More hospitals are receiving penalties than bonuses in the second year of Medicare’s quality incentive program, and the average penalty is steeper than it was last year.
Over the past few years, Washington state’s liberal voters have been on quite a roll. Same-sex marriage? Approved. Assisted suicide? Check. Legalized pot? That too. Strong abortion protections? Those have been in place for decades. Now, though, the state finds itself in the middle of a trend that hardly anyone there ever saw coming: a wave of mergers and alliances between Catholic hospital chains and secular, taxpayer-supported community hospitals.
Some hospital executives in Washington are paid over a million dollars a year. How much is too much? And who should decide?
A new website, www.hospitalinspections.org, includes detailed reports of hospital violations dating back to January 2011, searchable by city, state, name of the hospital and key word.
If your doctor is on the “Dollars for Docs” list, he or she received money from one of the drug companies for promotional activities or consulting. Payments are legal, so it doesn’t mean your doctor has done anything wrong. But research has shown that drug company marketing can influence what a doctor prescribes, and some experts say it is cause for concern.
The Leapfrog Group’s hospital safety rankings list this year gives: Seattle’s Northwest, VM, Swedish Ballard and Swedish First Hill hospitals “A”s. UW Medical Center, Swedish Cherry Hill, and Harborview were give “C”s — though some dispute the group’s rankings.
Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center will cover a cochlear implant surgery live, displaying images from the operation on the online photo website Instagram while narrating the procedure simultaneously on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
Runners, walkers, volunteers and other supporters will be treated to a post-event celebration featuring a tribute to ovarian-cancer survivors, complimentary refreshments and other freebies, music, a random prize drawing, and distribution of the overall race awards.
Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center will open a new cancer center that will provide services tailored specifically for women — next Tuesday, June 5th.
The 23,600-square-foot True Family Women’s Cancer Center will occupy the fifth and sixth floor of the medical center’s Arnold Pavilion at 1221 Madison on Swedish’s First Hill campus.
The goal is to bring the [...]
Swedish Medical Center’s Organ Transplant’s living kidney donor team will talk about the living kidney donor process and a panel of living kidney donors will discuss their personal experience with being a living donor.
Chef Eric Eisenberg, executive chef at Swedish Medical Center, has come up with some healthy holiday drinks to help those watching their weight get through the season’s celebrations.
Seattle’s Swedish Neuroscience Insitute will live stream a deep brain stimulation surgery for essential tremor online tomorrow morning, Friday, December 16th.
Swedish Medical Center’s First Hill Hospital and Virginia Mason Medical Center both make the “Top Hospital” list put out each year by The Leapfrog Group, a health-quality improvement group.