October 15, 2013

More Beds Equal Higher Pay

1 Hospital CEO Pay, Patient Outcomes Not Linked

Salaries of CEOs at nonprofit hospitals are not linked to outcomes for patients, finds a Harvard University study. In 2009, the study found that CEO salaries varied from less than $100,000/year to more than $3 million with an average of $600,000. Higher salaries were paid to CEOs at teaching hospitals in large urban areas and CEOs at hospitals with more beds and more high tech equipment. But successful patient outcomes had no effect on CEO salaries. When they are, “they can have a profound impact on the priorities and effectiveness of U.S. hospitals,” said senior author Ashish Jha. Hospital CEO salaries seem to be out of sync with trends in the health industry, especially as federal health programs link compensation to the quality of care, he said.

More at Bloomberg.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Is Hospital Care Compromised by Recession

Tags: Harvard University, Hospital Care, Hospitals, Patient Outcomes, Hospital CEO Salaries, Ashish Jha, Teaching Hospitals

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Chewing Instead of Repeating

2 Popcorn at Movies Is Bad for Advertisers

Munching on popcorn at the movies may nullify the effects of advertising, say researchers at Cologne University. The study, published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, found that people eating popcorn at movies are less likely to be affected by the repetition of name brands. Researchers believe that people subconsciously mouth out the names of brands that they hear in ads. That process imprints the brand in the mind. However, researchers say that chewing on popcorn during a movie can disturb the repetition process, resulting in ads that are much less effective or memorable to those who have popcorn with their films. Researchers predict that in the future, advertisers could try to prevent the serving of candy and popcorn at the movies. Hmm. Doubtful.

More at Slate | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Popcorn: As Healthy As Fruits and Veggies?

Tags: Movie Snacks, Best Movie Snacks, Advertising Movies, Popcorn Cancels Ads, Popcorn Nullifies Advertising

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No More Chocolate or Cigarettes

3 Red Cross Food Now Versus During World War II

British Red Cross is celebrating their 150th anniversary by releasing a "then and now" list of their food packages. The food components list, which compares modern packages with those given out during World War II, is intended to show how the international movement has changed over the years. While packages sent out during the 1940s included a canned meat roll, canned biscuits, condensed milk, processed cheese, cocoa powder, chocolate, canned pudding and cigarettes, those items are all absent today. The Red Cross packages today include fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as canned food and UHT long-life milk. One thing that has remained constant is the inclusion of tea and sardines.

More at The Telegraph | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dark Chocolate, Red Wine May Kill Cancer Tumors

Tags: Red Cross Anniversary, British Red Cross, Red Cross Parcels, Food Red Cross Packages, Red Cross During Second World War, UHT long-life milk

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