In this prospective cohort in a tertiary care ED, researchers found over half of ED patients (59%) experienced at least 1 medication error, most of which occurred during prescribing (54%) or administration (35%). Patients boarded in the ED had twice the risk of a medication error than those not boarded, which is a very vulnerable time for patients, as they are changing provider teams, and are pending a final location. Patients boarded in the ED should be targeted for medication error reduction programs (abstract).
The question of appropriate ward garb is a problem for the ages. Compared to photo stills and films from the 1960s, the doctors of today appear like vagabonds. No ties, no lab coats, and scrub tops have become the norm for a number (a majority ?) of hospital-based docs—and even more so on the surgical […]
Prices from a chargemaster are “what a drunken billionaire would pay a hospital if his wife were not around to control the bastard.” — Uwe Reinhardt You might be asking why such an outlandish quote? Last week CMS proposed* to change the way patients see the costs of hospital bills. So what you might utter. […]
“Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders has risen to more than 170,000 today from roughly 70,000 in 2008.” “The AMA owns the copyright to CPT, the code used by doctors. It publishes coding books and dictionaries. It also creates new codes when doctors want to charge for a new procedure. It levies a […]