Capsules: FEMA Hurricane Sandy Workers Win Health Benefits; Hospital Shift Changes A Dangerous Time For Patients; Health System Touted By Obama Doesn't Back Medicaid Expansion

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Ankita Rao writes about the decision to give health benefits to FEMA Hurricane Sandy workers: "Just one week after an online petition made news by calling for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to give health benefits to part-time disaster workers responding to Hurricane Sandy, the United States government changed its policy" (Rao, 11/13).

In addition, Alvin Tran reports on the quality issues associated with hospital shift changes: "Before physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital finish their 13-hour shifts in the surgical intensive care unit, they hand off their patients to the crew taking over. The outgoing and incoming doctors carefully exchange important information about each patient to ensure that they are properly cared for through the next shift" (Tran, 11/13).

Also in Capsules, Phil Galewitz reports on Intermountain Healthcare and the health law's Medicaid expansion: "Intermountain Healthcare, the Salt Lake City-based hospital system praised by President Barack Obama as being a model for low-cost, high quality care, says it is not convinced Utah should expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul" (Galewitz, 11/9). Check out what else is on the blog.

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