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Can protecting patients be made recession-proof? (Patient Safety Congress annual meeting)
Protecting patients from harm is medicine's bedrock goal, but the resources required to do so have never come cheaply. With the recession taking its toll on the health sector, doctors and other medical professionals who have tackled problems ranging from hospital-acquired infections to patient falls find their efforts increasingly scrutinized on dollars-and-cents grounds. Ninety percent of hospital CEOs have cut administrative expenses, staff and services amid the recession, according to a survey of more than 1,000 chief executives released in April by the American Hospital Assn. More than three-quarters said they cut capital spending and nearly half scaled back ongoing projects. The moves come at a time when hospitals already are facing a changing payment landscape. For example, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and many private payers have cut or stopped paying for "never events," such as wrong-site surgeries. President Obama has proposed bundling payments for hos [Read more]
Half of parents misinterpret OTC cough and cold medication labels
The Food and Drug Administration in January 2008 advised parents to avoid giving over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to children younger than 2 because potential overdosing risks outweigh the symptom-relieving benefits. But a new study found that many parents are confused by medication labels that say "infant" or display child-friendly graphics such as pictures of teddy bears. Looking at the front of the package, 86% of 182 caregivers surveyed thought the drugs were appropriate for infants, according to the study, published in the June issue of Pediatrics (pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/123/6/1464/). When asked to review the entire package, 51% thought it would be OK to give the medicine to a 13-month-old child with cold symptoms despite a label warning that a doctor should be consulted before using the drug in a child younger than 2. More than 80% of caregivers -- most of whom were mothers -- already were using cough and cold medications for their infa [Read more]
Number of retail clinics shrinking; growth slows as partnerships sought with hospitals
Projections that showed there would be 2,500 retail clinics operating by 2010 are coming up short as the industry has seen more clinic closings than openings in recent months. MinuteClinic, the first and largest retail clinic chain, now owned by CVS, closed 100 of its clinics for the summer, leaving 452. In two years, the number of clinics housed in Wal-Mart dropped from almost 80 to 30. The retail giant recently acknowledged it would not reach the goal it set in 2007: having 400 retail clinics in operation by 2010. Despite high satisfaction among patients who use retail clinics, investors have found the industry is slow to turn a profit. Many clinics were forced to close when they ran out of cash and were unable to shoulder the financial losses. Analysts say the current dip doesn't mean the demise of the industry. But it may indicate it's time to change strategy. Many analysts believe the key to sustainability will be clinics partnering with hospitals that are better prepa [Read more]
Landmark Massachusetts health reforms showing cracks in access, coverage
Health system reform is hitting a few snags in Massachusetts at a time when many policymakers are eyeing the state for clues as to how federal reform efforts could play out. A lawsuit by Boston Medical Center alleges that the state has significantly underfunded the safety net hospital to finance expansions of Massachusetts' 2006 universal coverage initiative. Meanwhile, budget shortfalls threaten coverage for legal immigrants and others insured under the reforms. The BMC lawsuit, filed July 15 in Suffolk Superior Court, accuses the Executive Office of Health and Human Services of illegally cutting the hospital's Medicaid payments and redistributing the money. It also alleges that health officials inappropriately funded new coverage expansions by diverting a portion of money set aside to maintain safety net hospital funding levels during the transition to the universal program. BMC serves the lion's share of the state's Medicaid patients, as well as a significant portion of the [Read more]
Many hospitals cut back on infection-control efforts
Hospital-associated infections annually kill an estimated 100,000 people and add $20 billion to the nation's health care bill. The increasing prevalence of multidrug-resistant organisms, state infection reporting mandates and the looming threat of an influenza A(H1N1) pandemic have made the job of preventing infections and controlling their spread that much harder. But amid the worst recession in decades, hospitals are cutting back wherever they can, and infection-control professionals report that their departments are not being spared. Four in 10 infection control professionals, who now prefer to be called "infection preventionists," said they have seen staffing or resource cuts in the last 18 months, according to survey results released in June by the Assn. for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology Inc. "We have made tremendous strides in infection prevention over the last few years," APIC CEO Kathy L. Warye said at a news conference. "Institutions are setting am [Read more]
New York physicians want possible Health Net deal scrutinized
After a news report indicated that New York City-based EmblemHealth was set to buy Health Net's business in the Northeast, the Medical Society of the State of New York sent letters to state regulators raising objections to the takeover. Citing an already-concentrated market where EmblemHealth's Group Health Inc. and HIP Health Plan of New York are already large players, medical society executives asked New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and Eric R. Dinallo, superintendent of the state insurance department, to "closely scrutinize" the deal, first reported May 28 by the Hartford Courant. EmblemHealth spokeswoman Ilene Margolin declined to comment on the potential purchase. Health Net spokeswoman Amy Sheyer said the company doesn't comment on market speculation. But she did say the company was still in the midst of its "strategic review," the company's term for its efforts to sell off business outside of California. Health Net, a for-profit, publicly traded company based near [Read more]
Drugmakers agree to reduce medication costs for seniors
Washington President Obama announced that a key Democratic lawmaker had made a deal with brand-name drug manufacturers to decrease seniors' drug spending by $80 billion over the decade, in part by reducing the amount that Medicare Part D enrollees are expected to pay during a gap in government coverage. Obama unveiled the agreement by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America at a June 22 White House event. It also featured Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D, Mont.), who brokered the deal with PhRMA. Few of the specific details of the agreement were made immediately available after the announcement, but one major element will be additional assistance for seniors who fall in the Medicare drug benefit's "doughnut hole." This coverage gap occurs after initial government Part D subsidies run out and before a catastrophic benefit kicks in, during which time enrollees must pay all of their drug costs in addition to any monthly premiums. PhRMA has pledged to pro [Read more]
Medical debt increasingly cited as factor in bankruptcies
Nearly two-thirds of bankruptcies in early 2007 were due in part to medical debt -- an increase of more than 20% since 2001 -- according to a national study of more than 2,000 cases. Of those who filed for bankruptcy due in part to medical debt, 92% had debt of more than $5,000 or 10% of their income, according to "Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study," published in the May 18 issue of the American Journal of Medicine. The study is based on questionnaires returned by 2,314 debtors, plus court records and phone interviews. The study is a follow-up to a similar 2001 analysis based on bankruptcy filings in five states. The earlier study found that medical problems contributed to at least 46.2% of bankruptcies in those states. The newer study -- which required larger debts to label a bankruptcy as medically related -- found that the bankruptcies of 62.1% of people who filed between Jan. 25 and April 11, 2007, were at least partly related to medic [Read more]
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