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VIAW Newswire 08.12.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

Medicare To Punish 2,225 Hospitals For Excess Readmissions
Medicare will levy $227 million in fines against hospitals in every state but one for the second round of the government’s campaign to reduce the number of patients readmitted within a month, according to federal records released Friday.

What To Say When Mom Or Dad Has Cancer
HOUSTON — At any one time, an estimated 2.9 million children have a parent who has, or has had, cancer.
Dozens of studies show that many of these children experience worry and stress, but that good communication can ease their fears and isolation, even up to the point of a parent’s death. Still, figuring out what to tell the kids – and when – is not an easy decision, and many parents who have cancer get little to no advice from their doctors about how to handle it.

Top 10 Toxic Industries
A list of the Top 10 Most Toxic Industries has been published. Industrial pollution not only causes disease and injury to workers, but also environmentally pollutes communities.

The World’s Worst Pollution Problems– issued jointly by the nonprofit Blacksmith Institute and GreenCross Switzerland offers the broadest picture of pollution’s global toll to date with research across 49 countries.

Echo Lake Foods fined $150,000 for 27 safety violations, including process safety management
Echo Lake Foods Inc. has been cited by OSHA for 27 safety violations carrying fines of $150,000. Multiple violations of OSHA’s process safety management standards for facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals were found at the company’s Burlington and Franksville frozen food production plants. OSHA’s inspection resulted from complaints received alleging hazards with the ammonia refrigeration systems at those facilities. Read the press release for details about the violations.

Calif. Gov. Brown Takes Action to Avert BART Strike, Appoints Investigatory Board
OAKLAND, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Sunday night, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed a board to investigate the contract dispute between Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and its unions – effectively ending the immediate threat of service disruption.

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