Health

UK panel finds lives shortened by hospital's opioid use

As many as 650 people had their lives shortened by a British hospital's institutionalized practice of administering opioids without medical justification between 1989 and 2000, an independent panel concluded Wednesday after ...

Health

Some hospitals marking up prices more than 1,000 percent

The 50 hospitals in the United States with the highest markup of prices over their actual costs are charging out-of-network patients and the uninsured, as well as auto and workers' compensation insurers, more than 10 times ...

Surgery

Inpatient admissions predict peri-op risk in lumbar fusion

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing posterior lumbar fusion, inpatient admissions in the prior year are associated with increased complication rate, length of stay, and total charges, according to a study published in the ...

Surgery

Hospital charges for adolescent scoliosis surgery up

(HealthDay)—Over the last decade, the number of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) fusion procedures has remained constant, although hospital charges for the procedure have increased substantially, according to a study ...

Health

Charges for blood tests vary across California hospitals

New UC San Francisco research shows significant price differences for ten common blood tests in California hospitals, with some patients charged as little as $10 for one test while others were charged $10,169 for the identical ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study compares deep vein thrombosis therapies (Update)

Patients who have a clot in their legs and are considering whether to be treated with traditional blood-thinning medication or undergo a minimally-invasive catheter-based clot removal procedure should feel comfortable that ...

Surgery

No 'weekend effect' seen following appendix removal operations

Patients who undergo surgical removal of the appendix on a weekend do not experience more postoperative complications than those who undergo the same operation on weekdays, but they do pay slightly more in hospital charges, ...

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