Quality

The replication crisis has been an elephant in the room for social scientists for the last few years—with many influential, bedrock studies appearing to be less rigorous than initially accepted. Some expected as many as two of every three studies couldn’t be replicated. While the social sciences are a bit adjacent to those in medicine, the implications of the latest research may help all fields improve best practices in designing and executing clinical studies.

While the healthcare market has evolved to better cater to consumers’ demands and offer specialized care, physicians are still referring patients in outdated ways. This costs health systems by increasingly sending patients to receive out-of-network services, according to a recent study by Kyruus, which surveyed 100 primary care providers and 100 specialists affiliated with U.S. health systems.

Attorney General Jeff Session is preventing two Ohio doctors from prescribing opioids because they allegedly dispensed the medications without a legitimate medical purpose.

In fiscal year 2017, the Medicaid program doled out about $37 billion in improper payments, an increase from $29.1 billion in improper payments recorded in 2015, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

A team of Australian researchers found those who consulted online resources had better interactions, because it led to more informed discussions while not undermining trust in diagnoses and treatment plans. Still, while the activity was generally considered positive, searches could increase patient anxiety.

Younger nurses are interested in getting higher degrees, according to a recent survey from AMN Healthcare.

A Mayo Clinic medical center has landed the top spot as the nation’s best hospital, according to new rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

The U.S. has some of the highest healthcare costs in the world, but overall quality and cost can vary widely by state.

Prime Healthcare Services, a national hospital system with 45 locations in 14 states, and its CEO have agreed to pay $65 million to settle a whistleblower case alleging false claims.

Bayer has shot back after a documentary aired on Netflix took aim its controversial birth control implant, Essure.

The U.S. will soon spend close to 20 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on health, according to The Wall Street Journal, up from the current level of about 18 percent. In December 2017, the healthcare industry became the nation’s largest employment sector. 

California’s maternal death rates been halved as pregnancy-related deaths increase in the U.S. Safety experts and hospitals in California have worked together to implement improved practices. So why haven't other states done the same? A USA Today investigation looks for an answer.