The latest news on medical quality
In an emergency, doctors had better be able to find out fast if you're on a risky medication.
Drug interactions and unknown risks of new medications loom as a hazard for the aging U.S. population.
A scathing report on the Food and Drug Administration has created scarcely a ripple, says an expert commentator.
Physicians can't seem to break the dangerous habit of abbreviating when they write prescriptions.
For decades, Medicare has been reimbursing hospitals for their own mistakes. That's coming to an end.
Your first question should be: "How many have you done?"
Every year's release of the Best Hospitals rankings brings me an earful (or screenful or sometimes even an actual letterful) from patients or their families or friends who want to vent. This year is no different. Some complain that we left out a wonderful, caring, lifesaving hospital. More typically, they are upset because a certain hospital got in. They tell tales of breathtaking callousness—appointments to see a dying child repeatedly broken at one prominent hospital; a rude, arrogant physician at another high-ranked facility who ordered a woman and her ill mother off the premises.
We'd like them. Experts say we need them. So where are they?