Efforts to improve health care quality and safety are mostly missing one significant source of concern: diagnostic errors, according to a report Tuesday from the Institute of Medicine. Improving Diagnosis in Health Care is the fourth in a series of IOM reports on patient safety.
In this Sept. 22 report, the IOM said that about 5 percent of U.S. adults who seek outpatient care experience a diagnostic error each year. Diagnostic errors contribute to about 10 percent of patient deaths, and account for about 6 percent to 17 percent of adverse events in hospitals. Continue reading
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2013 and 2014Population Without Health Insurance Coverage by State: 2013 and 2014 (Click to enlarge.)
For the past two months, new data on the rate of the uninsured in the United States have reached what appear to be historic levels.
Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest numbers, reporting that the percentage of Americans who were uninsured last year dropped by 2.9 percentage points from 2013, the largest percentage-point decline since 2008.
In an article for Kaiser Health News, Julie Rovner went further, quoting Paul Fronstin, director of health research for the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The decline of almost 3 percent is, “probably the biggest drop ever,” Fronstin said. Continue reading
In the age of big data and large datasets available through the CDC, the NIH, and other entities, it helps to know what to do with all that information. One tool for manipulating it – especially since so much is provided in CSV files that easily open in spreadsheets – is Excel.
Consider, for example, data on vaccinations from the National Immunization Survey. The CDC has downloadable data sets going back for nearly two decades. A journalist might want to look for trends in that data, such as changes in coverage in a particular state or changes in uptake for particular vaccines. But once you get all that data downloaded, what do you do with it to look for those trends, especially if you don’t know much about Excel? Continue reading
Twelve journalists have been chosen for the inaugural class of the AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research. The fellowship program was created with support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to help reporters and editors produce more accurate in-depth stories on medical research and how medical decisions are made.
The fellows will gather in Washington, D.C., the week of Oct. 11 for a series of presentations, round tables, hands-on database sessions and interactions with researchers.
Read more to find who the fellows are and some examples of the sessions they will participate in.
World experts in aging for the first time are recommending that everyone age 70 and older have routine brain health screenings.
At a recent conference of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, in St. Louis, a consensus panel examined the importance of early recognition of impaired cognitive health. They concluded that annual memory and reasoning ability evaluation by a physician or health provider is an important step toward enhancing brain health for aging populations throughout the world.
Update: This webcast has been postponed. We will update with a new date and time ASAP.
OK, I just realized the title for this blog post surely marks me as not a millennial.
But a growing body of research has been looking at this core group of young U.S. adults and their behavior when it comes to birthrates and other health-related issues as well as what that may mean for the nation’s future population. Continue reading
Thanks to a variety of antiretroviral medications available, especially the widely used HAART combination therapy, those who contracted HIV/AIDS from the 1990s on and have been able to maintain drug compliance, are aging longer with the disease, something that is recognized with National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day each year on Sept. 18. Continue reading
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Back in May, reporters in Florida stayed busy covering the nightmarish story of a Jacksonville dentist under investigation for Medicaid fraud by the state attorney general’s office.
Howard S. Schneider, who made nearly $4 million from Medicaid over five years, according to state records, gave up his license in the wake of allegations that he had overtreated and abused children. Continue reading
Aging. We all do it; some better than others.
Why do some people keep going strong into their 90s and beyond, while others become frail, infirm, or lose cognitive ability while still a “young-old?” To report on aging is to open a Pandora’s box of related issues, from care delivery to policy matters; insurance, finance, housing, nutrition, family relationships, technology … you name it and chances are there’s a story angle on aging. Continue reading
Please welcome these new professional and student members to AHCJ. All new members are welcome to stop by this post’s comment section to introduce themselves.
- Owen Agnew, student, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Brooklyn, N.Y. (@owenagnew)
- Paula Andalo, senior managing editor, HolaDoctor Inc., Silver Spring, Md. (@paula_andalo)
- Jeffrey Bendix, senior editor, Medical Economics, North Olmsted, Ohio
- Eric Boodman, reporter, The Boston Globe, STAT, Somerville, Mass.
- Paula Cohen, managing editor, CBSNews.com, New York
- Kay Colby, health producer, WVIZ/PBS, WCPN/NPR, ideastream, Cleveland
- Lauren Cooper, investigative content manager, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, N.Y.
- Sharon Dunten, independent journalist, Atlanta (@sharondunten)
- Karl Eisenhower, health editor, Real Clear Health, Washington, D.C.
- Alison Fitzgerald, correspondent, National Public Radio, Takoma Park, Md.
- Mia Garchitorena, student, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Astoria, N.Y.
- Leila Haghighat, student, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, Calif.
- Greg Harman, independent journalist, San Antonio (@gharman)
- Marlene Harris-Taylor, medical editor/health writer, The Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio (@marlenetaylor48)
- Ashley Lewis, student, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Astoria, N.Y.
- Berkeley Lovelace, student, Missouri School of Journalism, Overland Park, Kan. (@Blovelace_Jr)
- Erin Mershon, reporter, Politico, Washington, D.C. (@Emershon)
- Emily Mongan, staff writer, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, Evanston, Ill. (@emmongan)
- Catherine Nellist, editor, pediatric news, Frontline Medical Communications, Rockville, Md.
- Matthew Perrone, health reporter, The Associated Press, Washington, D.C.
- Charles Piller, west coast editor, STAT, Oakland, Calif. (@cpiller)
- Catherine Roberts, student, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Ridgewood, N.Y. (@catharob)
- Keith Robinson, CEO/chief health news anchor, America Talks Health with Dr. Keith Robinson, Houston
- Ana Rodriguez, student, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Helina Selemon, student, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Brooklyn, N.Y. (@HeyHelina)
- Levi Sharpe, student, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Brooklyn, N.Y. (@levisharpe)
- John Tozzi, reporter, Bloomberg Businessweek, New York (@jtozz)
- Joy Weinberg, publisher and editor-in-chief, Honest Health News, New York (@honesthealthnws)
- Nancy Wride, independent journalist, Long Beach, Calif. (@Nwride)
- Morgan Young, student, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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