May 18, 2012
By Adam Mingal*
Prostate Surgery Complications Lower in Teaching Hospitals with Fellowships
The Science Codex (5/15) reports, "Patients who undergo radical surgery for prostate cancer may expect better results, on average, if they're treated in accredited teaching hospitals with residency programs, and better still if the hospitals also have medical fellowships, according to a new study by Henry Ford Hospital." The study "also found that those with fewer complications after the surgery were more likely to have private insurance."
Massachusetts Governor Supports Using Antitrust Laws to Lower Hospital Costs
The CommonHealth (5/17) reports that, according to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley, "inflated [hospital] prices based on the market clout of major teaching hospitals are a major factor driving health care costs in Massachusetts." According to Patrick, the AG's office "has tools today to address these imbalances and we have to look to her office to use those tools." The Governor's office clarified that the "tools" referred to are "the AG's ability to file anti-trust charges against hospitals."
Doctor Shortage a Major Issue
The Sentinel Source (5/17) reports that "[t]here is a growing shortage of primary care physicians in the United States, and it has been forecast for decades." According to a recent projection, there will be "a shortage of 124,000 physicians by 2020, 37 percent of them primary care doctors."
Editorial: Hospitals Are Becoming Factories
The Huffington Post (5/14) reports that of great concern "is the growing lack of time devoted to ascertaining patients' true diagnoses, physical and emotional."
Teaching Hospital Research Fraud Case to Go to Trial
The Sun Sentinel (5/11) reports, "[t]wo Harvard teaching hospitals and a prominent Alzheimer's disease researcher accused of using falsified data to obtain a government research grant are set to stand trial after a federal appeals court said this week that a lower court erred when it dismissed the case."
*We would like to thank Adam Mingal, Esquire (U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington, DC), for providing this week's update.
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