Hospital loses $514K whistleblower suit over unsafe conditions; Study finds seasonal variations in heart failure mortality;

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> Corona (Calif.) Regional Medical Center lost a $514,000 whistleblower lawsuit; the jury ruled in favor of a former respiratory therapist who claimed he was fired for complaining about unsafe healthcare conditions and wage and hour violations at the facility, The Press-Enterprise reported. Article

> A growing number of heart doctors say U.S. approval requirements for cardiac devices are so demanding that patients are being denied access to beneficial therapies, Reuters reported. Article

> The American Hospital Association, Connecticut Hospital Association, Healthcare Association of New York State and New Jersey Hospital Association have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to relieve hospitals affected by Hurricane Sandy from federal quality reporting requirements. Letter (.pdf)

> A new study examined seasonal, weekly and hourly variations in heart failure admissions and found mortality and length of stay are highest in patients admitted in January, on Friday and overnight. Announcement

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> Despite the rapid growth and proliferation of mHealth over the past decade, systematic research on the impact of new mobile technologies on health outcomes remains scarce, finds an article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Article

> A heated exchange between chief executives of two health exchanges in Kansas led to the board that regulates them to decree that networks cannot charge each other connectivity fees until at least 2015. Article

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