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The Week in Numbers by charlottegee
February 6, 2009, 10:11 am
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Installment #11: “Everything’s gonna get lighter, even if it never gets better” – Mates of State

“This is not the time to say, ‘Honey, I’m making $300,000 a year but I’m going off to start a company,’ ” Higgins said. “You’re buying a divorce if you’re starting a company in this climate.”

Of that $6 billion, $2 billion would be for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to support information technology.

But some experts, including David Brailer, former national coordinator for health IT, note that studies have estimated that it would cost $75 billion to $100 billion to implement EHRs nationwide. These observers also believe it would take up to 10 years to achieve this goal.

[The report] found more than 60,000 people were exposed to hepatitis, and at least 400 people were infected with it in 33 outbreaks linked with blatant safety violations. The report covered the period from 1998 to 2008. Many involved reuse of syringes.

Humana … has promised to adopt machine-readable patient ID cards and, in the process, won the acclaim of the Medical Group Management Association, which estimates the cards could save physician offices and hospitals as much as $1 billion a year.

Patients who have a clear understanding of their after-hospital care instructions are 30 percent less likely to be readmitted or visit the emergency department than patients who lack this information

The share of firms with fewer than 10 workers that offer health benefits has declined by 16 percent since 2001, to 49 percent, according to an annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust, while the rate in larger firms essentially stayed flat.

It’s lottery day, and 45 county residents who lack health insurance and money to pay for medical care are competing for 30 openings [to a free clinic] on a cold afternoon in January.

Can 50,000 Workers Reinvent Themselves?

His co-worker, Daniel Fries, won the first month, after losing about 16 pounds to Mr. Ee’s 10, and Mr. Ee paid him $20. Then, Mr. Ee said, “it got serious.”

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