The Commonwealth Fund has released two new issue briefs on high-need patients, aiming to better understand the characteristics of these patients instead focusing on costs alone.

The Mayo Clinic tops the 2016-17 U.S. News and World Report best hospitals list, which has been expanded to include 20 facilities on its “honor roll” based on 25 different specialties, procedures and conditions.

In the first national survey on health care services in prisons conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the agency found some inconsistency in how care is provided to a population which has higher rates of mental illness, chronic conditions and infectious diseases.

A study, published by Health Affairs, has found that when healthcare systems implement prescription drug monitoring databases, the rate of prescriptions for Schedule II opioids at an office visit for pain dropped by 30 percent. 

A study published by JAMA Ophthalmology has found that the number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050, according to projections based on the most recent census data and from studies funded by the National Eye Institute.

Senate Finance Committe Republicans say medical device distributorships owned by physicians present a conflict of interest that can threaten patient safety.

Between 2010 and 2012, $73 billion could have been saved by substituting a generic or over-the-counter medication for a brand name drug in the same class.

A study from Johns Hopkins Medicine places medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind only cancer and heart disease.

Researchers found only seven emergency general surgery procedures account for more than 80 percent of all EGS admissions, deaths, complications and costs.

Commercially insured patients may pay drastically different prices for the same medical procedure depending on their location.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services put the brakes on its new hospital quality ratings system just a day before it was to launch amid growing pressure from Congress and the healthcare industry.

Despite rigorous procedures and policies, hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) are constant threats to patient safety. But some of the nation’s leading academic medical centers claim they are being unfairly punished under a new federal policy that aims to promote patient safety.