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As it turns out, health care remains an important recruitment and retention tool as the labor market has tightened in recent years. Desirable employees still expect health benefits, and companies are responding, new analyses of federal data show.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/05/business/employers-keep-health-insurance-despite-affordable-care-act.html?_r=0

 

"The financial difficulties that stem from dealing with cancer can lead people to avoid or delay care or drugs, studies suggest, and also may cause stress that can lead to mental and physical health problems.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/04/08/cancers-sinister-side-effect-financial-toxicity/

 

"People are extremely unwilling to accept risk when the consequences are unknown (patients avoid sharing data if they don’t know how it will benefit or harm them) ... People are more willing to accept the risk when the reward is achievable, and the alternative is very harmful (patients with severe illnesses would readily share data when there is a possibility it could save their life or eliminate significant suffering)..."

http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2016/04/08/what-to-do-about-health-care-data-sharing/

 

“Almost 40 percent of potentially harmful drug orders weren’t flagged as dangerous by the systems, Leapfrog found. These included medication orders for the wrong condition or in the wrong dose based on things like a patient’s size, other illnesses or likely drug interactions.”

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/hospital-software-often-doesnt-flag-unsafe-drug-prescriptions-report-finds/

 

"This woman secretly recorded her doctors during surgery. This is what she heard."

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/this-patient-secretly-recorded-her-doctors-while-they-operated/2016/04/07/bbd43400-fcd4-11e5-813a-90ab563f0dde_video.html?tid=sm_tw

     

    “All this comes amid growing concern nationwide about the financial toll from industry consolidation, as big health systems amass market clout by acquiring more hospitals, outpatient facilities and physician offices.”

    http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/07/473253558/big-california-firms-take-on-health-care-giant-over-cost-of-care

     

    “In what is believed to be the first large-scale analysis of such data, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania looked at 17,000 Yelp reviews of 1,352 hospitals from consumers. They found that the online information provides a broader sense of a facility than the current gold standard — a U.S. government survey that costs millions of dollars to develop and implement each year.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/04/05/going-to-the-hospital-read-the-yelp-reviews-first/

     

    “It may seem like a no-brainer to include patients' assessments of their physical and mental conditions and quality of life into medical care, but such patient-generated data have traditionally been confined to research rather than clinical settings. Clinicians have typically focused more on physical exams, medical tests and biological measures to guide patient care.

    However, as patient-centered medical care has taken hold in recent years, there's been a growing interest in finding ways to use outcomes reported by individuals to help guide care.”

    http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/04/05/473089452/how-patients-reports-on-their-health-can-help-doctors-do-a-better-job