Sometimes doctors or nurses who cause harm to a patient are the perpetrators: They’re careless, negligent, taking on too many cases because they’re greedy, sloppy or incompetent. But often this is not the case. A well-meaning, expertly-trained provider makes an honest error and feels deep remorse.
This week we look at an element of the healthcare reform package designed to improve care for the elderly once they have been released from the hospital. The idea is simple: medicare payments to hospitals would be withheld, if older patients are readmitted too often, too soon. The plan is to encourage more coordinated care [...]
Money and Medicine tackles the challenges of containing runaway health care spending.
When is it appropriate to use every available medical technology to extend life at all costs? When is it time to withdraw aggressive or invasive medical care? And, when does it make sense to opt for palliative or hospice care?
Since every dollar of so-called unnecessary spending is a dollar of income to a health care provider, reigning in health care spending is much more easily said than done. We examine this pressing medical, ethical, and financial challenge by examining the way we treat America’s number one killer, heart disease.