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No 'Health' in Healthcare?
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

An article in this week's Boston Globe describes several companies' efforts to improve employee health and reduce insurance costs by docking pay from employees deemed "unhealthy." It's part of a growing trend across all industries to encourage employee health through reward and, as the case may be, punishment. Not surprisingly, employee advocacy groups like The National Workrights Institute are against the practice, saying employers are trying to control personal behavior and inappropriately collecting private health information. I think it's a great idea--albeit rife with potential problems. Kinder, gentler efforts haven't worked. [Read More]
  Sept. 14, 2007

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Senators seek public listing of payments to docs
New legislation was introduced in the Senate late last week, which would require drug and medical device makers to publicly report nearly all gifts and payments that they make to physicians. Some states already require disclosures, but this bill is more comprehensive than any state measures. The bill is in response to concerns that perks lead doctors to prescribe more expensive drugs and devices. [Read More]
New York puts hospital error data online
In yet another example of the growing trend of hospitals to publicly report patient safety data, New York City now posts online the infection and death rates of its 11 public hospitals. The Web site allows users to see the overall death rate, death rate after heart attacks, and rate of preventable bloodstream infections, among other measures. As more states and now cities mandate public reporting, hospitals face increased pressure to make public their patient safety and quality data. [Read More]
In shift, auto workers flee to healthcare jobs
Facing a labor shortage? You may want to look to the auto industry, which has workers to spare, according to a Wall Street Journal article. Detroit automakers are looking to replace higher-waged workers with less expensive help through a cheaper labor agreement. As part of their efforts to persuade workers to leave their union jobs, automakers are helping employees find comparable pay in other jobs. Ford Motor Co. offers workers a buyout package that includes schooling. Ford says nearly half of its former workers who are going to school are studying medical fields: nursing, radiology, dental hygiene, and pharmacology. Former autoworkers say they're drawn to jobs in healthcare because the pay is good and the jobs more stable. [Read More]
A remedy for hospital noise
Ever spend a night in a hospital bed? If you have, you know hospitals are noisy places. Research has shown hospital noise decibel levels at night are equivalent to the decibel levels of a jackhammer. James West, a noted acoustics professor at Johns Hopkins University is working with the hospital to implement sometimes simple fixes to make the facility a quieter place. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Pending Medicare rule spurs new rehab centers
St Louis Post-Dispatch - September 13, 2007

Healthcare working to become more green
Chicago Tribune - September 12, 2007
Texas medical center uses house calls to keep ER numbers down
Boston Globe - September 7, 2007
Hospitalists taking over role played by primary care physicians
Washington Post - September 11, 2007
In Holland, some see model for U.S. healthcare system
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - September 6, 2007
Tenet is losing its chief medical officer
Dallas Morning News - September 12, 2007
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