Today is National Organ Donor Day; SoCal residents at greater risk of death from air pollution; health implications of school dropout and why public health professionals should be concerned about it today, Tuesday, February 14, 2012.
Washington Post – Feds beef up screening for Medicare providers; agency recovered $4.1 billion last year
Federal authorities say they recovered $4.1 billion in health care fraud judgments last year, a record high which officials on Monday credited to new tools for cracking down on deceitful Medicare claims.
Richmond County Daily Journal – The gift of life
Probably the only time you think about being an organ donor is when you get your driver’s license renewed. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that National Organ Donor Day falls on the same day as Valentine’s Day, to remind people about a true gift of love — the gift of life.
Huffington Post -Southern California Air Pollution Puts Residents At Risk Of Death
Southern Californians are among those at highest risk of death due to air pollution, according to recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research published in the journal Risk Analysis.
New York Times – Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say
Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults. But a body of recently published scholarship suggests that the achievement gap between rich and poor children is widening, a development that threatens to dilute education’s leveling effects.
San Francisco Chronicle – Very few Californians have talked to their doctors about their end-of-life health care despite a desire to do so, according to a poll that revealed a wide disparity between how people want their final days to be handled and what they’ve done to ensure it.