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An article in The Boston Globe reports that “Massachusetts hospitals are reporting more errors during surgery and invasive procedures.” Errors in hospitals have increased despite a decade-long campaign and new safety protocols, like checklists, to reduce these mistakes. Safety experts say the number of...
An article in The New York Times discusses a pair of recent studies showing that many doctors misreport their patients' cause of death. One of the studies found "that heart disease is overreported as a cause of death, while diseases like pneumonia and cancer tend to be underreported." The other study...
An article in Bloomberg News reports that "states from Washington to New York are putting privacy at risk by selling records that can be used to link a person’s identity to medical conditions using public information." While hospitals pledge to keep a patient’s health background confidential, many...