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A Closer Look at Hospital Competition: Hospital Quality Becomes Increasingly Important PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Health
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 02:57

A Closer Look at Hospital Competition(Part two of a series. Part one can be read here , and part three can be read here .)


Two parallel movements are making hospitals more accountable in terms of their processes and outcomes: an orientation toward consumers, and an increasing emphasis on quality by the organizations that pay for health care - particularly the federal government.

"We're in kind of a new age," said Dr. Tom Evans, president and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, an organization formed by the Iowa Hospital Association and the Iowa Medical Society. "Transparency wasn't really even germane until recently. We couldn't even define what good health care was until 15 years ago."

The Hijacking of Children’s Health PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Health
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 02:38

Like pirates lurking on the high seas looking for victims, politicians probably wear their best buccaneer smirks whenever a new program to help children becomes accepted into law. And much like a wealthy, unsuspecting merchant ship, children's programs are in constant danger of being pillaged.

Millions Will Soon Be in the Prescription-Drug-Coverage “Doughnut Hole” PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Health
Tuesday, 22 August 2006 22:32

"Part D" is a Medicare prescription-drug benefit that began this year to save many senior citizens thousands of dollars, but millions of people will soon enter the "doughnut hole" in which they get no coverage.

At an Iowa Citizen Action Network press conference concerning Part D earlier this summer, retired Davenport senior and Part D activist Jim Hughes said, "This is a hoax, this health-care industry" about the gap in coverage between $2,250 and $5,100 where seniors and disabled people pay for 100 percent of their drug costs. This gap is referred to as the "doughnut hole."

Hospital WiFi Network Brings Benefits to Genesis Guests, Health-Care Providers PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Health
Tuesday, 25 April 2006 18:00
The wireless-Internet, or WiFi, network is available at no cost at Genesis’ Davenport, DeWitt, and Silvis campuses. The wireless network allows hospital visitors to get work done at the hospital so they can spend more time with their loved ones, rather than having to go home or to the office.

Does Abortion Impact the Mental Health of Women? PDF Print E-mail
News/Features - Health
Tuesday, 17 January 2006 18:00
A new study from New Zealand, published in the Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, raises important questions about the impact of abortion on the mental health of women. Researchers found that those reporting abortion prior to age 21 had rates of mental disorders from age 21 to 25 that were over 1.

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