MNA NewsScan, July 3, 2013: Nurses, staffing, special skills combine to improve care for cancer patients


More Cancer Specialist Nurses Improve Hospital Care   Patients of better staffed trusts were more likely to report that people treating and caring for them worked well together and they received enough emotional support during outpatient treatment.


Obamacare Postpones Employer Mandate for a Year    Employers who don’t provide health insurance will be spared penalties of up to $3,000 per worker until 2015, a one-year delay of a major component of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.

Kickstart Your Medical Bills   The Kennett family of Alexandria is one of thousands turning to the Internet to raise money for medical bills. The sites that host these campaigns operate much like online business fundraising sites such as Kickstarter.

American Way of Birth Is Costliest in the World   The couple had to approach the nine months that led to the birth of their daughter in May like an extended shopping trip though the American health care bazaar, sorting through an array of maternity services that most often have no clear price and — with no insurer to haggle on their behalf — trying to negotiate discounts from hospitals and doctors.

Why Our Health Care Lets Prices Run Wild   So why is our health care spending more than 17% of our gross domestic product, far more than any other country?


NLRB Uncertainty Benefits Big Corporate Donors   Republican senators who support a lawsuit that could shut down the National Labor Relations Board have received more than $6 million over the years from corporations that have already benefited from the lawsuit, according to a new analysis of campaign finance data.

Hyatt Workers Win Deal After Full-Court Press    Over the last three years, hotel workers employed nearly every tactic of a modern corporate campaign against Hyatt.

Rise of the Blue-Collar “Permatemp”   A recent ProPublica analysis found that at least 840,000 temp workers across the U.S. work blue-collar jobs earning them less than $25,000 a year. These aren’t day laborers, but regular employees of temp agencies working in the supply chains of some of America’s largest companies, such as Walmart and Nike.