A multicenter, one-day prevalence, prospective, observational, double-blind study in 19 ICUs revealed that the decisionmaking capacity of ICU patients was widely overestimated by all clinicians as compared with a capacity score measured by the Mini-Mental Status Examination and the Aid to Capacity Evaluation.
An essential part of delivering critical preventive services to youth includes discussing confidentiality and private time (without a parent in the room) between adolescents and young adults and their healthcare provider to build trust and promote optimal health and well-being.
Improper financial relationships led to lawsuits and indictments
October 27, 2016
The nonprofit hospital system Broward Health in Florida recently agreed to pay $70 million to settle allegations that it engaged in “improper financial relationships” under laws prohibiting kickbacks for patient referrals.
More hospitals are finding that the strategic use of physician assistants can improve quality and patient satisfaction without adding a financial burden. These physician extenders can reduce readmissions and improve ED efficiency, recent advocates say.
Having the right set of ED physicians will reduce the need for specialist coverage, says Pascal Crosley, DO, vice president of CEP America and medical director at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD. The more experienced and skilled that the ED physicians are, the less often they will need to call in specialists, he says.
Getting physicians to critique their colleagues has always been a challenge, but in recent years challenged physicians have increasingly used expensive litigation and claims of antitrust violations to defend themselves. That has made some physicians even more reluctant to participate in peer review, but there are solutions.