One hundred years ago this month, the “mother of all pandemics was sweeping the world. The flu pandemic, caused by an airborne H1N1 virus, killed an estimated 1% to 2% of the world's population, primarily young and often healthy adults in 1918 and 1919.
A decade ago, California stopped licensing surgery centers and then gave approval power to private accreditors that are commonly paid by the centers they inspect. That system of oversight has created a troubling legacy of laxity, an invesigation finds.
The CMS warned that Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, one of the city's largest psychiatric hospitals, is not adequately protecting suicidal patients from harming themselves and could lose its Medicare billing privileges.
HHS will create a patient safety database to track quality of care at ambulatory surgery centers, as they become more prevalent across the country.
A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens.
The results from a new clinical trial raise more doubts about the daily use of aspirin to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease.
In 2017, the CMS' quality improvement organizations reported progress on a number of fronts in improving care for Medicare beneficiaries.
San Francisco public health officials are teaming up with researchers to track injuries from electric scooters, since data so far is anecdotal. Some cities report spikes in severe injuries after the minibikes are unleashed for rental.
The Food and Drug Administration is considering a new payment model aimed at encouraging drugmakers to develop new antibiotics.
A group of 41 leading healthcare organizations will work together to improve the quality of medical diagnoses. The coalition, called ACT for Better Diagnosis, will focus on identifying the main causes of diagnostic errors and working toward solutions.
Coastal hospitals that have long endured threats from hurricanes have launched into time-tested emergency preparations this week, while inland hospitals are gearing up to take in acute patients to be transferred from the coast.
Puerto Rico's long-term public health challenges after Hurricane Maria have also hindered many providers' preparations for the current hurricane season, raising concerns over what harm another major storm would wreak to a health system that hasn't fully recovered.