Weekly review

Key articles from Dec. 12-Dec. 16

Missed a day of the Daily Briefing? Here's a quick round-up of top stories and research highlights from last week’s issues.

Gallup: Nurses again deemed 'most trusted' profession (Dec. 14)

For the 10th straight year, nurses topped Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics survey, which measures how trustworthy U.S. residents consider 21 different professions.

Pepsi's challenge: Company partners with Johns Hopkins on bundled payments (Dec. 14)

PepsiCo Inc. has announced a "rare" bundled payment agreement with Johns Hopkins Hospital that will allow its employees to travel to Baltimore for certain complex surgeries.

Lawmakers unveil bipartisan plan to overhaul Medicare (Dec. 15)

A new bipartisan plan to overhaul Medicare—authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)—could blur political lines between the parties and reshape the debate over the program's future.

The hospital fire that changed the industry (Dec. 12)

Fifty years ago last week, a devastating hospital fire in Connecticut cost more than a dozen lives—but ultimately changed the industry for the better, through more stringent safety standards.

Nursing unions plan big holiday strikes coast-to-coast (Dec. 16)

Hospitals on both coasts are bracing for large-scale nursing strikes this holiday season as more than 10,000 RNs are planning walkouts at a handful of major New York and California facilities.

Experts: Stolen patient data is most lucrative form of identity theft (Dec. 13)

On the black market, a Social Security number will cost identity thieves about $3 and credit card information will cost $1.50. A set of electronic health records, however, rings in at about $50.

10 things you’re missing if you’re not logged in (Dec. 12)

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