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Opinion: Employers should demand hospital participation in quality and safety survey

By Robert Smith

The Leapfrog Group recently issued the results of its 2013 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, an in-depth examination of seven key areas of hospital quality and safety: medication errors, maternity care, high-risk surgeries, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) physician staffing, serious adverse events, safety practices and hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) – including infections in ICUs, pressure ulcers, and injuries.

The Nature's Cure III medical marijuana dispensary is located in Valverde, a Denver neighborhood that CU Denver planning professors Jeremy Nemeth and Eric Ross classify in a new study as socially and economically disadvantaged. (Photo by Eric Ross)

Research uncovers inequities in zoning rules, health impacts of pot shops

By Nelson Harvey

Far more land is available for pot shops in Denver’s low-income, minority areas than in wealthier, whiter parts of the city under current zoning rules, according to a new study by two planning professors at the University of Colorado Denver. And with state rules limiting new entrants to the pot trade set to expire this fall, some researchers worry that the city’s rules could lead to an influx of pot shops in neighborhoods where people are more likely to abuse the drug.