The effort to reduce colon cancer deaths is endowed with a unique opportunity. With screening by colonoscopy, lesions can be removed before they become cancerous. People age 50 and older are recommended to undergo colonoscopy, and the procedure is typically repeated thereafter at varying intervals. Consequently, millions of colonoscopy procedures are performed in the United States each year.
Expertise in open, laparoscopic and robotic-assisted laparoscopic modalities led one prostate surgeon to develop the revolutionary SMART prostatectomy, which reduces operative times and postoperative complication rates. Now, he offers this innovative procedure to patients from across the globe in a customized unit at Lenox Hill Hospital.
Troubling lapses in memory or judgment can be frustrating for patients, their families and medical providers. Physicians at the Memory Evaluation and Treatment Service (METS) at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital can diagnose various forms of dementia, provide curative treatment for non-progressive dementias and offer excellent supportive services for patients diagnosed with neurodegenerative cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Sec. 6002, once referred to as “The Sunshine Act” and now known as “Open Payments,” establishes a disclosure program on a national scale that promotes transparency of the financial relationships between the medical industry (“reporting entities”) and physicians and teaching hospitals.
While attending high school in his native Puerto Rico, Carlos R. Flores, MD, FACEP, Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, knew he was destined to become a physician.
The Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC), a branch of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), has recently undertaken a more aggressive approach to investigate and, in some cases, begin disciplinary action against physicians who have failed to update their New York State Physician Profile.
The volume of lawsuits against pediatricians appears to be relatively low. However, the exposure may be substantial because a large portion of lawsuits filed against pediatricians claim the injury includes brain damage. Based on a lifetime of pain, suffering, as well as enormous special damages for medical care and therapies, these suits often translate into a larger monetary exposure.
Since 1915, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has been developing and implementing treatment methodologies that signal paradigm shifts in neurological rehabilitation. A strong emphasis on research is pushing the program toward further breakthroughs and, ultimately, brighter prospects for patients.
Beyond routine clinical and lab data analysis concerning prenatal and postpartum obstetrical care, infection-related scenarios and other unexpected complications can arise, posing serious risks and emotionally fraught treatment options to be discussed with patients. Such situations impact the prospective management plan in significant ways.
While providing competent, innovative, accessible and personalized care for patients has always been the focus of any healthcare organization, the recent trend of many institutions has been to widen this focus on wellness to the healthcare providers — namely, their employees.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently renewed its 2002 recommendation that breast cancer prevention drugs be offered to high-risk women who are at low risk for side effects, and it added guidance for clinicians about when to consider prescribing the drugs.
One of the most distressing moments a physician, nurse or other healthcare provider can experience is when learning he or she has been named as a defendant in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Among the first questions posed to defense counsel is how the individual can be dropped from the litigation. How this can be accomplished varies, depending on the stage of the case.
The Joint Commission has recently announced new and revised diagnostic standards for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory healthcare organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services.1
In business for more than a decade, American Access Care of the Bronx offers convenience, comfort and quality medical care for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), varicose veins and dialysis-related needs.
At Nyack Hospital, a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, therapists and other professionals works together to perform advanced procedures and provide excellent care so joint replacement recipients can resume their active lives.