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Every time someone famous dies after a medical error, hopes rise that we will see a meaningful response that will improve patient safety conditions. Joan Rivers' death has, in an incredibly quick time frame, led to some significant consequences for those involved.

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Three high-profile deaths that occurred over the past year are worth noting as reminders of the larger topics that should be top of mind for health writers.

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A good friend of mine recently underwent a significant surgery. Several weeks out, he was still experiencing some negative side effects. When he asked the surgeon about it, he didn’t get much more than a blank stare.

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The professional history of California doctor James Privitera includes a series of questionable practices that contributed to the death of at least one patient. And yet the physician's reprimand by the state medical board can be wiped from online records as early as next month.

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Spending money to track hospital-acquired infections and complications could save money in the long run.

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When the country's top patient-safety advocates went to address U.S. senators in July, only three out of nearly two dozen committee members bothered to attend. The no-shows missed urgent testimony and tragic stories of deaths that should've been prevented.

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What Louisa Benitez saw in the hospital ahead of her son's heart surgery heightened her anxiety about the procedure and his risk for infection. Nurses and doctors were walking in and out in their surgical scrubs. Getting coffee. Sitting down with a magazine and eating a sandwich.

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A provision under the Affordable Care Act allows Medicare to penalize hospitals for high readmission rates within 30 days of discharge, particularly among patients with heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia. So hospitals near and far have begun various initiatives.

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The two cases involving the University of Kentucky challenge the heart of public records and free speech, and they could help define how courts interpret the still mostly untested federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005.

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Amidst the discussion about email and cellphone traffic being collected by U.S. intelligence agencies, free speech enthusiasts may also want to pay attention to the unfolding legal case involving the University of Kentucky.

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