Hospital ED closes for radiation scare; Patient stays longer with veteran docs;

> Patients had longer lengths of stay under the care of seasoned physicians, compared to younger physicians who may recertify more often, according to a study abstract in the American Journal of Medicine, reports Reuters. Article

> Healthcare spending grew at an annual rate of 4.7 percent in the first four months of 2011, according to a report by the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. Any sharper increases in the next few months might be cause for concern, according to researchers. Press Release

> Faith-based rules following a hospital merger between University Hospital in Kentucky with Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare and Lexington-based St. Joseph Health System, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, will ban tubal ligations at the merged institutions, reports the Courier-Journal. Article

> Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas in San Diego on Saturday temporarily closed its emergency department after a radiation scare, reports NBC San Diego. Article

> Nearly 200 patients were transferred to a new $636-million facility at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. More than 600 medical staff trained for months for preparing to move each patient, reports the Los Angeles Times. Article

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