Gov't interference could hurt doc-patient relationship; Better elderly care could cut hospital stays;

> Disputes between doctors and patients over informed consent can lead to litigation, as well as gaps between what patients want to hear and what doctors think patients want to hear, according to an article in this week's PLOS Medicine. Statement

> San Francisco-based Dignity Health and Nashville-based Vanguard Health Systems are looking to join their Arizona hospitals in an accountable care organization and applying for the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the organizations announced last week. Announcement (.pdf)

> Government interference hurts the physician-patient relationship and inhibits appropriate medical care, according to a new paper from the American College of Physicians. Paper (.pdf)

> Tampa's Shriners Hospital for Children has decided to cut the equivalent of 30 jobs to meet its reduced budget, The Tampa Tribune reported. Article

> Hospitals in England could see the number of overnight emergency stays drop by 2.3 million a year with better care services for the elderly, concludes a new report from the think tank, King's Fund, The Press Association reported. Article

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