Contraceptive mandate blocked by appeals court; The hidden costs of incentivizing patient satisfaction;

News From Around the Web

> Tourists are raising insurance rates for residents in Summit County, Colo., a premier travel destination, according to PBS News Hour. That's because the rates are based on the price and utilization of medical services, which takes into account all medical visits, including those of the thousands of visiting tourists. Article (video included)

> A federal appeals court on Friday blocked the healthcare reform law's contraceptive coverage mandate, the first such enforcement ban, the Insurance Journal reported. Article

> Experts have found more insurers are offering group voluntary benefits to mid-market employers as the group voluntary benefit market outpaces the individual market, according to Business Insurance. Article

Hospital Management News

> A healthcare system that incentivizes patient satisfaction comes at the cost of patient's lives, patient safety, increased healthcare costs, and decreased access for those who truly need care, according to the chief financial officer and vice president of strategy for the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality. Blog Post

> Hoarding can cause hospitals to overstock their facilities by 30 percent, according to the CEO and president of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in New Jersey. With data tracking, hospitals could achieve operational efficiency. Blog Post

And Finally... TlhIngan SuvwI' ba'taH veng SuvwI' tIj. Article