Sandra Yin

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Hospital malpractice lawsuit sparked by five hour ER wait

A five-hour wait in a hospital emergency room is now the subject of a lawsuit that charges Methodist Hospital in Sacramento and various ER workers with medical malpractice and negligence in delaying

Medical records for 1.7 million people stolen from van

In one of the larger medical data thefts reported, personal health data for about 1.7 million New York City patients, hospital staffers and others was stolen on Dec. 23 from an unlocked van in

Federal funding cuts force hospital to slash 100 jobs

To help close a $25 million gap in federal funding, Atlanta-based Grady Memorial Hospital plans to cut 100 jobs, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The layoffs will cut about $6 million from

Ousted CEO to get nearly $1M in severance pay; D.C. mayor maneuvers to get United Medical Center back in private sector;

> Ken Graham, who recently was ousted from his job as president and CEO of California-based El Camino Hospital "without cause," will receive nearly $1 million in severance pay, the Daily News

Hospital budgets rise to prepare for higher demand

Hospital budgets are reverting to pre-recession levels due in part to the health reform law, according to L.E.K. Consulting. Close to 60 percent of the 200 hospital executives polled said they expect

Obama's budget delays deep cuts to physician payments

Although President Obama's proposed $3.73 trillion budget for 2012 calls for more than $1 trillion in slashed spending, it protects doctors from steep cuts in their Medicare payments with a two year

More hospitals place patients on observation

Efforts to tighten the criteria for hospital admissions or avoid costly readmissions may have an unintended consequence. As Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers closely scrutinize whether patients

Trend of hospitals not hiring smokers picks up steam

Hospitals and other healthcare organizations increasingly are turning away job applicants who smoke, the New York Times reports. New rules treat cigarettes like illegal narcotics. Applications refer

Risks med students face when posting patient photos on Facebook

Besides the possible breach of patient privacy when med students post cell phone pictures of patients on Facebook, other unintended consequences are likely, New York Times ethicist, Randy Cohen

Nurse allegedly took surgery patient's pain meds

A former nurse at Minneapolis-based Abbott Northwestern Hospital could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if convicted of a felony charge for stealing her patient's medicine, the St. Paul