Hospital

12:54pm

Fri April 19, 2013
The Two-Way

CDC: U.S. Hospitals Should Be Vigilant For Bird Flu

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:57 pm

An H7N9 bird flu patient is escorted after his recovery and approval for discharge at a central China hospital on Friday.
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U.S. hospitals have been urged to be on the lookout for symptoms of bird flu among patients who have recently traveled to China, where a new strain of the virus has killed 17 people and infected more than 70.

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2:04pm

Tue April 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Quality Conundrum: Complications Boost Hospital Profits

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 3:35 pm

If he messes up, should the hospital profit?
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Hospitals can make much more money when surgery goes wrong than in cases that go without a hitch.

And that presents a problem for patients. The financial incentives don't favor better care.

"The magnitude of the numbers was eye-popping," says Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and an author of the study, which was just published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. "It was much larger than we expected."

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1:41am

Thu March 28, 2013
Planet Money

When A Famous Hospital Didn't Want An Expensive New Drug

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 8:03 am

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Last year, a new drug called Zaltrap was approved as a kind of last-chance therapy for patients with colorectal cancer. Studies suggested Zaltrap worked almost exactly as well as an existing drug called Avastin. In fact, the main difference between the two drugs seemed to be the price.

"I was rather stunned," Dr. Leonard Saltz, who specializes in colorectal cancer, told me.

Zaltrap costs about $11,000 per month — about twice as much as Avastin, Saltz said.

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4:13pm

Tue February 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

Should You Fear The 'July Effect' Of First-Time Doctors At Hospitals?

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 4:59 pm

It's unlikely that July patients are paying for residents' inexperience with their lives.
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It's an old joke, repeated every year around nurses' stations, examination rooms, and operating theaters: Whatever you do, don't get sick in July.

That's when hundreds of just-graduated medical students begin their residencies. The logic goes that, come summer, you're all but guaranteed to be treated by a novice physician, especially in teaching hospitals. Better to wait a few months, until the new docs have settled in a bit, to be seen about that suspicious lump.

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9:26am

Thu February 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Hospitals Clamp Down On Early Elective Births

Waiting may be hard, but it's worth it.
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For decades, doctors have been warned about the dangers of delivering babies early without a medical reason. But the practice remained stubbornly persistent.

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