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A Push For Open Medical Records

Congress should make public a database showing names of doctors who have had licenses revoked after making medical mistakes, one writer says.

The Washington Post recently ran a letter to the editor that said the “National Practitioner Data Bank, operated since 1990 by the Department of Health and Human Services, contains records for all serious licensure disciplinary actions, not just revocations, as well as records for all serious hospital and HMO clinical privileges disciplinary actions and all malpractice payments. Unfortunately, by law all this information is secret and is made available only to licensing boards, hospitals and certain other health-care entities.”

What’s your opinion on this issue?

Either way, it’s important for you to protect yourself from medical errors. Trig, the world’s first comprehensive healthcare system training plan, teaches you how to get the best possible care through videos, articles and other online tools at our website. Among several issues, we teach you how to avoid medical errors — and overall how to get the best care you can.

If you’re not yet a member, click here to learn more about Trig. If you are a member, be sure to complete your training plan — and don’t be shy to let us know if you have questions.

And do you have a story to share about a healthcare experience? Perhaps it was about a medical error or another issue. Or maybe you have a positive anecdote. Either way, go to Voices on Care — by clicking here — and share your story today.

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Take Control of Your Healthcare

A Washington Post article states that the Department of Veterans Affairs is doing less rather than more about medical errors, even as the problem has led to increased injuries and deaths across the country.

“A report out late Friday from the Government Accountability Office found that the number of investigations of adverse events — the formal term for medical errors —plunged 18 percent from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2014,” the article states. “The examinations shrank just as medical errors grew 7 percent over these years, a jump that roughly coincided with 14 percent growth in the number of veterans getting medical care through VA’s system.”

Despite these facts, you can take control of your healthcare.

You can determine your own destiny.

Trig can help you do that. We’ll teach you how to use the healthcare system, how to avoid errors of all kinds, and even how to save money on your care. If you’re not yet a member, click here to learn more about us.

Do you have a story to share about a healthcare experience? Perhaps it was about a medical error or another issue. Or maybe you have a positive anecdote to offer. Either way, go to Voices on Care — by clicking here — and share your story today.

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When Millennials Stop Seeing Doctors, What Happens?

Millennials are not seeing doctors as often, according to new research on the matter.

“Half of millennials surveyed by ZocDoc, an online appointment website, in June said they visited a doctor less than once a year, with 93 percent saying they did not schedule preventative visits to the doctor,” a new article says. “And 42 percent of millennials said they would most likely cancel a checkup because they were too busy, according to the survey. The millennial generation is also more likely to attempt to solve medical issues independently, with 28 percent saying they would self-diagnose and 36 percent saying they would treat themselves at home, even before seeing a doctor, according to a 2014 healthcare study by the consulting firm Communispace, which now goes by the name C Space.”

Whether you agree with this trend or not, millennials clearly are adjusting to the times. Healthcare can be expensive. Not only that, but research shows that our country spends an estimated $750 billion on healthcare waste. And medical errors now account for hundreds of thousands of death every year.

Trig can help you navigate the healthcare system the way it is — regardless of millennial trends, medical errors or waste. We know what’s going on in the system, and we can teach you the best way to navigate it. With our training, you can save money, be safe, and be the savviest consumer around.

If you’re not yet a member, click here to learn more about Trig.

Do you have a story to share about a healthcare experience? Perhaps it was about a medical error or another issue. Or maybe you have a positive anecdote. Either way, go to Voices on Care — by clicking here — and share your story today.

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Medical Errors Now a Global Concern

The statistics tell a harrowing story about what is happening with medical errors in the U.S.

These errors are now the third leading cause of death — behind cancer and heart disease — and awareness of this problem is growing.

In fact, our Nova Scotia neighbors are looking at the problem, as well. A new report from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness showed that 132 serious incidents and errors were reported over the last 18 months.

“Most events occurred in hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities run by the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK,” the article says.

No matter where you are in the world, Trig wants you to arm yourself with knowledge that can protect you from the extremely common medical errors that can put you or your loved ones in harm’s way.

That’s just what we do — through our training modules and practical resources on how to be the savviest healthcare user around, you will learn to be safe, save money and get the best care possible.

If you’re not yet a member, click here to learn more about Trig.

And do you have a story to share about a healthcare experience? Perhaps it was about a medical error or another issue. Or maybe you have a positive anecdote. Either way, go to Voices on Care — by clicking here — and share your story today.

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Slow Doctors Cause Medical Errors

Medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in America. More people are becoming aware of this problem, and yet we still have to be vigilant about solutions.

One cause of medical errors is an issue called “clinical inertia” — or, when doctors work too slowly.

“Clinical inertia is a major contributor to inadequate treatment in chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and depression,” according to this Huffington Post article on the topic. “It may even account for up to 80 percent of cardiovascular events. Like medical errors, clinical inertia can put a patient in danger. For instance, your depression goes untreated or your blood sugars are always high because you’re not on the right medicine.”

The article goes on to say this is a problem that is under-reported, and because of that, consumers need to take their healthcare into their own hands.

Trig is here to help you do just that. We empower patients and consumers to become knowledgeable about the common but under-the-radar issues that can wreak havoc on your health and your finances. The more you know about how the healthcare system works, the better off you will be.

If you’re not yet a member of Trig, click here to learn more about how we can help you.

And do you have a story to share about a healthcare experience you had? Perhaps it was about a medical error or another issue. Or maybe you have a positive anecdote. Either way, go to Voices on Care — by clicking here — and share your story today.

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Medical Error Prevention Requires More Training

A new survey of first responders shows that they need more training with children in order to prevent medical errors.

“Asked what factors may be most responsible for errors, EMS workers cited inexperience with airway management for tiny bodies, heightened anxiety working with children, and limited proficiency in pediatric skills requiring pint-sized equipment as the top culprits, the survey found,” according to a new article on the survey.

Trig can help you learn what you need to know to get the best care possible, for both the children and adults in your life. While the American healthcare system has its flaws, the better you understand how the system works, the better care you can receive.

If you’re not yet a member, click here to learn more about Trig.

And do you have a story to share about a healthcare experience? Perhaps it was about a medical error or another issue. Or maybe you have a positive anecdote. Either way, go to Voices on Care — by clicking here — and share your story today.

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When Radiology Interpretation Goes Wrong

When it comes to medical imaging interpretation, very few people have reported or understood errors in this area.

Until now, that is. A research group at Emory University School of Medicine recently studied about 1.8 million imaging reports.

“The near misses were most often associated with: mislabeling or misidentification with the wrong patient (52 percent); and wrong dictation (48 percent). These mislabeling or misidentifications most often occurred at the technician level, especially when portable X-ray machines were used (69 percent),” according to an article published in Health Care Business Daily News. “The portables were also associated with 44 percent of wrong dictation events. Some 56 percent of the reports with errors were related to inpatients. The median time for discovering these errors was 22 hours. In total the researchers estimate near-miss radiology reading errors number approximately one in just under 27,000 — 67 out of 1.8 million.”

Trig can teach you how to avoid medical errors, and how to make sure you’re getting the best care possible.

If you’re not yet a member, click here to learn more about Trig.

And do you have a story to share about a healthcare experience? Perhaps it was about a medical error or another issue. Or maybe you have a positive anecdote. Either way, go to Voices on Care — by clicking here — and share your story today.

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Recorded Surgeries Could Reduce Errors

Julie Ayer Ribenzer died at just 38 years old after doctors gave her too much propofol — an anesthetic — during breast implant surgery.

And an even younger patient also became a victim. Raina Ferraro, 19, went into cardiac and respiratory arrest because of negligent anesthesia administration when she had surgery.

Because of these errors, some lawmakers want to require cameras in operating rooms to have surgeries recorded. This would hold accountable the medical professionals responsible for killing patients in the operating room.

“Surgical black boxes, and the proposed Wisconsin and New York laws, may reflect a growing public concern that surgical errors are not being disclosed and that doctors and hospitals are not taking responsibility when errors occur,” according to an article in The National Law Review.

Trig can help you navigate the healthcare system — even without these new laws in place. We can help you verify your diagnosis, select the best surgeon, doctor or other medical provider, as well as negotiate your final bill. Our goal is to help you save time, money and stress — and maybe even a life.

If you’re not yet a member, click here to learn more about Trig.

And do you have a story to share about a healthcare experience? Perhaps it was about a medical error or another issue. Or maybe you have a positive anecdote. Either way, go to Voices on Care — by clicking here — and share your story today.

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Why You Should Choose the Right Hospital

When choosing a school or a place to live, or even when buying a car, you’re likely to be thoughtful about the pros and cons of your choices.

The same is true for your medical care.

In fact, the hospital you choose could predict whether you live or die through your care.

“According to HealthGrades, which provides quality ratings on nearly 5,000 American hospitals, more than 164,470 in hospital complications could potentially have been avoided had all Medicare recipients from 2008 through 2010 gone to top rated hospitals for their procedures,” according to this article.

Trig can teach you how to choose the right hospital or clinic — and what factors you need to consider.

If you’re not yet a member, click here to learn more about Trig.

And do you have a story to share about your experience? Perhaps it was about a medical error or another issue. Or maybe you have a positive anecdote. Either way, go to Voices on Care — by clicking here — and share your story today.

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