News and Notes

Rating hospitals for safety

Infections, surgical mistakes, and other medical harm contribute to the deaths of 180,000 hospital patients a year, according to projections based on a 2010 report from the Department of Health and Human Services. To address that problem, Consumer Reports has …

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Patient experience ratings released

Thanks to a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality program, for the first time in its history, Consumer Reports has unveiled Patient Experience Ratings of primary care physician groups. The Ratings cover nearly 500 practices …

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Why is change so hard?

In a news analysis, Elisabeth Rosenthal of the New York Times, a medical doctor, asks, “…why do Americans, nearly alone on the planet, remain so devoted to the ritual physical exam and to all of these tests, and why do …

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Our Consumer Communication Summit

To kick off the planning of consumer communications for the Choosing Wisely campaign, Consumer Reports hosted a successful Consumer Communication Summit in Yonkers on May 8-9, with over 40 external guests from the ABIM Foundation, 8 Specialty Societies, 10 Consumer Communication …

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Welcoming our Wikipedian

Back in April, the ABIM Foundation launched the Choosing Wisely campaign, with Consumer Reports as the consumer communications leader, working with 11 organizations, including Wikipedia. Thanks in part to a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation, on April 30th, Consumer Reports welcomed …

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