Fewer deaths and complications with female physicians?

From Reuters:

Elderly hospital patients may be less likely to die prematurely or be readmitted for serious complications when they’re treated by female physicians, a U.S. study suggests.

With female doctors, patients had 4 percent lower odds of dying within a month after being admitted to the hospital and a 5 percent smaller chance of repeat hospitalizations within the first month after leaving the hospital, the study found.

Editorial: Hospitals spend millions luring patients away from each other

From the Register:

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is spending $3.7 million of its operational funds promoting its new Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

UIHC officials told the Cedar Rapids Gazette’s Erin Jordan that the campaign is intended to raise awareness of the new facility not only in Iowa, but Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

But are these ads helping parents make informed choices about their children’s health care, or do they simply advance the interests of the state’s largest public hospital?

Effort Under Way to Treat Illinois’ “Super-Utilizers”

From the Public News Service:

Illinois is part of Data-Driven Health and Justice, a nationwide effort launched last summer to reduce the financial and human costs associated with incarcerating people who have complex needs but who don’t pose a risk to public safety. Maki said states, counties and cities across the country have started working to divert people away from the justice system and into more appropriate care.