Heavy flu season means more money for hospitals; Superstorm Sandy will cost health system $800M;

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> Surgeons with more experience should perform esophageal cancer surgery, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Researchers looked at the relation between hospital and surgeon volume and long-term survival in patients and found esophageal cancer surgery should be concentrated to fewer surgeons. Study Abstract

> Heavy flu season could mean more money for hospitals, as they see increased patient volume and hospitalizations, CNBC reported. Health Management Associates and HCA, especially, could see revenues jump, as more than 80 percent of their beds are in states with the highest flu levels. Article

> New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation estimates costs related to Superstorm Sandy will top $800 million, the healthcare system announced yesterday. The costs will cover response, repairs, revenue loss and permanent reconstruction work needed to prevent future flood damage. Statement

> A Cook County Circuit Court judge placed a preliminary injunction on Northwest Community Hospital, barring it from revoking the admitting privileges of a surgeon, Crain's Chicago Business reported. The surgeon accused the Illinois hospital of trying to force her out to boost the practices of rival surgeons. Article

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> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has allocated $1.9 million for new telehealth resource centers, in amounts of up to $300,000 for the national center and $325,000 for each regional center, through the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program. Article

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