D.C. hospitals ask for--and receive--tax hike; Medication adherence is correlated more to the patient than the treatment;

> The Pennsylvania Department of Health has cited that Temple University Hospital's lung, kidney, heart and liver transplant programs failed to meet Medicare regulations. Temple has seven months to respond, during which time programs can operate normally. Article

> Stroke patients may regain walking ability just as easily at home than with a formal rehabilitation program, concludes a study published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers think using home-based exercise for stroke rehabilitation will result in huge healthcare savings. Study abstract

> Not all care is created equal. Or so it seems in Massachusetts, were some hospitals are paid significantly more than others for providing similar medical services, reports the Boston Globe. State officials found that Cambridge Health Alliance was paid less than $5,000 each C-section performed in 2009, while Massachusetts General Hospital was paid more than $10,000 each. Article

> Just two days after hospitals offered to pay higher taxes to keep federal matching funds for Medicaid, the D.C. Council adopted a 2012 budget that raises the per-licensed bed tax on hospitals to $3,788, reports the Washington Business Journal. Article

> Medication adherence may have less to do with the specific condition or treatment regimen and more to do with the patient, according to a new data from the National Health and Wellness Survey, conducted by Kantar Health. The findings suggest that researchers should look at adherence patterns within an individual, rather than within a given condition. Press release

And Finally... 10 ways to mess up a doctor's appointment. Article

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