This prospective cohort of 651 general medical admissions found that 36% had a medication reconciliation error on admission, over half of which would have required an intervention or monitoring to prevent harm. Age >65 and increasing numbers of medications increased the likelihood of a discrepancy, but the presentation of a medication list or bottles decreased the likelihood of a discrepancy. In older patients with multiple medications, medication lists or bottles can reduce the likelihood of a discrepancy (and harm) and should be sought after (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 […]