MetroHealth System won't hire smokers; Report: Physicians working harder, earning more;

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> U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius named Andrea Palm her new chief of staff, The Hill's Healthwatch reported. Article

> Starting June 1, MetroHealth System will no longer hire tobacco users in a bid to boost worker productivity, reduce healthcare costs and promote healthier lifestyles, the Cleveland-based organization announced this week. Announcement

> Thanks to an influenza patient safety program, Hospital Corporation of America saw its mean vaccination rate for clinical personnel increase to more than 90 percent over three years, according to a report in the Journal of Healthcare Quality. Announcement

Health Provider News

> For the first time in several years, physician income is up in most specialties, although doctors' attitudes about practicing medicine aren't necessarily on the upswing, according to a new physician compensation report from Medscape Today. Article

> The June issue of Consumer Reports examines patient experiences at physician offices and finds many common problems persist. Article

And Finally… Trees don't make good, or legal, parking spots. Article