American Medical Association and PBS Both Join Pathology Profession in Publicizing Why Declining Autopsy Rates May Hurt Quality of Healthcare

Pathologists point out that autopsies consistently reveal doctors make a high rate of diagnostic errors—even with increasingly sophisticated imaging equipment Pathologists and public health officials say the downward trend in autopsy rates is having far-reaching consequences for healthcare in the United States. The decline in the number of autopsies performed annually comes in spite of extensive literature documenting multiple benefits of the autopsy procedure. No less an authority than the...

CDC Improvement Project Reports Big Drop in the Number of Hospital-Acquired Infections

Significant Number of Hospitals Participated in Effort to Improved Patient Outcomes Long-awaited data demonstrates that hospitals can significantly reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAI). A newly-released report validates efforts by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve patient outcomes and increase transparency in provider performance, while containing the cost of care. Clinical laboratory testing played a role in helping participating hospitals reduce the number...

Comparative Effectiveness: It’s Here! It’s Now! And It’s Funded to the Tune of $1.1 Billion!

Effort will identify which clinical procedures actually benefit patients—and are cost-effective “Comparative effectiveness research (CER)” is likely to be one method that healthcare reformers use to establish reimbursement for different medical technologies and treatments. This will apply equally to clinical laboratory testing and pathology professional services as well as other medical procedures. There is a compelling reason why comparative effectiveness is likely to happen on this turn of...
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