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Funny Medicine?
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Tuesday was what may be the greeting card industry's least celebrated holiday: National Boss Day. Did your balloon bouquet arrive? If not, you may want to think about why. Or, according to a recent Inc. magazine article, you may want to consider making your organization more fun. According to Inc., more companies are making fun a core company value. These companies take fun far beyond the annual holiday party and summer BBQ by offering perks like onsite spa services, doggy daycare and nap rooms. A big fan of fun, I was intrigued by this story and wondered: Is there a place for fun in healthcare? [Read More]
  Oct. 19, 2007

 
Editor's Picks
Democrats look ahead as veto override falters
Democrats in Congress are hard at work on a new version of the SCHIP bill that President Bush vetoed earlier this month. With little hope for overriding Bush's veto, bill supporters say they will consider revising the bill in order to address Bush's concerns while still meeting the needs of 10 million uninsured children. [Read More]
California governor vetoes hospital disclosure proposal
With more and more states taking steps toward full transparency, California took a step backwards this week as Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed a Legislative bill that would have made it easier for the public to review hospital performance. This is a move in the opposite direction from many states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland that have mandated some level of public reporting. Just last month New York City made public the annual infection and death rates at the city's 11 public hospitals. [Read More]
Will there be enough doctors?
With the demand for physicians growing by the day and the supply of docs getting smaller by the hour, the much-talked about physician shortage is at the top of many a leader's worry list. This month's HealthLeaders magazine cover story digs into the issues surrounding this problem and what hospitals can do about it. [Read More]
Deadly bacteria found to be more common
Infection control topics lead the news this week as the results of a new study were released, stating that almost 19,000 people in the United States died in 2005 due to virulent drug-resistant bacteria infections from stays in hospitals and nursing homes. This number means that nearly one of every five patients died. The data was collected from nine organizations, and analyzed by researchers from the CDC. [Read More]
Minnesota limit on gifts to doctors may catch on
For two years, pharma drug reps have not been able to give doctors in Minnesota more than $50 worth of food or other gifts per year, and the impact has been significant. In fact, the number of visits that primary care doctors accepted from these reps decreased at almost twice the rate of the nationwide decline. Researchers have long been interested in how prescribing patterns and gift giving correlate, and the movement in Minnesota may be providing a more definitive answer. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
McCain healthcare plan puts focus on spending
New York Times - October 12, 2007

America's top hospitals are real lifesavers
HealthDay/Washington Post - October 15, 2007
AT&T, Verizon may shift to union-run health funds
AP/The Tennessean - October 17, 2007
States may reduce number of children in insurance plan
Washington Post - October 15, 2007
DC probe targets insurer's contracts
Washington Post - October 18, 2007
From HealthLeaders Magazine
The Great Disclosure Debate

HealthLeaders October 2007 With everyone from competitors to patients urging a shift to full transparency, many executives are facing a decision: Should we post our quality data? [Read More]
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