Domestic violence and abuse is a national and global healthcare problem with massive consequences, affecting men, women, and children. Awareness, recognition, and resource allocation, in addition to trauma management, is an important aspect of emergent care of the trauma patient possibly injured in a domestic violence incident.
U.S. physician practices in four common specialties spend, on average, 785 hours per physician per year and $15.4 billion annually dealing with the reporting of quality measures, according to a new study.
President Obama’s recent announcement that he is changing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to allow reporting of patients with mental health issues drew acclaim from gun control advocates, but the effect on healthcare providers was not clear.
Reporting of adverse events, near misses, and patient safety concerns might be improved by providing a way for employees to report anonymously. One hospital has seen significant improvements after employing such a system.