50% of residents go to work sick; American Cancer Society predicts 18M survivors by 2022;

> Half of residents work while experiencing flu-like symptoms, according to a report published Monday in the online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers estimate that residents work while sick either because they are forced to, or because they face work ethic pressures requiring them to put patient needs before their own, HealthDay News reported. Despite showing strong work ethic, this practice is risky as sick medical workers pose a higher threat of transmitting illness to their patients. Article

> A report by the American Cancer Society, released last week, says there will be nearly 18 million cancer survivors by 2022, according to CBS News. Doctors have urged survivors to maintain a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise as survivors will continue to face challenges such as remaining cancer-free, coping with long-term effects of their cancer treatments and overcoming a higher risk of dying from a different chronic disease. Article

> The American Hospital Association Tuesday urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to revise its inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) rule for fiscal year 2013. The rule would cut IPPS payments by 1.9 percent. The AHA also expressed disapproval with CMS's policy proposal, saying it is inconsistent with community hospital regulations. Letter (.pdf)

> Minnesota's attorney general yesterday amended its complaint against Accretive Health, which allegedly violated debt-collection and consumer-protection laws, reported The Chicago Tribune. The lawsuit will expand to include further complaints alleging that Accretive Health used overly aggressive debt collection methods and violated federal and state privacy laws protecting patient medical records. Article

> Surgical interns are concerned that training duty-hour limits, which were implemented to decrease fatigue, will negatively affect their learning and training experience, according to a survey taken by researchers at The Mayo Clinic and University of Missouri-Kansas City in the June issue of Archives of Surgery. Data shows most interns believe these duty-hour restrictions will decrease continuity with their patients, as well as limit the amount of time spent learning and acquiring practical medical experience. Announcement

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