The 2012 NASS meeting in Dallas has reached its conclusion. Clinicians and scientists met to share and discuss the latest research impacting spine care. Of interest to the spine community and the subject of one presentation at the "Best Papers" symposia was the cost and quality of spine surgery compared to comprehensive medical management.
NASS 2012: Quality and cost-effectiveness of surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis
Rachel Klein, Technology Insights
Concerns over malpractice have been a constant source of anxiety for OB/GYNs over the past 20 years. Recent coverage in the Daily Briefing show the sizeable claims ($76M) paid to patients blaming the hospital for their children’s disabilities.
These jury awards cause administrators and physicians to second-guess their ability to provide all or select services in this environment. Further, these types of cases can increase the malpractice coverage for both the physician and hospital as they may be considered at greater risk of suit. OB/GYNs already have some of the highest malpractice coverage and have had to reconsider their practices as a result.
No longer 'risky business' for OB/GYNs
While the phrase “those New York Times articles” may not have been on every attendee’s lips at this year’s meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO), it was certainly on their minds. The “Radiation Boom,” a series of articles first published in January 2010 by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Walt Bogdanich, detailed the explosion of radiation in medicine in recent years and investigated troubling evidence that suggested safety standards may have lagged behind adoption, setting the radiation therapy industry–external beam OEMs in particular aflame.
An ASTRO symposium in June of that year titled “Safety in Radiation Therapy – A Call to Action” laid out the industry’s defensive response and hopes to create a culture of safety; a focus on eliminating human errors through better training, accreditation, and processes; improving engineering to reduce technical errors; and the development of intelligent patient monitoring systems. This year’s ASTRO meeting showcased an industry back on the offensive, eager to demonstrate the safety of their wares and propose newly developed or improved solutions to a vigilant community of practitioners and the public.
Patient safety innovations take center stage at ASTRO 2011