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.
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.
“When faced with a diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD), people often and understandably feel overwhelmed because it can lead to end-stage renal failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant for the patient to survive,” says Valley Medical Center nephrologist Dr. Vilma Quijada. “But it’s very important to remember that there are ways to prevent the progression of CKD once an initial diagnosis has been made.”
What’s the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity? How are these conditions diagnosed, and how are they treated? Lola O’Rourke, a registered dietician at Valley Medical Center explains.
One of the most important recent advances in women’s health is a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), writes Valley Medical Center pediatrician Dr. Monica Richter.
A Celebration of Life will held Wednesday, August 29th at the Valley Medical Center’s Healing Garden for Barbara Mitchell, who passed away August 8th at the age of 66.
It can be tempting to ditch your workouts while you’re away on a summer trip; but it’s easy to maintain your health while on the road, says Valley Medical Center Fitness Instructor Katie Shimer.
To help you stay fit try these quick and simple exercise tips on your next trip
As chief of staff, Dr. Lund presides over meetings of the medical staff, and serves as chairman of the Medical Executive Committee. His position also includes representing the views, policies and grievances of the medical staff to Valley Medical Center’s Administration, Board and CEO.
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?
Magazine also rates the three Seattle hospitals and Seattle Children’s as some of the best in the nation.