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Why the New Public Option is Better for Physicians
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

Physicians may have dodged a bullet with the House of Representatives' passage of healthcare reform legislation on Saturday. Instead of tying provider payments to Medicare rates, the public insurance option in HR 3962 requires the government to negotiate with physicians, which could have a big impact on the final levels of reimbursement. [Read More]
  November 12, 2009

 
Editor's Picks
AMA adopts policies on marijuana, gay rights
The American Medical Association showed it isn't afraid of addressing hot-button social issues when it adopted some new positions at its semi-annual meeting this week. The group voted to oppose the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, and declared that gay marriage bans contribute to health disparities based on evidence showing that married couples are more likely to have health insurance. It also urged the government to consider reclassifying marijuana from a Schedule I controlled substance in order to clear the way for clinical research and alternative ways to deliver the drug. [Read More]
Medical Confessional Highlights Doctors' Diagnostic Errors
When 310 doctors at 22 U.S. healthcare facilities were asked to anonymously confess the diagnostic errors they made or witnessed, the two most frequently listed conditions involved pulmonary embolism and adverse drug reactions, including overdoses and poisoning. Lung cancer diagnostic mistakes ranked a close third, followed by colorectal cancer, acute coronary syndrome, breast cancer, and stroke. The study was conducted not just to shed light on the type of errors physicians make, but also to learn more about why doctors make certain errors in order to prevent them in the future. [Read More]
Most Docs Surveyed Claim Less Control Over Healthcare Delivery
Nearly three out of four physicians say they have less control over the way they practice medicine than they did five years ago, according to a new Internet survey from Jackson Healthcare. This is in part why, politics aside, doctors are so universally fed up with insurers. [Read More]
P4P Participation Can Be Pricey for Docs
Responding to all those requests for data, proper planning, training, coding, data entry, and modification of electronic systems cost physician practices between $1,000 to $11,100 in implementation costs per doctor, and from about $100 to $4,300 per year per clinician after the program was launched, according to a survey of eight physician practices participating in four quality reporting programs in North Carolina. The report stated: "To date, the question of whether participation in quality-reporting is worth the time, effort, and expense is largely unresolved." [Read More]
Business Rx
Twelve Steps for ICD-10 Implementation at Physician Practices
On June 23, CMS sponsored an ICD-10 conference call for physician specialty group representatives. The CMS presentation included the following 12 steps for group practice ICD-10 implementation. [Read More]
Physician News
Doctor sues Burlington, MA-based Lahey Clinic, says stent issue led to firing
Boston Globe - November 12, 2009
Feds: Radiologist Had Non-physicians Review Thousands of Patients' Imaging Tests
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - November 11, 2009
AMA President Warns of Access Crisis if SGR Fix Fails
Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media - November 12, 2009
Doctors embrace social networking
Miami Herald - November 9, 2009

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