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.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has enough money to process veterans’ claims for pensions, compensation, education and vocational rehabilitation programs through late October, but a prolonged shutdown would suspend those programs once the money runs out.
Many former service members have access to health care through the VA, private insurance or other programs. But having so many choices can also lead to fragmented care.
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 study estimated that PTSD, which is often triggered by traumatic events that are commonplace in combat life, affects somewhere between 13 to 20 percent of the 2.6 million soldiers who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001.
A review of records at 29 Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals found that only half the nurses had documented proper skills to care for patients.
Many veterans on Medicaid qualify for the more generous benefits offered by the VA. Washington state’s program has helped these vets obtain those benefits while a the same time helped reduced costs for the state’s cash-strapped Medicaid program. Two state officials explain how the program works.
Medicare’s new Hospital Compare website allows you to compare hospitals side-by-side on a variety of patient safety and patient satisfaction measures. But are the comparisons fair?
The Army is facing a “critical” shortage of neurologists, partly because of recent policy changes designed to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries, according to a new military medical memorandum.
Two Seattle researchers who study the role the immune system has on the development of Type 1 diabetes have won national recognition for their work.
The Institutes of Medicine kicked off its yearlong study of cognitive rehabilitation therapy on Monday, a process that will help the Pentagon decide whether its health plan will cover the treatment for troops who have suffered brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan
Wounded congresswoman may receive cognitive rehabilitation therapy, a treatment that the Pentagon’s Tricare insurance plan denies to thousands of injured troops. Top brain specialists have endorsed the approach, but Tricare officials have said that scientific evidence does not justify providing it comprehensively to troops.
Community services for vets with PTSD. Spinal fluid test predicts Alzheimer’s disease. Hospitals and nursing homes found to be shortchanging staff on overtime pay.