A Death with Dignity program, in which physicians can assist cancer patients with a prognosis of less than 6 months to end their lives, has been well-accepted by patients and their families, and received growing support from the physicians involved.
The occurrence of postsurgical complications is associated with a higher hospital contribution margin for Medicare and private insurance beneficiaries but a lower one for patients who are covered by Medicaid or self-pay, show the results of a US study.
Medicare beneficiaries who receive inpatient care at critical access hospitals in rural communities have higher 30-day mortality rates for acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, and pneumonia than patients who visit other acute care hospitals, a study finds.
A simple prediction model can identify patients at increased risk for readmission to hospital before they are discharged, potentially highlighting those who need more intensive transitional care, say scientists.
General practitioners should take a more defined and systematic approach to the management of colorectal cancer, say Australian researchers who found that their involvement in the referral pathway was associated with poorer care.