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Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Excuses start flowing when a good employee leaves: He wanted more money, his colleague got promoted and he didn't, she didn't like the commute. Truth of the matter, experts say, is that good employees rarely leave because of pay or title--even if that's what they end up complaining about in their exit interviews. Good workers often leave because of bad managers; it doesn't matter what an employee thinks about a company as a whole if his individual boss stinks. [Read More]
  Jan. 4, 2008

Editor's Picks
Whites more likely to get ER narcotics
Pain management can make or break patient satisfaction scores in the emergency department (not to mention its effects on patient health), so why don't all patients receive pain medications? A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says race may be a determinant in the prescribing of strong narcotics that manage pain. Emergency room doctors are less likely to prescribe powerful painkillers to nonwhite patients than they are white. [Read More]
California proposal targets deadly staph infection
A California senator is expected to introduce legislation this month that would make California's law for tracking hospital-acquired infections among the nation's strictest. The bill, drafted by Democratic Sen. Elaine Alquist, would require hospitals and nursing homes to publicize their infection rates, as well as to screen high-risk patients for MRSA upon admission. Few states have public reporting laws as sweeping as this one and only four others require this type of screening. [Read More]
How family doctors can make a difference in hospital care
Hospitalists represent one of the fastest growing medical specialty of this decade, and hospitalist programs are often touted as a way to reduce length of stay and decrease costs. But as this Wall Street Journal article highlights, until we have universal electronic medical records, hospitalists may lack critical information about patients' care. [Read More]
Surveying the landscape of the CEO psyche
We all need a good therapist from time to time, and CEOs are no different, but for them, it's not always easy to find a trustworthy adviser. In this month's Inc. magazine, Leslie G. Mayer, a psychologist in leadership coach clothing, breaks down the "CEO psyche." [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
For uninsured, Medicare makes a healthy impact
New York Times - January 2, 2008

Hospitals' actions stops spread of infection
Los Angeles Times - January 2, 2008
Bush signs child healthcare extension into law
AP/Yahoo - December 31, 2007
Almost half of doctors have prescribed placebos
HealthDay/Washington Post - January 4, 2008
Larger emergency rooms planned in two South Florida hospitals
South Florida Sun-Sentinel - January 3, 2008

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