Uninsured U.S. women rose by 6M in 10 years; GAO says HHS could improve hiring practices;

> The Nursing Alliance for Quality Care issued a list of guiding principles to help nurses and other healthcare providers engage patients, according to AHA News Now. The principles call for mutual responsibilities and accountabilities, as well as shared decision-making. News brief

> The number of uninsured women in America rose by almost 6 million to 18.7 million in 2010, up from 12.8 million in 2000, according to report released today from the Commonwealth Fund. The findings also show that both uninsured and insured American women are more likely to go without necessary healthcare services because of cost concerns than women in 10 other industrialized nations. Report

> The "nocebo effect" strikes again, this time causing patients to become sick either through fake treatment or when doctors warn about possible side effects, concludes a study in the latest issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. Study

> A new Government Accountability Office report suggests the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services could improve its hiring practices. According to the report released yesterday, in 2010, more than 1,400 HHS Title 42 employees earned salaries over Executive Level IV ($155,500 in 2010). Report

> Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center incorrectly billed Medicare for the biological drug Myozyme, leading to $484,000 in overpayments, the Office of The Inspector General said in a report released this week. Report

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