Into the debate about the frequency of cancer screenings steps the Gallup Organization, whose survey shows that a majority of Americans are satisfied with how often such screenings occur. Fifty-eight percent think that Pap smears, mammograms, and other screening tests are performed often enough. Thirty-one percent say they are not done often enough, while 7 percent say they are done too often. Expert recommendations for mammograms and, more recently, the PSA test — saying that they are done too frequently — have kicked up considerable debate.
Do not expect employers to stop sponsoring health care coverage en masse because of the Affordable Care Act, says a survey of 500 companies taken by Gfk Custom Research North America. Fifty-six percent say that they will continue offering benefits even after health reform is fully in place. Only 4 percent of the largest companies are considering terminating coverage altogether.
Billing itself as the “toughest standard-bearer” when it comes to grading hospitals, the Leapfrog Group last month released its list of top hospitals. Sixty-five made the cut, the same number as last year. Leapfrog focuses mainly on three areas: patient outcomes, resources used in care, and management practices that promote safety and quality. A list of the top hospitals, and the rankings for all participating hospitals is at http://www.leapfroggroup.org.