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Hospitals & Health Networks: Medicare Disadvantage We can solve our short-term Medicare budget crisis by slashing provider-payment levels but, in the long run, that will condemn us to a health care system of hamster care, where providers are on a treadmill of discounted fee for service. Rather, we should build organizations and partnerships that embrace risk for the care of the elderly population. These sophisticated service businesses must combine cutting-edge information technologies, evidence-based medicine, and patient- and family-centered support systems to keep costs low and to keep us patients functioning at the highest possible level into our dotage (Ian Morrison, 7/5). Columbia Journalism Review: Keeping An Eye On Patient Safety: What We Can Learn From The Brits I have just returned from England, where as a Fulbright Senior Specialist I attended a conference of European health journos and participated in meetings with health care academics and government officials. One of them was from Britain's National Health Service, the NHS??you know, that so-called socialist organization reviled in some quarters here in the U.S for allowing patients to die on the streets. At the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement I learned about some pretty cool stuff that has found its way into UK hospitals and improved care for patients. What's more, some of these new practices have taken root in Oregon hospitals in a collaborative organized by CareOregon, a health plan that insures some 150,000 Oregonians, mostly those on Medicare and Medicaid (Trudy Lieberman, 7/6). Governing: A National Model For Curbing Childhood Obesity When nearly half of your elementary school student population is either overweight or at risk of becoming obese, you have a serious problem. In 2002, a Tufts University study found that 46 percent of first- through third-graders in the Boston suburb of Somerville, a working-class city of 75,000, were at risk of becoming or were obese, a chronic illness that can lead to diabetes and heart disease. Rather than try to mandate certain behavioral changes, a group of community leaders decided to motivate change by creating a citywide campaign to slow down and reverse the weight epidemic (Jessica B. Mulholland, July 2011). Time: Less-Educated Women Have More Children. Or Is It the Other Way Around? It makes sense that education would impede childbearing. In nearly every country, women with more education tend to have fewer children than less-educated mothers. But new research suggests it may actually work the other way around: having more children hamstrings women's education. ... The study's findings also underscore the need for affordable child care ?? and for contraception, considering that half of U.S. pregnancies are unintended (Bonnie Rochman, 7/5).

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