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72% of Physicians Support a Public Option
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about the divisions between physicians on healthcare reform, particularly when it comes to the public option. At the time, I didn't have a recent survey of the general physician population to gauge the sentiment, so I placed the dividing line somewhere between the AMA's endorsement of a bill despite reservations about a public option and some of the more vocal opponents who are actively campaigning against reform. Turns out, the split between physicians isn't as close to the middle as I initially thought. [Read More]
  September 17, 2009

 
Editor's Picks
A menu of malpractice reforms
The Atlantic has pulled together a very handy breakdown of various approaches to malpractice reform, including a chart that rates each method's effectiveness in reducing premiums and defensive medicine while fairly compensating patients and improving safety. Specialized health courts look to be the most effective individual approach, according to this analysis, and unsurprisingly a combination of efforts would achieve most of the goals. Many people get too hung up on caps on economic damages, which more than half of states have already tried. There are a lot of tools in the toolbox, and it's worth trying them all. [Read More]
Baucus bill would reveal physician-industry ties
Improving the transparency of financial relationships between physicians and drug and device companies has been attempted by some states and even on a voluntary basis by some pharmaceutical companies and providers. But the latest healthcare reform bill, introduced by Senator Max Baucus, would try to tackle that issue at a national level. The legislation calls for drug and medical device companies to file annual reports showing payments to doctors for services such as marketing, education, and research beginning March 31, 2012. The information would be available to the public on the Internet. [Read More]
Good and bad shortage news from Massachusetts
First the good news: Fewer specialties are facing critical shortages in Massachusetts than in previous years, according to an annual report released this week by the Massachusetts Medical Society. Last year, 12 specialties were facing severe shortages, compared to only seven this year. The bad news is that primary care shortages are getting worse. As Massachusetts has learned, expanding coverage with a limited supply of physicians is a challenge and should be a major part of the healthcare reform debate. [Read More]
The Patient of the Future
I highly recommend this month's HealthLeaders magazine cover story about the patient of the future. Gienna Shaw takes a look at how providers and patients will ideally interact in a future healthcare system, and she doesn't pull any punches in criticizing doctors for their role in obstructing the type of high-tech, patient-centered care that many healthcare leaders envision. Predictably, resistance to electronic health records is a big problem. Physicians often don't see the cost-benefit of investing in expensive technology today, but perhaps they should think long term. It's hard to picture a patient-centered, coordinated healthcare system in 10 or 20 years that still relies on paper records. [Read More]
Business Rx
New Class of Professionals Needed for Healthcare IT Transformation
Healthcare transformation will require new models for sourcing, processing, and distributing richer, more complex data in ways that facilitate collaboration, real-time decision-making, and hands-free automation. But numerous obstacles lie on the path to real-time digital collaboration. [Read More]
Physician News
Web Tool Allows Providers to Identify Drug Shoppers
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - September 17, 2009
Medicare to fund medical home model
Wall Street Journal - September 17, 2009
Concern about cumulative radiation has some doctors urging alternatives
Boston Globe - September 14, 2009
AMA does 180 on healthcare
Chicago Tribune - September 14, 2009

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