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The Silent Treatment 'Just Be Quiet About It'

December 7, 2007
A culture of fear keeps doctors and other health care workers from speaking out about medical errors and dangerous practices. Efforts to improve health care quality have slammed up against a reluctance among medical workers to report preventable errors.
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Workers Opting Out Of Employer Health Coverage

November 30, 2007
Employees in the Kansas City, Missouri, area are opting out of employer-sponsored health insurance in favor of individual coverage, a trend that could spread to other regions, according to brokers and the local offices of BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City.
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More Health Insurers Adopt Doctor Ranking Model

November 27, 2007
More health insurers have adopted New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s doctor ranking model, thereby agreeing to fully disclose to consumers, physicians and plan sponsors the cost and quality metrics they use to rank doctors.
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Injured Younger Workers More Likely to Visit ER

November 15, 2007
Younger employees injured on the job are more likely to visit an emergency room than are their older counterparts. Hospital ERs often provide the first stop for employees injured at work, but those ages 20 to 34 are 17 percent more likely to visit an emergency room than are employees over 45.
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Blues to Stop Paying for ‘Never Events’

November 14, 2007
Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans will no longer pay for serious errors and hospital-acquired conditions called 'never events,' a senior executive said at the annual National Business Coalition on Health conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Business Group Seeks an End to Employer-Based Health Coverage

November 13, 2007
A business group whose list of corporate donors includes Coca-Cola, IBM and MetLife is calling for an end to employment-based health care, saying that overhauling the U.S. health insurance system is necessary because employers are unable to cooperate to reduce costs.
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