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April 5, 2012
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  • Patient outcomes don't improve in test of pay-for-performance model
    Hospitals that participated in the Medicare Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration program failed to improve mortality rates for patients with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, pneumonia or coronary-artery bypass grafting. In the study, Premier hospitals and non-Premier hospitals had similar rates of decline in mortality. The study appears in the New England Journal of Medicine. News (3/28), Reuters (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wellness incentives, risk assessments raise questions, experts say
    More U.S. companies are tying employee health premiums to risk assessments and participation in wellness initiatives such as exercise and disease management programs, raising questions about privacy and whether the tactic saves money and improves health. Professor Kevin Volpp of the University of Pennsylvania says data show that programs offering employees choices and immediate rewards work best and that incentives to help people quit smoking are effective. USA TODAY/Kaiser Health News (4/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Policy 
  • L.A. hotels may receive a boost from economic incentives
    The Los Angeles City Council is considering offering incentives to hotels in the area that agree to pay higher wages to workers and that pursue building-modernization projects. The move follows a rally by labor union members calling for higher wages in hotels. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Workplace 
  • Productivity tools can help improve employees' work habits
    New tools make it easier to track how employees spend their time and help them become more productive, H. James Wilson writes. Lumosity offers games designed to develop critical-thinking skills and memory, TheBrain generates a cognitive map of workers' ideas, and RescueTime and Simpleology help workers organize and track their time, Wilson writes. The Wall Street Journal (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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