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January 2017 Archives

Tort reform may not improve doctor performance

North Carolina residents may believe that stronger malpractice laws could reduce surgical complications. However, a study finds that this may not be the case. According to the study leader from the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, it may cause doctors to order unnecessary tests or pursue treatments that may not be necessary.

Ban on mandatory arbitration for nursing homes stopped

North Carolina residents who live in nursing facilities or have family members who do may be dismayed to learn that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has stopped enforcing a rule that prevents the facilities from forcing patients to enter into binding arbitration agreements. A memo was sent to Medicare contractors and states in December.

North Carolina RNs may be key to reducing medication errors

Studies have shown that 37 percent of adverse events in nursing facilities, including falls, hypoglycemic episodes and bleeding, were related to medications. Medication issues in North Carolina can come from prescription errors, dosage errors or not ensuring that other drugs will not interact poorly with a particular medication. A study in Missouri indicates that registered nurses, or RNs, may be better able to find high-risk medication errors than licensed practical nurses, or LPNs.

The difficulty of diagnosing endometriosis

According to medical experts, it's imperative that North Carolina women who suffer from crippling pain in their reproductive systems get proper diagnoses. For example, endometriosis is a disease that causes uterine lining to grow outside the uterus and could result in both pain and infertility. There are several ways that this disease can be diagnosed.

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