Study Finds Doctors Perform Poorly When Patients are Rude

Trips to the hospital can be stressful for patients, and sometimes that stress manifests itself as misplaced hostility towards physicians. We might like to think that doctors are well-equipped to deal with rude, adversarial patients, but a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida suggests that rudeness can have devastating effects on… Read more »

NYC Health Department Wants to Improve Maternal Healthcare

The advancements made in medicine over the past century have drastically decreased the chances of complications during childbirth, especially maternal mortality. But despite the research and resources that are available, maternal mortality rates have actually increased since 1987. In December 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited that per every 100,000 live births… Read more »

CVS Releases Cheaper Alternative to the EpiPen

For people with severe allergies, self-administered epinephrine injectors like the EpiPen can be life-saving devices. Recently, however, the maker of the EpiPen received widespread criticism when it was revealed that the company had increased the price of the epinephrine injectors by more than 400 percent over a period of 12 years. These massive price hikes… Read more »

NYC Hospitals Receive Poor Safety Grades in National Survey

In 2016, nonprofit patient safety organization The Leapfrog Group conducted a nationwide survey of America’s hospitals that graded their safety records based on 30 different metrics including patient injuries, accidents and infections. The hospitals were assigned numerical scores which were later converted into letter grades. In total, more than 2,600 hospitals were graded in the… Read more »

Use Medicare’s Hospital Compare Tool to Your Advantage

Not all hospitals are created equal. Unfortunately, patients don’t always know which hospitals in their area have good reputations, and which ones are regarded less favorably. This can be especially problematic if you’ve just relocated to a new place and aren’t familiar with the local healthcare facilities. Fortunately, Medicare has created a tool to help… Read more »

Researchers Find Web-Based Tools Can Reduce Medical Errors

Modern medical treatment often involves a collaborative effort between multiple physicians and healthcare professionals. When patient care is handed-off from one clinician to another, possibilities arise for failures in communication that can ultimately lead to dangerous medical errors. A doctor might neglect to mention an allergy or drug sensitivity, for example. Healthcare experts know these… Read more »

Certificate of Need Laws Leave Patients with Fewer Options

Certificate of need laws refer to a program that state legislators put in place to govern the “establishment, construction, renovation and major medical equipment acquisitions of health care facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and diagnostic and treatment centers,” according to the New York State Department of Health. Basically, this means that… Read more »