Cases of hypertension on the rise in ERs; Nurses at Kadlec Regional Medical Center question motive behind bonuses;

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> The number and percentage of patients treated at emergency departments for hypertension are on the rise across the United States, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published in the American Journal of Cardiology. Announcement

> Nurses at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Washington are upset about emails they received with the subject heading "Thank You Bonus." The nurses believe it's the healthcare organization's attempt to bribe them with a $750 bonus instead of continuing negotiation plans, NBC Right Now reports. Article

Health Finance News

> The healthcare sector is expected to create at least 3.8 million new jobs in the United States by 2024 and Forbes has determined which ones will be the hottest in the next decade. Article

> The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has taken legal action to stop a pending merger between two large Chicago-area healthcare providers, Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem, saying the combination of their 16 hospitals would make medical services much more expensive for residents in and around the Windy City. Article

Practice Management News

> Even though physician engagement is critical to the success of any practice endeavor, meetings don't have to be strictly serious. In fact, there could be consequences to being too businesslike in your interactions, wrote Michael Schlosser, M.D., the chief medical officer of HealthTrust, in a recent blog post. Article

And Finally… Bye, bye Kitty. Article