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Public Employee Health Benefits Have Survived Threats - So Far|
Generous health benefits for public employees have persisted in the face of rising health costs and tight budgets. However, the growing gap between public- and private-sector benefits, coupled with new accounting rules for government agencies, could force public officials to make far-reaching benefit changes. So says a study by Center for Studying Health System Change researchers, published April 18 as a Health Affairs Web Exclusive.
Intubation Errors Point To Systemic Flaws In Out-Of-Hospital Emergency Care
An error occurs almost one time in four when paramedics are called upon to insert a breathing tube into the trachea of a critically ill patient, Henry Wang and coauthors report in the March/April Health Affairs. The frequency of these errors and their persistence across all types of emergency medical services suggests the presence of systemic flaws in out-of-hospital emergency care, the authors say. They cite low Medicare reimbursement and the excessive use of EMS funding to prepare for bioterrorism as obstacles to improving care in this arena.
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Importance of Philanthropy Increasing For Non-Profit Hospitals
Also in the March/April Health Affairs, Jane Haderlein explains that the same competitive pressures that have turned philanthropy from a "nice to have" to a "must have" at nonprofit hospitals have also changed hospital-community relationships, raising new challenges in motivating donors. Halderlein says hospital chief executive officers are finally realizing that they have to devote significant time to the fund-raising process.
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