Feds pick up half of New Jersey's Medicaid bill; Unhealthy behaviors boost healthcare costs;

> Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, has been named an epicenter for robotic surgery by Intuitive Surgical Inc., the makers of the da Vinci Si Surgical System, reports the Dayton Business Journal. Intuitive Surgical selects epicenters based on patient outcomes, the hospital's passion for teaching, and its ability to convey the value held for its patients. Article

> The federal government has agreed to foot the bill for half of New Jersey's Medicaid program for low-income, childless adults through 2013, saving the state more than $300 million, reports Associated Press. Article

> The number of people treated in U.S. hospitals for medication-related injuries has jumped more than 50 percent in recent years, reports the New York Times. Article

> Start-up QuickCheck Health is pushing for more at-home medical tests, reports Technology Review. According to company, patients will be attracted to convenience and cheaper cost, and moving medical testing into the home could help with the shortage of primary-care doctors. Article

> Unhealthy behaviors, like overeating, alcohol consumption, and smoking escalate healthcare costs, according to the Thomson Reuters Workforce Wellness Index. These unhealthy lifestyle factors cost companies an average of $670 per employee in additional healthcare expenses. Report

And Finally... Safety first. Article