In a Facebook post, the son of a nurse who has multiple tattoos challenged the common "no-ink" policy that many hospitals have, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, Ohio, and Washington.
Many cancer patients lack an accurate understanding of their prognosis—partly because doctors do not always communicate such information clearly, and partly because some patients don't want to hear the information.
A woman was killed and 19 others were injured Saturday when a car drove into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally—an attack that Attorney General Jeff Sessions characterized as "domestic terrorism." Meanwhile, Merck's CEO resigned from a White House advisory council, citing what he regarded as the president's inadequate initial response to the events.
To ensure an uninterrupted primary care continuum, health care organizations should create a position for a chief primary care medical officer (CPCMO), Noemi Doohan, a physician at the University of California, Davis, and Jennifer DeVoe, a physician at Oregon Health & Science University, argue in the Annals of Family Medicine.
Jennifer Goldstein, the study's lead author and a researcher with Christiana Care Hospitalist Partners and Sidney Kimmel Medical College, says, "To our knowledge, this is the first nationally representative study to find that [Medicare] beneficiaries who are least able to afford it may be at greatest risk for incurring these high costs."
Amid a wide-ranging effort to curb opioid misuse, medical device manufacturers are "racing" to develop new, more comfortable neuromodulation devices to treat pain—and potentially help treat opioid misuse as well, Emily Mullin writes for MIT Technology Review.