Category Archives: How-To for Patients

Admitted to Your Bedroom: Some Hospitals Try Treating Patients at Home

April 28, 2015

In response for the call to reduce the costs associated with health care, hospitals are trying new ways to treat patients without the higher costs by providing hospital-level treatment at

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Rants of a Patient Safety Advocate – True Story in the Emergency Room: The Emergency Room Dilemma

March 17, 2015

My friend and fellow advocate, Ilene Corina, wrote: “Just imagine walking into a supermarket and the carts are all sitting in the aisles so scattered you can barely get through.

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10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You…

January 10, 2015

Did you know that common objects like stethoscopes in a hospital can be contaminated with disease-causing germs?  Or that the best time to schedule surgery is during banking hours?  10

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When It Comes to Health Insurance, People Don’t Know What They Need

December 25, 2014

Earlier this month, Lisa Freeman wrote a guest blog on the Connecticut Health Foundation website sharing her view that the health care system is not giving our residents the necessary

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When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

August 17, 2014

NPR  by Leana Wen  August 17, 2014  –  The woman was sitting on a gurney in the emergency room, and I was facing her, typing. I had just written about

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The Battle Against Misdiagnosis: American doctors make the wrong call more than 12 million times a year.

August 8, 2014

The Wall Street Journal | By  Hardeep Singh, Aug. 7, 2014 7:16 p.m. ET  –  There is a new very sobering number out in the news today.  Twelve MILLION misdiagnoses a year. 

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How to be a good visitor at a nursing home

January 27, 2014

With flu season upon us, we need to remind ourselves of the following suggestions found in this APIC poster on how to be a good visitor at a nursing home.  But,

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Faster Assistance for Medicare Patients

August 27, 2013

The NY Times  The New Old Age Caring and Coping  August 23, 2013, By JUDITH GRAHAM    Just over a year ago, Medicare quality improvement organizations (Q.I.O.’s) across the country began

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Despite lists, experts disagree on the ‘best hospitals’

September 28, 2012

By Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY  September 28, 2012  –  Nearly 40% of consumers surveyed last year said they use hospital ratings to choose a health care facility, but there’s little

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Hospitals ‘Unaccountable,’ says surgeon in new book

September 18, 2012

USA TODAY | 9/18/2012 |Kim Painter   Most of us know how to comparison shop for a car, a home or the week’s groceries. But when it comes to picking hospitals

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