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Readers Weigh In
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Earlier this month, I wrote about companies penalizing workers for being unhealthy ("No 'Health' In Healthcare?"). This growing trend has received mixed reviews from employees, employee rights advocacy groups, and companies alike. I asked readers to weigh in on whether punishment for unhealthy habits is a good solution. Readers had a lot to say. [Read More]
  Sept. 28, 2007

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House passes children's health bill
Ignoring veto threats from President Bush, the House passed a $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program with majority support from both Democrats and Republicans. The Senate is expected to send it to the president with a veto-proof, bipartisan majority as well. Supporters have long been campaigning for this bill, which if passed will expand the $5 billion-a-year program by an average of $7 billion a year over the next five years. Despite pushback from Bush and the GOP, the bill has gained the support of the health insurance industry, the AARP, and the American Medical Association, among others. [Read More]
Hospitals' primary care docs boost outcomes
If you haven't yet implemented a hospitalist program, you may want to. Not only do hospitalists improve patient care but a new study finds that hospitalists help shorten a patient's stay by nearly a day. The researchers looked at 9,000 patients discharged between 2002 and 2004, and found that 2,913 patients cared for by hospitalists had an average hospital stay of just over 5 days, compared to nearly 6 days for the 6,124 patients cared for by non-hospitalists. [Read More]
Atlanta hospital screens nonemergent patients
If you're a hospital leader and you have an emergency department, you probably worry about overcrowding. Leaders at even the most efficient EDs struggle with what to do with nonemergent patients who crowd the emergency room. One Atlanta hospital has begun screening patients to determine who actually requires emergency care (by condition or by definition of federal law). Patients who don't require emergency care are referred to a primary care physician or given the option to stay and pay $150 up front. [Read More]
Healthcare satisfaction odds are less than 50-50
Less than 50 percent of Americans consider their healthcare to be exemplary, according to a new survey done by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Perception of healthcare quality tended to vary depending on race, ethnicity, and type of insurance. The survey results were taken from poll answers from 21,000 adults, 18 and older, who had gone to the doctor within the year. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Report: Healthcare quality improving
Orlando Business Journal - September 25, 2007

At many homes, more profit and less nursing
New York Times - September 23, 2007
Retro medicine: Doctors making house calls (for a price)
New York Times - September 23, 2007
Insurers' hospital payments soon online
Boston Globe - September 22, 2007
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