.
1 points by The Houston Chronicle | Physician Doctor-patient relationship Oncology Pleading Patient Legal terms Illness Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
New home health rules should help patients, but will they be delayed?

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Health care Health care provider Illness Health economics Medicine Patient Home care Physician
Portable heart assist pump working fine
The portable battery pack is the main difference between Templeton's situation and that of the others who have used a heart assist pump to help them survive until a donor heart was available for transplant. The left ventricular assist pump is surgically inserted into the patient's abdomen and is attached to the cardiovascular system, leaving the natural heart in place. Previous models of the device required that the patient be connected to the pump's pneumatic power source, an external console on wheels. The pump itself, called HeartMate and produced by Thermo CardioSystems Inc., has been used in 12 patients who later received heart transplants at Texas Heart Institute. The eventual goal is to develop an implantable, portable heart assist device that patients could wear on a long-term basis. Bud Frazier, director of heart institute's transplant program, said Templeton's size, (he once weighed close to 220 pounds) may make it difficult to find him a donor heart. Templeton would become the longest surviving recipient of an experimental battery-powered heart assistance pump at the time, a poster child for the technology's promise. Under the FDA's requirements for the trial, any patient receiving the HeartMate device had to stay in the hospital until a donor heart could be found, the best possible place should an emergency develop. In September, Templeton got his wish when the FDA gave approval for patients with the pump to leave the hospital while awaiting a transplant.
4 points by The Houston Chronicle | Blood Ventricular assist device Heart Artificial heart Cardiology Baylor College of Medicine Michael E. DeBakey Patient
Parker latest community to impose 12-plant limit per household on pot grows
Parker this week became the latest Colorado community to place a cap on the number of pot plants that can be cultivated at a residence, a move town officials said is necessary to reduce odor complaints and ensure grows do not cause electrical overloads and dangerous chemical storage.
62 points by The Denver Post | Front Range Urban Corridor Cannabis Tetrahydrocannabinol Colorado municipalities Cannabis sativa Patient Legality of cannabis by country Plant
Surgeons remove live cockroach from inside woman's skull
Ben HooperFeb. 7 (UPI) -- Doctors at a hospital in India removed a live cockroach from inside a woman's skull after the insect crawled up through her nostril.
-2 points by UPI | Skull United Press International Chennai Brain Nose Patient Physician Coming out
Hopkins to share surgical care methods with 750 other hospitals
The Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality will work with 750 U.S. hospitals to improve surgical care for patients under a federal contract that could be worth up to $16 million.Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine will share with other hospitals how they provide care to...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Hospital Physician Surgery Medicine Anesthesia Patient Peter Pronovost Surgeon
Poll shows nurses rank the highest at earning our trust
At the private practice where Susan VanBeuge works as a nurse practitioner, she and the practice’s physician complement each other. The physician, who often takes on a more clinical demeanor, introduces the nurse as the patient’s advocate and champion.
36 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Nursing Physician Nurse Patient Florence Nightingale Nurse education Healthcare occupations Diploma in Nursing
Heart device, now in testing stage, could reduce risks for transplant patients
Rob Gentile was dead for more than three minutes. At least, that's what he was told. He doesn't remember anything about the night he had a massive heart attack. Gentile, 57, slipped into a coma for four days after being resuscitated. He does remember waking up in the hospital last year and being...
45 points by Chicago Tribune | Cardiology Organ transplant Heart Ventricular assist device Myocardial infarction Patient Thorax Hospital
Man labeled 'just fat' by doctors actually had 130-pound tumor
It's not not a tumor.
992 points by Daily News | Physician Patient Benign tumor Hospital Cancer Surgery Neoplasm United States
First patients of revived program get heart transplants
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - As a young man lingered near death - his heart barely pumping, other organs also failing - about two dozen members of the University of Kansas Health System's multidisciplinary team debated what to do. Was he too sick for anything but palliative care? No one ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Organ transplant Heart transplantation Cardiology Ejection fraction Patient Surgery Cardiomyopathy Left ventricle
Thousands of seniors die within a week of ER discharge every year, study says
HealthDay News Each year, about 10,000 generally healthy U.S. Medicare patients die within seven days of discharge from a hospital emergency department, a new study contends.
28 points by UPI | Hospital Emergency department Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Urgent care Physician Medicine Patient United Press International
AHN developing new model for diabetes care with grant
Allegheny Health Network will use a $6 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to try to build a new healthcare model of care for diabetes that is more effective for the patient and economically more efficient for the insurers and providers, hospital officials said Friday at a news conference.
42 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Physician Hospital Vice President of the United States Emergency medical services Patient Primary care physician Paramedic President of the United States
New technique keeps donor lungs viable longer: Study
HealthDay News A technique that allows lungs destined for transplants to be preserved longer works well, a new Canadian study finds.
5 points by UPI | United Press International William Randolph Hearst News World Communications International News Service Pulmonology Cardiothoracic surgery Preservation Patient
Matter CEO: Chicago could become premier place for health care innovation
When Steven Collens looked at the health care scene in Chicago several years ago, he saw a place brimming with some of the biggest names in the business. The Chicago area has major pharmaceutical and device companies, hospitals, medical schools and associations. But he didn't see a community to...
526 points by Chicago Tribune | Health care Healthcare Entrepreneurship Health care provider Patient Illness Health informatics Medicine
Chase Brexton CEO leaves position after summer of discord
Richard Larison will step down as CEO of Chase Brexton Health Care at the end of the year. He said Tuesday that he would not renew his contract.His departure follows the recent acrimony between the community health care provider and its employees, which culminated in the unionization of its workforce....
667 points by Baltimore Sun | Health care provider Health care Healthcare Patient Medicine Illness Health Health economics
Air Force Academy medical clinic patients notified of potential health risks
More than 250 patients of the U.S. Air Force Academy's GI Clinic are being notified of potential health risks associated with recent procedures.
4 points by The Denver Post | Hospital Physician Risk management Winning Moves Patient Risk Potential Health care provider
Doctor accused of operating on wrong part of patient's body, officials say

1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Physician Medicine Doctor Who Patient Surgery Performance Health According to Jim
Nevada medical marijuana card processing moves online
Would-be medical marijuana users in Nevada will no longer have to endure a trip to the DMV when seeking a patient card ...
199 points by Las Vegas Sun | Nevada Hospital Patient Physician Carson City Nevada Doctor-patient relationship Las Vegas Strip Dispensary
Russian health minister saves woman's life on New York-bound flight
An airplane en route from Moscow to New York was forced to land in St. Petersburg after one of the passengers suffered a stroke. The woman was aided by the Russian health minister, who happened to be on the same flight. Read Full Article at
2505 points by Russia Today | Medicine Russia Heart Illness Patient Saint Petersburg The Incident Rossiya
Editorial: State must step up hospital safety
Regulators’ failure to find DMC problems shows state oversight of hospital safety isn’t working        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Medicine Surgery Hospital Detroit Patient Federal Bureau of Investigation Physician Inspection
Dentist charged with inappropriately touching patients
A Worcester dentist already charged with sexually assaulting one patient is facing allegations from two additional patients
-1 points by The Boston Globe | Battery Assault Assault occasioning actual bodily harm Assault Physician Female Felony Patient
After layoffs, N.H. Hospital chief medical officer will resign early next year
Following the recent news of layoffs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Folks announced he is leaving the hospital in Jan. 2017.Folks has been chief medical officer at the state psychiatric hospital since 2008 and is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock em...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire Physician Medicine Surgery Patient Hospital Dartmouth College Doctor-patient relationship
Walgreens offers dermatology consultations online
Walgreens customers can now get dermatologists' opinions on their bumps, lumps and red spots without leaving their homes.The Deerfield-based drugstore chain announced Monday that it's offering so-called teledermatology services — dermatological consultations done through technology.Customers can...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Medicine Dermatology Teledermatology Hospital Physician Specialty Telemedicine Patient
Study suggests women, minorities may be undertreated for ischemic strokes
If you’re having an ischemic stroke, it’s crucial that you get to a hospital fast so you can be treated with a clot-busting medicine. And to improve your odds of getting that medicine, it helps to be a white man.
21 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Stroke Tissue plasminogen activator Hospital Patient Myocardial infarction Hypertension Thrombolysis Hematology
Man reports being drugged, raped, and marginalized

327 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Rape Human sexual behavior Sexual intercourse Sexual assault Patient Police Assault Crime
Militants Dressed as Doctors Attack a Kandahar Hospital
The hourlong firefight was the latest incident in a hospital in Afghanistan, one of the most dangerous countries for aid workers.
-1 points by The Wall Street Journal | Hospital Physician International Committee of the Red Cross Patient International Security Assistance Force
Tongi disaster exposes a weakness in Bangladesh’s health sector
The Tongi factory disaster has exposed a serious weakness in the government’s health system in Bangladesh.
382 points by | Hospital Public hospital Hospitals Patient Sir Salimullah Medical College Physician Government Health insurance
Writing a ‘Last Letter’ When You’re Healthy
A Stanford University project guides people — healthy or not — to write a letter to their loved ones so they won’t have regrets at the end of life.
10 points by The New York Time | Family Writing Patient Mother Illness Orthography ILOVEYOU Gratitude
Federal appeals court upholds Las Vegas urologist’s conviction for reusing medical devices
A federal appeals court Friday upheld the conviction of Las Vegas urologist Michael Kaplan for reusing equipment meant for single use in medical procedures.
4 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Appeal United States Medicine Trial Illness Patient Appellate court Court