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Don't Skimp on Physician
Leadership Development

Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

As expected, there was a lot of talk about the economic recession at the American Medical Group Association's annual conference in Las Vegas last week. But attendees didn't travel to Caesar's Palace (a surreal place to be given the current economic climate) to talk about cutting budgets. They were there to learn where and how to invest the limited resources that remain in this challenging environment. [Read More]
  March 12, 2009

 
Editor's Picks
The case for comparative effectiveness research
This story illustrates why an objective source of clinical research is desperately needed. A well-known Massachusetts anesthesiologist has been accused of fabricating results—in some cases inventing fictional patients—for 21 published papers over the course of 13 years. You can guess what comes next: Many of the studies involved positive data for drugs made by Pfizer, Inc., which has given the doctor five research grants and made him a member of its speakers bureau. Massachusetts gave final approval this week to regulations banning pharmaceutical and medical device companies from providing gifts to physicians, which is a positive step, but not enough to solve the larger problem. [Read More]
The case against comparative effectiveness research
The AMA, on the other hand, is skeptical about the implications of comparative effectiveness research. The organization supports the concept, but AMA President Nancy Nielsen, MD, warns that any attempts by the federal government to use evidence-based medicine to dictate how physicians provide individualized care would be a deal breaker on healthcare reform. "Although there is no question that we need to be sure that the best science and evidence is used when we deal with a patient, it isn't that easy. People who think that 'we just put out a guideline and if you don't follow it, we will smack you down,' well, it isn't that simple because patients aren't that simple," she says. [Read More]
Med schools grow as economy tanks
Responding to warnings of a looming doctor shortage, existing medical schools are increasing enrollment, and new ones are opening or under development across the country. This is good news, but not enough. Medicare finances residency programs, and the number of positions has been capped since 1997. To really boost physician supply, the federal government needs to open more residency slots—if it can find the funds to do so. [Read More]
Physician-patient relationship granted "exceptional protection"
An Arkansas state court has ruled that Baptist Health, Arkansas' largest hospital system, acted improperly by restricting hospital admitting privileges to medical staff members based on financial concerns. Physicians successfully challenged the hospital policy by arguing that the primary factor in credentialing physicians should be competency, not economic factors unrelated to quality. As the court observed, "The heart of this case is the patient-physician relationship. The relationship is entitled to exceptional protection." [Read More]
Are You Part of a Top Leadership Team?
HealthLeaders Media is gearing up for its fifth year of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program that recognizes the best in senior leadership teamwork at hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. This year's winners will be honored during HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, an event planned for October 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago. If you and your organization have an outstanding teamwork story to share, go to the Top Leadership Teams site to learn more about the six categories, download an entry form, and submit your entry. The deadline to submit is April 29. [Learn More]
 
Business Rx
Prepare for HIPAA Hot Spots
The ever-increasing role of technology in healthcare will bring security and privacy challenges to the forefront for physician practices in 2009. Consider the following expert analysis. [Read More]
 
Physician News
Indiana panel OKs bill on doctor reimbursements
Indianapolis Star - March 11, 2009
Doctors override most e-Rx safety alerts
American Medical Association - March 12, 2009
Emails, calls to the doctor cut down on office visits
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - March 11, 2009
How hospitalists help and hurt primary care
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - March 12, 2009
Audio Conferences/Webcasts
April 20, 2009: Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Joint Replacement
March 20, 2009: 5 Ways to Improve the Patient Experience at Your Hospital
March 16, 2009: Solving Your Nurse Shortage: Long-Term Strategies That Work
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Back to Basics
HealthLeaders February 2009
The strategy for surviving the economic downturn? Invest in core strengths, scrutinize staffing and operations, seize partnership opportunities—and get down to work. [Read More]
 
Service Line Management
Essential and Expensive
 
Patient demand for intensive care services continues to rise—but ICUs cost a ton of money. Here's how some providers are making intensive care worth their financial while. [Read More]
 
PhysicianLeaders Forum

Athletic Trainers Fill Niche as Physician Extenders: Marjorie J. Albohm, president of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, makes the case for using athletic trainers as physician extenders in some primary care and specialty physician practices. [Read More]
 
Audio Feature

Set Standards to Avoid Conflict of Interest: Kenneth Irons, MD, chief of regional and neighborhood clinics for Duluth Clinic, talks about his organization's policy that set guidelines for how physicians and employees relate to pharmaceutical representatives. [Listen Now]
 
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