Top hospital execs earn large bonuses; High-income patients delay medical care;

>The American Hospital Association echoed criticism of The Leapfrog's Group's hospital safety scorecards. In a letter to the Leapfrog CEO, the AHA voiced its concern that the current scoring method was unreliable and biased and contained considerable data errors, the association said. Statement

> A survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that even insured, high-income patients delay seeking medical care, American Medical News reported Tuesday. Data shows that 38 percent of patients with an income of more than $90,000 delay seeking healthcare, citing concerns about high costs. One in 5 patients surveyed said that they had experienced difficulty paying medical expenses in the past year. Article

> Quincy Medical Group (Ill.) will join Iowa Health System's accountable care organization in an affiliation agreement, reported The Quincy Harold-Whig Friday. This merger will allow Quincy Medical to acquire more specialty practices so patients will have access to local specialized care. Article

> The risk of being hospitalized is three times greater for patients with Alzheimer's, American Medical News reported Monday. Medical professionals cite a high likelihood of delirium in Alzheimer's patients as a reason for increased hospitalization, compounded with patients' difficulty communicating with physicians, making diagnoses more challenging. Article

> Top hospital executives in Montana received large pay raises and bonuses between 2010 and 2011 that reached as high as $700,000, The Billings Gazette reported Sunday. Hospital officials have called this payout to execs, all of whom already earn six-figure salaries, an anomaly. Hospital officials state that such payouts are necessary to ensure that top organizations continue to provide quality care. Article

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