Doctors http://nwpr.org en Rural Residency Shortage Means Doctors-In-Training Move Away http://nwpr.org/post/rural-residency-shortage-means-doctors-training-move-away <p></p><p>For decades, rural parts of the Northwest have found it difficult to lure doctors to small towns. Community leaders in Yakima, WA went so far as to found a small medical school to train doctors to practice in these underserved areas. The Pacific Northwest University opened in 2006. But there is a problem. Small towns throughout the region just don’t have enough residency programs. And that means many of these doctors-in-training may move away.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:11:22 +0000 Matt Martin 33017 at http://nwpr.org Rural Residency Shortage Means Doctors-In-Training Move Away Sponges, Tools And More Left Inside Washington Hospital Patients http://nwpr.org/post/sponges-tools-and-more-left-inside-washington-hospital-patients <p></p><p>About 30 times a year, a surgery patient in Washington state has a sponge or surgical instrument left inside them. It’s one of the most commonly reported medical mistakes.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:50:22 +0000 John Ryan 32028 at http://nwpr.org Sponges, Tools And More Left Inside Washington Hospital Patients Medicare Docks Pay To Hospitals With Excessive Readmissions http://nwpr.org/post/medicare-docks-pay-hospitals-excessive-readmissions <p>About one out of five Medicare patients returns to the hospital within a month after being discharged. Those readmissions are often preventable. As Ruby de Luna reports, starting in October, Medicare will penalize hospitals with high readmission rates.</p><p>The new policy is part of the national health care law to reduce hospital readmissions. The goal is to reduce cost and improve patient care.</p><p>Dr. Nancy Fisher is Chief Medical Officer with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for Region 10. She says three-quarters of these readmissions are preventable.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:01:36 +0000 Ruby de Luna 15868 at http://nwpr.org Medicare Docks Pay To Hospitals With Excessive Readmissions