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June 10, 2019

Weekly review: Why telling patients to 'lose weight' just doesn't work

Daily Briefing

    'Controlled chaos': How Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital responded to Friday's mass shooting (Monday, June 3)
    After 12 people were killed and four injured in a mass shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Virginia, victims were rushed to local hospitals. Here's how Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, which received most of the victims, responded.

    Was this doctor's $1.2M salary illegal? (Tuesday, June 4)
    Hospitals are increasingly offering high salaries to specialists who are big referral generators, but the federal government is alleging that, in some cases, these arrangements may count as kickbacks. Here's what you need to know—and why sky-high salaries might not be the right way to recruit specialists in the first place, according to Advisory Board's Hamza Hasan.

    This nurse is saving her hospital up to $30K per year. (Her secret? Plastic bags.) (Wednesday, June 5)
    When Tami Ochs, a behavioral health nurse at Atlantic Health's Overlook Medical Center, realized she could find a smarter way to make disposable bags used to hold the belongings of ED patients, she came up with a solution that reduces blue sterile wrap waste—and could save her hospital $30,000 annually.

    Why telling patients to 'lose weight' just doesn't work (Thursday, June 6)
    Weight loss management can be frustrating for both patients and clinicians—but a recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine reveals concrete ways that providers can improve their patients' odds of success.

    A Colorado town bypassed insurers to negotiate prices directly with the hospital. (And now they're seeing premiums fall 15% to 20%.) (Friday, June 7)
    Faced with high insurance premiums, residents of Summit County, Colorado, decided to negotiate prices directly with the local hospital before getting an insurer involved—and their effort has led to a significant reduction in premiums, John Ingold reports for the Colorado Sun.

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