Should an Important Medical Mistake Tracking Program be Optional?

All of Oregon’s community hospitals have joined a government-coordinated effort to reduce and prevent medical errors that harm or kill patients. However, The Oregonian reports that the majority of pharmacies and nursing homes in Oregon are not bothering to report medical mistakes. Only about half of the state’s licensed surgery centers are reporting their errors.… Learn More »

Why is a doctor’s society funded by drug companies?

USA Today in conjunction with ProPublica has shed light on a troubling relationship between medical professional groups—which set national guidelines for treatments, lobby Congress, promote disease awareness, and provide treatment information for the public—and medical device and drug companies. The article uses the example of the Heart Rhythm Society, one of few medical groups that… Learn More »