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What Physician Shortage?
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

This argument may not go over well, but let me play devil's advocate for a moment. What if there is no physician shortage? Or to be more specific, what if there is a hypothetical shortage, but we're considering all the wrong solutions? If experts are predicting a shortfall of doctors under the current workforce model, maybe it's the model, and not the number of doctors, that needs to be fixed. [Read More]
  May 28, 2009

 
Editor's Picks
Primary Care Needs New Innovations to Meet Growing Demands
The impact of a shrinking pool of primary care providers, combined with an increased demand for primary care services, has created a crisis of sorts in healthcare delivery. Keeping this in mind, now may be the time to consider newer approaches in care delivery in order—especially with healthcare reforms on the horizon—to improve quality and outcomes, according to a recent New England Healthcare Institute report. What are some possible innovations? Patient-centered medical home, retail clinics, health information technology, and improved pay for performance are four options. [Read More]
Antitrust laws a hurdle to healthcare overhaul
Warm and fuzzy health reform feelings have cooled with word from antitrust lawyers that doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and drug makers will be running huge legal risks if they get together and agree on a strategy to hold down prices and reduce the growth of health spending. A former Federal Trade Commission official says any cost-control agreement between competitors raises legal concerns. [Read More]
Patient Safety Missing from Health Reform Discussion
In the healthcare reform area, patient safety should be an important issue in the debate, but federal attention has not been there, according to a healthcare official during the National Patient Safety Foundation Annual Congress outside of Washington. More transparency and accountability are needed, especially given the recent Consumer's Union report that said as many as 100,000 people still may be dying in hospitals because of medical errors. [Read More]
Doctor pushes back against insurer scrutiny
A California physician was so sick of fighting with health insurers that he formed a new political action committee to target the practice of insurers hiring doctors to review physician decisions. Monterey, CA, physician Bradley Carpentier said he was tired of seeking approvals for the treatments he prescribed for his patients, so he formed Stop Practicing Medicine to fight the long-standing practice of insurer-hired doctors. [Read More]
Business Rx
Learn What Online Social Networking Can Do for You
Gone are the days when physicians would gather in the staff lounge and discuss various healthcare issues. Now, as the Internet has moved in, they don't even have to be in the same room or building to converse. [Read More]
Physician News
State Offers Web Tool to Compare Surgery Prices by Hospital
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - May 21, 2009
Five Tips to Stop Patient Record Snoopers
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media - May 21, 2009
Study: Terminally ill patients delay talk of hospice
Boston Globe - May 26, 2009
Study: Few retail clinics in poor neighborhoods
AP/Yahoo News - May 26, 2009
ConnectiCare in fight over doctors' fees
Hartford Courant - May 22, 2009

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From HealthLeaders Magazine
Cash for Computers
HealthLeaders May 2009
With an 11-figure incentive to invest in information technology and electronic medical records, healthcare executives need to determine if this offer from Uncle Sam is the kind of help that they are prepared to accept. [Read More]
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