1. Happy Patient No Indicator of Better Outcomes. What does a satisfied patient look like clinically? Not what you might expect — in fact, happy patients have higher rates of hospitalization and mortality.
2. Tavenner Hints at ICD-10 Delay. Acting Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner vowed to work with doctors to “reexamine the pace at which we implement ICD-10,” the medical diagnosis coding update that organized medicine has been pushing Medicare to delay.
3. Smoking Bans No Cue to Light Up at Home. Laws that banned smoking in public places in four European countries did not result in more smoking in the home.