AHRQ names replacement for Carolyn Clancy; 20% of women don't trust online cancer calculator results;

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> The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced this week that Richard Kronick will replace outgoing director Carolyn Clancy. Kronick joined the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in January 2010 as deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, and oversaw the Office of Health Policy, MedPage Today reports. Article

> In a new study published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling, it was determined that 20 percent of women don't trust online cancer calculator results. "We're often so confident that if we just give people the numbers, they'll understand and make good decisions--or see the numbers the way we do," University of Michigan psychologist Angela Fagerlin, the study's lead author, told NPR. "But it doesn't always turn out that way." Article

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> Younger nurses in hospital settings, on short-staffed units and working day shifts are most likely to experience physician verbal abuse, concluded a survey of 1,328 newly licensed registered nurses from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's RN Work Project. Article

> Shands Healthcare, a nonprofit health system in Florida, has agreed to pay $26 million to settle fraud allegations, attorneys announced Monday in a report from the U.S. Department of Justice. "We uncovered a severe lack of management oversight and a systemic failure to follow Medicare and Medicaid regulations," said whistleblower Terry Myers in a statement, who worked for Shands as an independent consultant in 2006 and 2007 to audit the health system's billing practices. Article

And Finally… Note to self: When I'm sick, do NOT see a veterinarian. Article

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