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Hospital Safety Ratings Released By Consumer Reports

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Billings Clinic in Montana is the safest hospital in the US, while Sacred Heart Hospital in Chicago scored lowest, according to Consumer Reports’ first-ever list of the best and worst medical facilities. According to the organization, a 2010 US Department of Health and Human Services report said claims that infections, surgical error, and other types of medical malpractice contribute to the deaths of as many as 180,000 Medicare patients each year, and most likely numerous non-Medicare patients as well. As a result of those figures, officials from Consumer Reports collected information on more than...

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Book Excerpt: A Saga Of ‘Fishy’ Surgery For Chronic Sinus Trouble

By Carey Goldberg “Crank?” was my first reaction when I saw the review copy of the new book “Scrubbed Out: Reviving the Doctor’s Role in Patient Care.” It was a slim, self-published volume with a cartoon cover and an M.D. after the author’s name. Usually, that means rosy, false promises of health panaceas. But Dr. Salah Salman, the author, is not a crank at all. On the contrary, he’s a distinguished doctor, retired now at 75 after an impressive career in the Lebanese cabinet and in high positions at the prestigious Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. It’s just that he’s so pained...

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APNewsBreak: Doctor data back online in Illinois

By CARLA K. JOHNSON MORE FROM BUSINESSWEEK Consumers can now check up on thousands of doctors and chiropractors in Illinois, including accessing information about malpractice cases, thanks to a public database that went back online Wednesday. The Physician Profile is available on the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's website, and allows patients to see whether a physician or chiropractor has been disciplined here or in another state. The searchable database includes about 46,000 doctors and 4,500 chiropractors, along with malpractice judgments and settlements going back five years. The database was taken offline last year when the Illinois Supreme Court struck down...

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