Size and market share are the greatest differentiators between hospitals receiving low prices and high prices for inpatient care, according to a study published in the February issue of Health Affairs.
Data for quality measures have been added to Physician Compare, the website that helps consumers search for information about physicians, according to a report published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The US Preventive Services Task Force has found that the evidence is insufficient to evaluate the benefits and harms of multivitamins and most single- or paired-nutrient supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. The Task Force findings have been published in a final recommendation statement available online Feb. 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
The US Food and Drug Administration is to increase monitoring of drugs from pharmaceutical companies in India, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MD, said during a Friday afternoon news conference.
For men with prostate cancer who are under active surveillance, repeated biopsies are associated with increased risk of infectious complications, according to research published in the March issue of The Journal of Urology.
Patients who discuss weight loss with their physicians but do not feel judged may be more likely to attempt and succeed in losing weight, according to research published online Feb. 9 in Preventive Medicine.
For patients at low surgical risk undergoing ambulatory surgery, the rates of postsurgical visits for clinically significant surgical site infections are low relative to all-cause postsurgical visits, according to research published in the Feb. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 84% of wrong-site orthopedic surgery claims result in indemnity payments over a 10-year period, representing financially burdensome settlements.
The need for hospital physicians is growing, according to an article published Jan. 3 in Medical Economics.
Telemedicine offers a potential solution to the increased demand for physician-patient interaction, according to a report from a recent forum. The forum was hosted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, and the results of the discussion were published by the American Academy of Family Physicians.