hospital http://michiganradio.org en Michigan hospitals working through IV fluid shortage http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hospitals-working-through-iv-fluid-shortage <p>Since January, Michigan hospitals have been dealing with the effects of a nationwide shortage of a critical supply of intravenous fluid.</p><p></p><p>The fluid is used in a wide variety of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intravenous_therapy">intravenous therapy,</a> including chemotherapy. The shortage is blamed on reduced production and increased demand during the winter flu season.</p><p></p><p>Laura Appel is with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. She says hospitals are working to share what fluid they do have.</p><p></p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:41:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17368 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan hospitals working through IV fluid shortage Report: Preventable dental problems costing Michigan ERs http://michiganradio.org/post/report-preventable-dental-problems-costing-michigan-ers <p><a href="http://www.andersoneconomicgroup.com/Publications/Detail/tabid/125/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/8068/The-Cost-of-DentalRelated-Emergency-Room-Visits-in-Michigan.aspx">A new report</a> says preventable dental treatment is taking a bite out of Michigan hospital emergency room budgets.</p><p></p><p>The Anderson Economic Group study says in 2011, about 7,000 people with cavities, abscesses, and other preventable dental problems showed up in Michigan ERs. &nbsp;About 1,000 needed to be hospitalized.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17294 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Preventable dental problems costing Michigan ERs Some Michigan hospitals change visitor policy in face of 'dramatic increase' of flu http://michiganradio.org/post/some-michigan-hospitals-change-visitor-policy-face-dramatic-increase-flu <p>An increase of cases of the flu in Michigan is prompting some hospitals to limit who can visit sick patients. They hope it’ll help prevent the spread of the flu.</p><p>University of Michigan’s hospitals aren’t letting kids younger than 12 visit the most vulnerable patients.</p><p>At Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, there are similar restrictions, along with the number of visitors, or in some units, only immediate family members.</p><p>Dr. David Davenport is the medical director of&nbsp; infection prevention and control at Borgess.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:35:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15973 at http://michiganradio.org Some Michigan hospitals change visitor policy in face of 'dramatic increase' of flu Another Michigan medical center faces federal lawsuits over alleged racial discrimination http://michiganradio.org/post/another-michigan-medical-center-faces-federal-lawsuits-over-alleged-racial-discrimination <p>Earlier this year, Flint’s Hurley Medical Center faced national media scrutiny when an African-American nurse was <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hospital-nurses-settle-discrimination-suit">told not to care for a baby at a patient’s request</a>. The case was <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/02/flints_hurley_hospital_settles.html">settled outside of court.</a></p><p>Julie Gafkay represented that nurse and says she was not alone.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:53:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15810 at http://michiganradio.org Another Michigan medical center faces federal lawsuits over alleged racial discrimination Insurance companies apply to provide Affordable Care Act coverage to Michiganders http://michiganradio.org/post/insurance-companies-apply-provide-affordable-care-act-coverage-michiganders-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 21.99652862548828px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>More than a dozen insurance companies want to be part of a health care exchange that provides coverage to Michiganders under the new federal health care law.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:40:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 12934 at http://michiganradio.org Insurance companies apply to provide Affordable Care Act coverage to Michiganders MSU: More interest in buying locally grown food http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-more-interest-buying-locally-grown-food <p>A new Michigan State University survey finds a growing number of school lunch rooms, hospitals cafeterias and other institutions are interested in filling their pantries with locally grown food.</p><p></p><p>MSU’s Center for Regional Food Systems has been asking institutions about whether they buy locally grown fruits, vegetables and other food staples since 2004.</p><p></p><p>Center director Michael Hamm says the number of school cafeterias buying local has tripled in the last decade. But he says there’s only so much more local farmers can produce now.</p><p></p> Sun, 05 May 2013 17:30:02 +0000 Steve Carmody 12416 at http://michiganradio.org MSU: More interest in buying locally grown food What is palliative care and why should we talk about it? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-palliative-care-and-why-should-we-talk-about-it <p></p><p>How much do you know about palliative care?</p><p>If your answer is, 'not a lot,' you're not alone.</p><p>Though palliative care can serve an important role in a patient's life, it doesn't get much attention.&nbsp;</p><p>Let's start off with a definition from Dr. Sekaran.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Nishant Sekaran is an Assistant&nbsp;Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan, and is the author of reports about the growing palliative care industry in Michigan that Michigan Radio is airing this week.&nbsp;</p><p>"When I talk to my patients, we are going to be very aggressive about focusing on your quality of life," said Sekaran. "That doesn't mean that you can't also be aggressive with pursuing medical therapy that is consistent with your goals and wishes about your care. Palliative care is really about clarifying what the patient's goals of care are while focusing on the physical and psycho-social &nbsp;aspects of illness."</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:39:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 11898 at http://michiganradio.org What is palliative care and why should we talk about it? Michigan hospitals may be asked to be more 'transparent' about their 'futility' policies http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hospitals-may-be-asked-be-more-transparent-about-their-futility-policies <p>There’s a bill making its way through the state legislature that would require Michigan hospitals to reveal when they will withhold treatment from severely ill patients.</p><p></p><p>Many hospitals have ‘futility’ policies.&nbsp;&nbsp; The policies outline when the hospitals will withhold treatment from a patient on the grounds that further care would be futile and would simply waste hospital resources.</p><p></p><p>The policies are mainly for internal use and not widely disclosed.</p><p></p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 18:28:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11722 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan hospitals may be asked to be more 'transparent' about their 'futility' policies Sequestration, Medicare & Michigan hospitals http://michiganradio.org/post/sequestration-medicare-michigan-hospitals <p>Michigan hospitals could be among those hardest hit by automatic federal budget cuts this week.</p><p></p><p>Under the sequestration, Medicare reimbursements to doctors and hospitals would be cut by two percent.</p><p></p><p>Laura Appel is the vice president for federal policy and advocacy with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.&nbsp; She says sequestration would add up to tens of millions of dollars a year in loss reimbursements to Michigan hospitals.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11394 at http://michiganradio.org Sequestration, Medicare & Michigan hospitals Ninety-Four percent of hospitals suffer data breaches http://michiganradio.org/post/ninety-four-percent-hospitals-suffer-data-breaches <p>A new study by Michigan’s Ponemon Institute reports hospitals are easy places for thieves to make off with a treasure trove of information.</p><p>The Institute is in Traverse City and studies information security.&nbsp; In the “Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security”, Ponemon found 94 percent of hospitals have suffered data breeches. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 22:33:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10274 at http://michiganradio.org Ninety-Four percent of hospitals suffer data breaches Stateside: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's legacy http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-dr-jack-kevorkians-legacy <p>Twenty-two years ago today, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was first charged with murder.</p><p>He was charged with the death of <a href="http://www.ascensionhealth.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=234&amp;Itemid=173">Janet Adkins</a>, an Alzheimer's patient who traveled from Oregon seeking Kevorkian’s assistance in ending her life.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry knew Kevorkian and extensively covered his trial.</p><p>“Kevorkian was more of a scientist than a doctor. He was obsessed with death and obsessed with the idea of organ transplants. He was presented by Geoffrey Fieger as concerned with alleviating peoples’ suffering,” said Lessenberry.</p><p>Lessenberry found Kevorkian to be both impatient and strikingly intelligent.</p><p>“He was brilliant; he probably had an IQ of 200. He was a restless person and a self-destructive person. He was a very different individual,” said Lessenberry. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 19:36:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10180 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's legacy Hospital worker accused of spreading of hepatitis C worked in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/hospital-worker-accused-spreading-hepatitis-c-worked-michigan <p>Health officials say a traveling medical technician accused of infecting 30 patients with hepatitis C in New Hampshire may have worked at several Michigan hospitals.</p><p>A New Hampshire U.S. Attorney&#39;s Office <a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/nh/press/2012/Kwiatkowski.html">media advisory</a> released earlier this week says the charges against Kwiatkowski relate to suspected thefts of the anesthetic Fentanyl.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:23:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8453 at http://michiganradio.org Hospital worker accused of spreading of hepatitis C worked in Michigan U of M tops ranking of best hospitals in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-tops-ranking-best-hospitals-michigan <p>U.S. News &amp; World Report has identified 34 high-performing hospitals in Michigan out of more than 175 hospitals statewide. The<a href="http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals"> rankings </a>were released earlier this week.</p><p>Regional rankings around the country are based on how hospitals compare nationally in 16 medical specialties.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 16:12:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8330 at http://michiganradio.org U of M tops ranking of best hospitals in Michigan System allows doctors to send immunization records electronically to the state http://michiganradio.org/post/system-allows-doctors-send-immunization-records-electronically-state <p>Doctors are already required to send immunization records to the State of Michigan. With the new system, the data will arrive in real time with no extra steps for the doctors or hospitals.</p><p>The system was launched&nbsp;by a non-profit called <a href="http://michiganhealthconnect.org/">Michigan Health Connect</a>. Executive Director Doug Dietzman says eventually the data could travel both ways &ndash; so doctors could avoid giving patients shots they don&rsquo;t need. He outline tetanus as a common example.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 May 2012 01:38:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith & The Associated Press 7507 at http://michiganradio.org Private practice vs a hospital paycheck: Michigan's evolving health care culture http://michiganradio.org/post/private-practice-vs-hospital-paycheck-michigans-evolving-health-care-culture <p>Next week,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/148920753/judging-the-health-care-law">the U.S.&nbsp;Supreme&nbsp;Court will&nbsp;hear legal arguments </a>over&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act">the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.</a> The federal health care law has&nbsp;come under fire for a variety of reasons, including changes to the way Americans&nbsp;will get their health care.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6741 at http://michiganradio.org Private practice vs a hospital paycheck: Michigan's evolving health care culture Preparing for the worst http://michiganradio.org/post/preparing-worst <p>State health officials are putting a 140 bed emergency field hospital&nbsp;to the test today&nbsp;just south of Lansing.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; They&#39;re preparing for the kind of medical needs that may follow a catastrophic natural or man-made disaster.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Never had a seizure before?&quot;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 May 2011 19:00:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 2554 at http://michiganradio.org Preparing for the worst Ingham Regional Medical Center starts layoffs this week http://michiganradio.org/post/ingham-regional-medical-center-starts-layoffs-week <p><a href="http://www.irmc.org/">Ingham Regional Medical Center</a> in Lansing will start laying off about 7 percent of it&rsquo;s workforce this week.</p><p>Interim hospital CEO Patrick Salow&nbsp;says a 10 percent decline in patient numbers over the past year is forcing the staffing cuts. He says the layoffs will affect the hospital&rsquo;s nursing staff, but the layoffs will also affect other divisions like the finance department.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;If we&rsquo;ve got fewer patients, so there&rsquo;s fewer bills to send out, do we need as many people to process bills for example.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The total layoff will be between 100 and 150 hospital employees. Mon, 07 Mar 2011 15:00:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 1521 at http://michiganradio.org Ingham Regional Medical Center starts layoffs this week Bronson Healthcare to buy major stake in Battle Creek Health System http://michiganradio.org/post/bronson-healthcare-buy-major-stake-battle-creek-health-system <p>Patients at Battle Creek Health System are expected to have more services and physicians available to them after a deal with a larger hospital is completed.</p><p>Bronson Health Group of Kalamazoo is buying a 51% stake in the smaller BCHS.</p><p>Denise Brooks-Williams is president and CEO of the Battle Creek facility. She says the two hospital systems have common goals.</p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 21:10:34 +0000 Rina Miller 608 at http://michiganradio.org Bronson Healthcare to buy major stake in Battle Creek Health System A call for safer CT scans http://michiganradio.org/post/call-safer-ct-scans <p>No doubt CT scans have improved a doctor's ability to make diagnoses. The ability to see inside the body without cutting it open has meant better treatment.</p><p>But CT scans can deliver high doses of radiation, which can lead to cancer later in life, or in severe cases, can cause severe burns and even death.</p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:42:07 +0000 Mark Brush 359 at http://michiganradio.org A call for safer CT scans Blue Cross/Blue Shield accused of hiking Michigan hospital prices http://michiganradio.org/post/blue-crossblue-shield-accused-hiking-michigan-hospital-prices <p>&nbsp;Federal and state prosecutors are suing Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.</p><p>&nbsp;The non-profit health insurance company is accused of violating anti-trust laws.&nbsp;</p><p>When Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan negotiates a contract with a hospital, it includes a provision giving it a discounted rate compared to other health insurance companies.&nbsp;</p><p>Blue Cross insists that allows it to provide its members with discounted hospital stays.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But the US Justice Department and Michigan&rsquo;s Attorney General&rsquo;s office disagree.</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:35:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 161 at http://michiganradio.org Blue Cross/Blue Shield accused of hiking Michigan hospital prices