The PMD Critical List: Hospitals That Make You Sick

A new Consumer Reports ranking looks at the hospitals with the highest rates of Hospital-Associated Infections. That story tops this week's PMD Critical List. Also on the list, a look at how doctors can benefit from social media, and some last-minute advice for ICD-10.

A new Consumer Reports ranking looks at the hospitals with the highest rates of Hospital-Associated Infections. That story tops this week’s PMD Critical List. Also on the list, a look at how doctors can benefit from social media, and some last-minute advice for ICD-10.

12 Hospitals That Might Make You Sicker (Health.com)

About 1 in every 25 hospital patients gets sick from the hospital itself—mostly from infections. According to Consumer Reports new ranking of US hospitals, the following healthcare institutions have the highest contagion rates.

Physicians Turning to Patients for Donations (The New York Times)

A new survey of oncologists at the nation’s leading cancer centers shows that nearly 50% have been taught to identify wealthy patients who might be prospective donors. Is this “an ethical tightrope” or “an important source of resources when money is tight”?

5 Ways Physicians Can Benefit From Social Media (Global Healthcare)

Participation in social media can be tricky for doctors—balancing privacy and connectivity isn’t easily done. A new partnership between Google and Twitter might allow doctors to reach a much wider and more suitable audience.

The Doctor's Daughter (CBS News)

“They seemed like the perfect couple, the perfect marriage, and the perfect family really.” A blow-by-blow report about a prominent New York physician convicted of killing his wife. His daughter, who called 911, testified he was innocent.

Obamacare Gives Doctors a Raise (Forbes)

A new analysis shows that primary care physicians were up 3% in reimbursements last year thanks largely to expansion of health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The pay bump mostly comes from “treating patients with more complex medical conditions.”

EHR Fear & Loathing: Doctor Quotes (Becker’s Hospital Review)

"Imagine, in a world where a 2-year-old can operate an iPhone, you have graduate-educated physicians brought to their knees by electronic health records.” Plus more quotes illustrating just how much physicians can hate their EHR system.

The Misery of a Doctor's First Days (The Atlantic)

Here’s a compelling essay about the fatigue, emotional stress, and self-doubt that comes with medical residency. “They don’t want you to show any weakness,” says a young physician in training. “You almost need to be a robot.”

Some Final Tips on ICD-10 (Diagnostic Imaging)

It’s here—the complex new healthcare coding system known as ICD-10. But “it’s not time for physicians to panic. Rather, it’s time to pay attention and establish someone at your practice who will keep the process moving.”