Legionnaires' disease still puzzles epidemiologists after an outbreak at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. A total of 221 people contracted the disease; 34 died.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules in a North Carolina case that some cooperative practices among hospitals in a market may be anti-competitive.
Medical malpractice costs skyrocket. At Rapides General Hospital, Alexandria, La., the hospital's rate rises to $96,000 for 1976 from $16,000 the previous year. For 1977, the hospital gets a quote of $713,000.
The Maryland Hospital Association buys $10 million in supplies for 59 member hospitals this year, one of the largest statewide buying programs.
A new kind of primary care survives an initial three-year test in the Chicago suburb of Hinsdale at the Wholistic Health Center, an outpatient treatment center in the parish house of Union Church.
Sen. Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.), chairman of the Senate Finance health subcommittee, authors the Medicare-Medicaid Administrative and Reimbursement Reform Act, an effort to head off price controls on hospitals.
Mary E. King, Jimmy Carter's point woman on national health insurance, favors a phased-in approach to catastrophic health insurance coverage.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
A predicted swine flu epidemic is answered by a program known as "Roll Up Your Sleeve, America." It gets off to a rocky start with problems such as severe reactions to the shots and inefficient administration.
Hospital administrator salaries hit an all-time-high average of $37,400 a year.
CAT scanners are gaining acceptance, "representing a staggering capital investment of $340,000 to almost $600,000," we report.
Hospices gain steam in the United States, with 25 new groups planning facilities in 1976.
Medicaid cutbacks. Many states are talking about it. New York state plans cuts of $3 per patient day.
COVER STORY AUGUST 1976
Internal hospital security is the issue in the first cover story of the Crain era at Modern Healthcare. Twenty-seven patients have been murdered in 10 years at four hospitals, and hospital personnel have been convicted in most of those cases.
Jeoffrey Strauss, M.D., an assistant professor at University of Michigan Medical School, is involved in an investigation at the Ann Arbor, Mich., Veterans Administration Hospital, where six patients have died of apparent pancuronium bromide poisoning. Two nurses were charged with murdering five of those patients.
"We have built a haphazard, unsound, undirected and inefficient nonsystem which has left us unhealthy and unwealthy at the same time."
-Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter on the U.S. healthcare system