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  • Safeguard Yourself Against Skin Cancer

    Skin cancer, or the abnormal growth of skin cells, is the most common cancer in the United States. Typically resulting from exposure to the sun, there are three primary types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. As you and your loved ones enjoy spending time outdoors this summer, remember to[…]

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    Medicare Cuts Payments to Worst-Performing Hospitals Nationwide

    Each year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reduce Medicare payments by 1% over a 12-month period to the worst-performing quartile (or 25%) of hospitals nationwide. These financial penalties are intended to incentivize hospitals to perform better and reduce preventable injuries, infections, and other types of problematic complications that Medicare patients experience. The[…]

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    What Types of Medical Mistakes Happen in Emergency Rooms?

    Hospital emergency rooms stabilize patients with serious medical problems and set them up for follow-up care. Emergency rooms can be chaotic, as patients arrive unexpectedly with life-threatening conditions. However, doctors and nurses in emergency rooms are still responsible for delivering a standard, acceptable level of care. Some studies show that medical mistakes are more likely[…]

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    Burnout Rates in Physician Assistants Endanger Vulnerable Patients

    Physician assistants (or physician associates) are mid-level medical workers who can diagnose illnesses, develop and manage treatment plans, and prescribe medications. In some cases, they act as principal providers for their patients. A recent study published in the journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) found that burnout in physician assistants is a[…]

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    Do Heart Devices Increase Patient Risk?

    Surgeons have been implanting heart devices in patients for more than 50 years. However, patients are often unaware that there are many risks associated with this type of surgery. In addition to the risk of infection, patients may suffer harm if the surgeon implants a device improperly or if the device itself is defective. There[…]

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