Nurses Plan Walkout, Fatal Medication Errors Spike in July, and Medical Debts to Be Expunged from Credit Reports?

July is the month when the new residents arrive at the teaching hospitals: Fatal medication errors spike by 10 percent in counties with a high number of teaching hospitals, but stay the same in areas without teaching hospitals.

Two new studies: Hospital readmission rates are from 14% to 29% lower for enrollees in Medicare Advantage plans. These are the plans that are going to lose 7½ million members to traditional Medicare because of health reform.

Hospital doing gene research will inform patients about what they discover. This is considered a controversial break with traditional protocol.

Bills: Credit reports would have to expunge medical debts. If they are paid or settled, that is.

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  1. Stephen C. says:

    Results on MA plans reaffirm what you have been sayinga at this blog all along. The Health plans that are doing the most to lower cost and raise quality are the ones Obmam wants to put out of business.

  2. Tom H. says:

    Like your first item. When is the last time anyone ever heard of US doctors walking out?

  3. Nancy says:

    Sounds like July is not a good time to enter a teaching hospital. If you are a patient, that is.

  4. Bruce says:

    How nice of the researchers to inform the patients of what they find when they muck around in the patient’s DNA. Hard to believe this is controversial. Whose DNA is it anyway?

  5. artk says:

    Medicare Advantage is hugely profitable. It cost’s the federal government more then standard Medicare. Many patients find it’s more costly then standard Medicare. For once, I’d like to see a study comparing MA with standard Medicare that isn’t funded by the insurance industry