41% of healthcare organizations looking for temporary docs; Superbug MRSA originates from large city hospitals;

> Forty-one percent of healthcare organizations are looking for temporary physicians, according to a survey of more than 100 healthcare organizations by Staff Care, reported HealthLeaders Media. Although the respondents liked the convenience of using locum tenens, 86 percent of them said high cost was the biggest downside to hiring temporary docs. Article

> Two Georgia nonprofits are discussing a possible affiliation, according to Georgia Health News. Under the partnership, Emory Healthcare would manage Southern Regional Health System. Article

> Twenty-eight local healthcare unions have reached a three-year national deal with Kaiser Permanente to increase wages 3 percent each year for California workers and 2 percent each year for workers in outside the state, the parties announced Friday. Announcement

> A new study finds that superbug MRSA originates from large city hospitals with lots of traffic, then spreads to smaller regional hospitals as patients get transferred. Statement

And Finally… Look away when you get a shot. Statement

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