mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.

  1. BREAKING: Feds OK Arkansas’ Plan for Medicaid Expansion
    According to a breaking news report from Modern Healthcare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced, today, that Arkansas will be allowed to move forward with a Medicaid expansion demonstration designed to cover 200,000 additional residents through provision of premium assistance for plans in the state health insurance exchange.
  2. The Business Case for Virtual Urgent Care
    Learn more about Franciscan Health System’s new telemedicine service, which, priced at only $35 per visit, is promising to reduce ED visits while making care faster, better and cheaper.
  3. Why Aren’t Hospitals More Attentive to the Needs of Patients?
    Read one physician’s reflection on why changing hospital culture is easier said than done and why she believes investments made to nurture human capital is key to hurdling the obstacles that currently impede empathy and engagement.
  4. Finally, FDA Tells Mobile Health App Developers What It Plans to Regulate
    Smartphone users have the ability to access 40,000 medical applications developed ideally to help manage, monitor and improve their health. Discover what two broad categories the Food and Drug Administration said on Monday will be the focus of its oversight.
  5. Hospital Medical Errors Now the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
    When the Institute of Medicine released its 1999 report, “To Err is Human: Building A Safer Health System,” researchers estimated that up to 98,000 people die annually due to medical mistakes, but a new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety suggests the true number is dramatically higher. Find out what industry leaders and patient safety pioneers, including Dr. Lucien Leape, are saying about the new estimates of preventable mistakes.