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Measuring Up
Rick Johnson, Senior Editor

At HealthLeaders Media, we often ask the question, "What makes a healthcare organization great?" We get a wide variety of answers to that question. But for every example of an outstanding organization that we find, there's a leadership team that inspires, provokes, or forces the institution to measure up to a set of ideals. Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego, tells his direct reports that they can miss their targets once, but they won't be around to miss them twice. With the volatility of healthcare, outside factors can often influence a hospital's performance. [Read More]
  October 11, 2007

 
Editor's Picks
Physicians flock to Texas after malpractice caps
Since Texas enacted legislation to limit awards in medical malpractice lawsuits in 2003, proponents of malpractice reform have pointed to the state's successes as evidence that malpractice caps are beneficial for physicians. This New York Times article strengthens their case even further. Since the caps were enacted, Texas has seen a flood of new physicians--an 18 percent jump in licenses since 2003--and doctors are now waiting six months for the Texas Medical Board to process the backlogged applications. [Read More]
Physicians win $131 billion suit
After helping win a $131 billion settlement in a class action lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield, the American Medical Association is now trying to help physicians get their share of the funds. If you've treated patients covered by the insurer anytime between May 22, 1999, and May 31, 2007, you may be eligible for a piece of the pie. Check the AMA's Web site before the October 19 deadline to find out if you qualify. [Read More]
Clooney's HIPAA drama
It may not be as dramatic as an episode of ER, but George Clooney's recent trip to the emergency room after a motorcycle crash has caused quite a stir at Palisades Medical Center in New Jersey. The hospital has suspended more than two dozen employees suspected of looking at the former ER star's medical information for one month without pay. The employees didn't leak any of his information, but still violated HIPAA by accessing his records. [Read More]
FDA may bypass doctors
The Food and Drug Administration is considering creating a new class of medicines, dubbed "behind-the-counter" drugs, which patients could obtain without a physician's prescription. Some drugs under consideration are birth control, cholesterol drugs, and migraine medicine. This will be dangerous for patients, physicians say. It doesn't sound like good news for struggling primary-care doctors, either. [Read More]
Business Rx
Look for an accountant with healthcare experience
From The Doctor's Office: Choosing an external accountant is all about finding one with healthcare knowledge, and a healthy, trusting relationship between the practice and accountant is important. [Read More]
Physician News
Medicare changes didn't alter cancer care
HealthDay/Washington Post - October 11, 2007
Family physicians dabbling in nips and tucks
New Orleans Times-Picayune - October 11, 2007
Maryland opposes doctor refund
Baltimore Sun - October 11, 2007
Medicaid proposing a pay raise for doctors
Indianapolis Star - October 11, 2007
From HealthLeaders Magazine
EMR Pushback
HealthLeaders September 2007 Electronic medical record systems promise a long list of benefits, but most physician practices remain unconvinced. Can clinical IT proponents entice physicians to retire their paper charts for good? [Read More]
PhysicianLeaders Forum

10 Best Practices For Selecting EMR Software: Selecting an EMR doesn't require in-depth technical knowledge, but you do need a disciplined selection process, says contributor Don Fornes. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Thomas Di Salvo, Medical Director for Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, discusses how Vanderbilt's cardiovascular service line rose to prominence and aligned with physicians.
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