MNA Daily NewsScan, October 23, 2012: Take a sick day – you’re fired; Kennedy trial begins


“Substantial” Variation from State to State in Hospital Safety Records    The rankings are based on an analysis of data released annually by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and look at how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.

U.S. Health Care Costs Comparison Doesn’t Add Up   How much is good health care worth to you? $8,233 per year? That’s how much the U.S. spends per person.  Worth it?


Another Blow to Scott Walker’s Attempts to Strip Collective Bargaining Unit Laws  Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas to place his September ruling on hold while an appeal is pending. Colas refused, saying Van Hollen and the state “failed to show that they will suffer irreparable harm if the stay is not granted.”

Milwaukee Nurses Push Back on Proposed Benefit Cuts   Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s plan to deny health benefits to part-time workers unless they work at least 30 hours a week would result in an exodus of part-time nurses at the county’s Mental Health Complex, nurses and their supporters said Monday.

Take a Sick Day?  You’re Fired   ….He checked her into the hospital. A few days later, she was discharged and walked 15 blocks to beg her employer for her job back. She said he was disgusted: You’re old and you’re sick. With that, she said, he sent her back to chop in a basement filled with two inches of gray water.


Kennedy Son Goes on Trial Over Alleged Assault of Nurses   According to Assistant District Attorney Amy Puerto, the nurses were simply following protocol set up in newborns’ interests when they tried to keep baby Bo from leaving the hospital.  The infant’s father not only didn’t back down, but he fought back — even twisting one nurse’s arm and kicking another — the prosecutor said.