Until recently, it has been virtually impossible for patients to gather information that allows them to compare the quality of care that hospitals provide.  Now there is Hospital Care.  This website, which is hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, provides scores for more than 30 measures of care and service.  CMS officials hope that the website will encourage hospitals to improve their quality of care.  There is another laudatory benefit to the website, however.  It helps patients compare hospitals against other hospitals on issues such as how each hospital treats certain health conditions and which medical procedures each hospital performs.  This information enables patients to make better hospital care decisions.
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Medical malpractice seems to be a rising epidemic among not only American medical institutions but abroad as well. In Italy, a criminal organization has been hard at work doing just that. The organization would sell fake nursing diplomas. Apparently the criminals would loan "wanna be" nurses, looking for a higher payday, one of these fake diplomas for around 15,000 Euros or $19,000 dollars. The criminal organization would also require the clients to go through some very basic training as not to ruin the operation through complete incompetence. Fortunately, the lack of experience finally brought the crime ring's operation down as doctors finally began to notice. Here in the U.S. there have been several cases of malpractice as well. We have all heard the horror stories of individuals who get the wrong limbs amputated or go in for surgery and end up getting the wrong organ removed. These stories are the most remembered but are not all that common, nonetheless malpractice for things such as wrong diagnosis and accidental death are. There are some startling statistics on malpractice; some 44,000 to 88,000 cases get filed each year. Malpractice to some degree is just natural human error as the medical system will never be perfect because humans are not perfect, but there are certainly things that can be done to improve the system. One of the things that need to be addressed is the grueling schedule worked by new resident doctors. A poll said that the longest average shift worked by those in residency was 37.6 hours with most working over eighty hours a week on average. The sleep deprivation by new residents is what is raising concern as this obviously affects the individual's ability to think and perform at an optimum level. The next time you go to the doctor and he looks sleepy consider rescheduling your appointment. Click here to read the full article yourself on the payday loan money blog at Personalmoneystore.com.
by Kevin G December 16, 2008 at 03:40 AM
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