Erlanger Recognized by U.S. News
For the third straight year, the Erlanger Health System has been named among “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s 2013-14 Top Hospitals edition.
Erlanger was named “Best Hospital by Metro Area,” and ranked one of the top eight hospitals in Tennessee. Erlanger was also the only local hospital to be recognized for the high performing specialties of diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology and nephrology.
The report also recognizes Dr. Louis Lambiase, Professor and Associate Dean with the UT College of Medicine and physician with Erlanger’s Academic Gastroenterology practice, as among the top 1% of gastroenterologists in the nation. Before his arrival at Erlanger in 2009, Dr. Lambiase served as Chief of Gastroenterology at University Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.
“As the region’s only academic teaching hospital and Level One Trauma Center, we are extremely pleased to have earned this national recognition from U.S. News & World Report for the third straight year,” said Erlanger President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE. “It’s a notable tribute to Erlanger’s capabilities and service to the region; we practice what we teach.”
In making the announcement, U.S. News & World Report rankings editor Avery Comarow said, "The mission of ‘Best Hospitals’ is to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face a particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age.”
The 24th edition of U.S. News and World Report showcases the best of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals. Methodology for rating hospitals includes data that is publicly available and less subjective, such as information collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS Hospital Compare).
According to publication officials, the methodology “gives hospitals with solid clinical data more opportunity to show consumers how well they perform, and hospital reputation still counts.”
Other criteria used in the U.S. News & World Report ratings include patient survival, infection rates, patient safety measures, nurse-to-patient ratios and responses from medical specialists to opinion surveys. Highlights of the newest rankings will appear in U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, to go on sale in August. Complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A survey of economists ahead of the official Labor Department employment report due out today is predicting another good month, following the best three-month burst of hiring in 17 years.
Economists in the FactSet survey have forecast a job gain of 240,000 and a drop in unemployment to a near-normal 5.6 percent from 5.7 percent. That would be evidence of a job market that continues to outshine others around the world.
A bright outlook among employers has translated into a robust average of 267,000 jobs added monthly over the past 12 months. That means there are 3.2 million more Americans earning paychecks now than at the start of 2014. That additional income, along with sharply lower gas prices, has left more Americans able to spend.
The steady hiring may also finally be forcing wages up.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Labor Department releases its February jobs report today.
Even though harsh winter weather may have discouraged some hiring, economists foresee a solid job gain of 240,000 and a drop in unemployment to a near-normal 5.6 percent.
Also this morning, the Commerce Department releases international trade data for January. And this afternoon the Federal Reserve will have January consumer credit data.
FED-BANK STRESS TESTS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- All of the nation's 31 largest banks are adequately fortified to withstand a severe U.S. and global recession and keep lending, the Federal Reserve says.
Results of the Fed's annual "stress tests" show that as a group, the 31 banks are stronger than they have been at any time since the 2008 financial crisis struck, thanks to a steadily recovering economy. The results build on positive outcomes from last year's tests.
The Fed will announce next week whether it will approve the banks' plans to issue dividends or repurchase shares.
The banks tested included JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo and Co. -- the four biggest U.S. banks by assets.
The Fed has conducted stress tests of the largest U.S. banks since 2009.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is helping California drivers shop for car insurance as part of a new service that could foreshadow the Internet company's latest attempt to shake up a long-established industry.
The feature unveiled Thursday compares auto insurance quotes from up to 14 carriers that are participating in the comparisons. The policies can then be bought online or through an agent. Google will receive a cut from the insurance sales. The Mountain View, California, company says the size of the commissions won't influence how it ranks the price quotes.
Google Inc. plans to provide car insurance quotes in other states, too.
A Forrester Research analyst suspects Google is trying to learn more about the auto insurance industry so it can possibly begin underwriting and selling policies on its own.
FDA-ANTIBIOTICS IN MILK
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new Food and Drug Administration study shows little evidence of antibiotic contamination in milk after surveying almost 2,000 dairy farms.
The agency in 2012 took samples of raw milk on the farms and tested them for 31 drugs, almost all of them antibiotics. Results released by the agency Thursday show that less than 1 percent of the total samples evidenced illegal drug residue.
Antibiotics and other drugs can end up in milk when they are used on dairy cows to keep them healthy. Small levels of drugs are allowed in milk, but residues that go beyond certain thresholds are illegal.
The FDA said the agency will use the findings to try and reduce the drug contamination even more.
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