Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) called for criminal background checks for nurses seeking licenses to practice in the state, according to the News Leader.
Many illegal online outlets distribute dangerous and addictive drugs without a valid prescription or medical supervision, and this contributes to drug abuse, customer endangerment and increased healthcare costs.
As providers in the United States focus on patient-centered healthcare, the importance of patient safety increases. Some threats to patient safety are obvious, such as preventable medical errors, hospital-acquired infections and hospital violence. But these more obvious examples are far from the only obstacles to a safe patient population. To improve outcomes, healthcare leaders must consider other, less expected threats. FierceHealthcare breaks down four of these patient safety hazards
As prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) become more widely used to fight drug abuse, doctor shopping and health insurance fraud, recommendations to boost PDMP effectiveness are mushrooming.;
Healthcare workers should be on the lookout for a few telltale indications of substance abuse or addiction among coworkers according to HemOnc Today.
In an effort to curb drug abuse, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has implemented a strict, new policy requiring its members to receive pre-approval to take certain pain medications. Under the
Abuse of legal drugs are driving up emergency department visits, suggesting current prevention efforts are woefully inadequate. U.S. emergency departments report a dramatic increase in the number of
New Hampshire's attorney general has begun a push for the state to develop a centralized database tracking frequently-abused prescription medications such as painkillers and stimulants. Attorney