Quality

Medical mistakes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., and patients can experience harm when they are seeking care at hospitals. Knowing how patients are being harmed is crucial for healthcare providers to improve quality of care and outcomes.

Customs and Border Protection will not administer flu vaccines to migrants held in border detention facilities, CBS News reported. The decision comes just weeks before the flu season in the U.S. is expected to hit.

The CDC is helping a handful of Midwest states investigate a “cluster” of lung diseases related to e-cigarette use, the agency announced Aug. 17.

Various sources publish annual or semi-annual rankings of top-performing hospitals, but those lists can actually be misleading, especially when they offer conflicting results, according to an article published in NEJM Catalyst.

Illinois became the first state to require insurance companies to pay the costs of EpiPen injection medicines for children 18 and younger.

Employees at Humana were more likely to make better health choices and have a reduced risk for chronic disease by taking part in the company’s wellness program. In addition, those in the program had lower healthcare costs.

 

In the first six months of 2019, 32 million patient records have been breached in data security events, compared to roughly 15 million in all of 2018.

Online daters likely aren’t the only ones guilty of making themselves look better through a curated profile—authors of clinical studies spin their findings in certain sections of their reports in more than half of psychiatry trials, according to research published in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine.

 

Nearly half of healthcare providers aren’t sure how to manage their reputation online, but more than 75% are worried about receiving negative reviews from patients, according to a recent survey.

Minnesota is the state with the best healthcare in 2019, according to a new ranking by WalletHub.

The FDA accepted 137 new drug approvals (NDAs) and biologics license applications (BLAs) in 2018, up 11% from 2017 and 36% from 2012 to 2017, according to a new report.

HHS is launching a new action plan for the safe importation of certain prescription drugs to bring in medications from foreign markets. The Safe Importation Action Plan extends recent initiatives from the Trump administration to make prescription drugs cheaper in the U.S.