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Health Highlights: April 3, 2017

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Hunt's Chili Kits Recalled

Possible salmonella contamination has led to the recall of some batches of 44.8-ounce Hunt's Chili Kits, Conagra Brands says.

Salmonella may be present in a raw material used in the chili seasoning packet. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products, according to the company.

The recalled chili kits were sold across the United States. They all have the UPC 20-0-27000-42063-2 and the following MFG/Lot Codes and Best By Dates: 3534619500, Apr 04, 2018; 3534622200, May 01, 2018; and 3534619600, Apr 05, 2018.

Consumers with the recalled products should return them to the place of purchase. For more information, call the company at 1-800-921-7404.

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Patient Satisfaction Surveys May Help Drive Painkiller Abuse Epidemic

Patient satisfaction surveys may be a major factor in the painkiller abuse epidemic in the United States, some experts say.

Two million Americans are addicted to painkillers and overdoses from the drugs kill more people than gun homicides, according to CBS News.

Government-mandated patient satisfaction surveys are meant to reward hospitals for quality and effective care, and can affect how much hospitals and even doctors are paid. Along with asking if nurses are polite and the hospital is clean, patients are asked questions such as: "How often did the hospital staff do everything they could to help you with your pain?"

That means turning away patients asking for painkiller can harm hospitals' and doctors' income, CBS News reported.

Hospitals with higher patient satisfaction scores get bigger payments from Medicare and Medicaid, and 28 percent of doctors are paid bonuses based on patient satisfaction, according to the industry group Physicians Practice.

A University of Wisconsin study found that one in five doctors reported their jobs had been threatened over patient satisfaction scores, CBS News reported.

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Posted: April 2017

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