Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Hearing music in an operating room during surgery is not uncommon, but it doesn’t usually come from the patient on the operating table. A video surfaced this week of a patient in London playing the violin as surgeons simultaneously removed her brain tumor. Woken up in the middle of the operation, the surgeons wanted to ensure they did not compromise parts of the brain necessary for playing the violin. Read More
• It has certainly been a bad flu season this year, but early signs suggest the vaccine is working, at least for one group. While this season's vaccine has been virtually ineffective against the Type A virus in younger adults, it has been more than 50 percent effective for kids. In all, the CDC estimates at least 14,000 Americans have already died of the flu this season. Read More
• Recruiting and retaining top physician talent is a perennial thorn in the side of health care executives, especially those in rural areas. But forget signing bonuses and relocation packages. According to three CEOs, when physicians evaluate job offers, they now place more weight on location factors such as an area's education system, the quality, and availability of housing, recreational activities, social events, restaurants, and shopping. Read More
• We continue to see an acceleration of rural hospitals shutting their doors, reaching a record-setting 19 last year. A recent report identified nine indicators to measure whether a hospital is likely to close, including occupancy rates, age of the facility, system affiliation, total revenue, and case mix index. While research has shown that states which have expanded Medicaid decreased the likelihood of closure by 70 percent on average, 14 states have still yet to do so. Read More
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