Claudia Martinez, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Houston, says her experience has been "a blessing in disguise" because of what she's learned about the patient experience, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
While white coats are viewed as a "defining symbol" of a doctor's profession, research shows the coats are often contaminated with bacteria that could threaten patients' health, Austin Frakt writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."
After Karli-Rae Kerrschneider recently gave birth, she faced a bill of almost $5,000 for nitrous oxide—a bill that raised her ire because, as a nurse-midwife herself, Kerrschneider knew that the hospital where she works typically provides the same treatment for only $100, Lauren Weber reports for Kaiser Health News.
A coalition of civil rights organizations on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted suicide.
In America's debate about how to rein in health care spending, "we're missing a critical piece of the puzzle," Kenneth Davis, president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System, and Robert Rubin, former secretary of the Treasury Department, write in a New York Times opinion piece.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 4-3 to order a lower court to reconsider its decision to allow a consent decree mandating that UPMC hospitals accept patients insured by Highmark Health to expire on June 30, the Pittsburgh Business Times reports.