PLOS Blog – APHA Get Ready Day: How preparation can save lives (including your own)
The typical image that comes to mind when people think of getting ready for natural disasters is the “Y2K bunker,” where people have months of canned goods, water jugs, and matches, preparing for an apocalypse where we live in a Walking Dead or Mad Max style wasteland, struggling for survival. These individuals may or may not be sporting a beard and wearing camouflage gear in the middle of suburbia.

USA Today – Study: State’s poor health care affects all income levels
High-income people who live in states that generally do poorly in health care are worse off than low-income people in states with high health care scores, according to a Commonwealth Fund study released today.
“In the United States, income is not a guarantee of good healthcare or good health,” said David Blumenthal, president of The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that works to increase access to health care. “Where you live plays a very big part in your experience.

CBS News – Colorado floods spur fracking concerns
The devastating flooding that pummeled Colorado the past week, also inundated a main center of the state’s drilling industry, temporarily bringing production of natural gas to a halt.
The mix of floodwaters and drilling operations has also spurred environmental and health concerns that industry and government officials say they are closely monitoring, and that activists have seized on as another demonstration of the dangers posed by hydraulic-fracturing.

Bloomberg – Walgreen joins in Exodus of workers to private exchanges
Walgreen Co. (WAG), the biggest U.S. drugstore chain, will move its workers into a private health insurance exchange to buy company-subsidized coverage, the latest sign of how the debate over Obamacare is accelerating a historic shift in corporate health-care coverage.
Walgreen’s decision affects about 160,000 current employees and follows similar action this year by Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) As an alternative to administering a traditional health plan, all three will send their employees to an exchange run by Aon Plc. (AON) Fourteen more companies will join in 2014 when 600,000 people will participate, Aon said.

The Atlantic – Study: Paying doctors for performance leads to better care
People get sick and doctors want to make them better. But the real world creeps in, as it does, and a shortage of physiciansburnout, and a slew of other issues such as doctors being humans and therefore imperfect mean that patients don’t always get the best possible care. A new study by the University of California San Francisco and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looks at whether patient care can be improved by paying doctors for good results.