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CMS investigates MD Anderson, finds “serious care deficiencies”

MD Anderson Cancer Center is known throughout the country for its cancer treatment. This facility often takes on some of the most difficult cancer cases in the country. The cancer center’s reputation recently took a hit after a government agency conducted multiple investigations and found “serious care deficiencies.”

Children, mental illness & insurance: A study on ED admissions

Does health insurance impact whether a child will get emergency medical care? According to researchers who recently finished a study into the matter, if the child has a mental disorder then the answer is a resounding yes. The researchers reviewed 9,081 acute mental health emergency department (ED) visits. Based on a review of this data, the researchers found children without insurance were much more likely to get transferred compared to children who were covered by a private insurance policy.

The evolution of nursing: Which specialty is right for you?

Just like physicians, the nursing profession appears to be shifting away from one of a generalized nurse and towards one where nurses are trained and mentored to handle certain areas. There are many specialty options for those who are interested in the nursing profession, or who have already received their training and are looking to specialize.

Misdiagnosis study identifies three major categories of concern

A group of researchers, led by experts with Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, found three major disease categories are responsible for the majority of diagnostic errors. The group hopes that education about these categories will reduce the rate of diagnostic errors.

TX faith based health care provider faces allegations of fraud

The Texas Attorney General recently accused a faith-based health care provider of fraud. The state alleges the organization collected thousands of dollars in policy payments for coverage it deemed “worthless.” The allegations led the Attorney General to file a restraining order against the company to keep it from signing up new members from the state of Texas.

Will state officials allow Texas NPs to practice independently?

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) can provide a wide range of services for patients. In many cases, NPs and other nursing professionals are not able to apply the full extent of their training due to the confines of federal and state regulations. Texas NPs are pushing back against these regulations and attempting to Full Practice Authority (FPA).

Physician files case against employer, claims breach of contract

Although people go into medicine for more than just a job, those who choose the medical field often still need to navigate the particulars that come with employment. This can include employment contract negotiations. Once an employment contract is put into place, both parties to the contract expect the other to fulfill the agreed upon obligations. A failure to do so can result in a lawsuit.

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