This large multi-center cohort derived and validated a model to predict the risk of an adverse drug reaction (ADR) among hospitalized patients > age 65. They found the strongest predictors were previous ADR and number of medications, followed by liver disease, renal disease, 4+ conditions, or heart failure. Those prescribed 5 or more drugs had about double the risk of an ADR, and those prescribed more than 8 drugs had about a 4 fold risk of an ADR. The overall AUC of the model was 0.70. Poly-pharmacy in hospitalized elderly patients substantially increases the risk of an ADR (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 […]