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Why Are Doctors Working Fewer Hours?
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

After remaining steady for nearly 30 years, the number of hours that an average physician works each week dropped sharply in the last decade. Understanding why is particularly important at a time when Congress is struggling at the last minute to prevent a 21% cut in Medicare payments. [Read More]
  February 25, 2010

 
Editor's Picks
73% of docs say they practice defensive medicine
Nearly three-quarters of doctors say they have practiced some form of defensive medicine in the last year, according to a new poll by Gallup, Jackson Healthcare, and Newt Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation. The poll also asked how much defensive medicine contributed to overall healthcare spending, and physicians attributed an average of 26% of overall costs to defensive medicine. [Read More]
CMS: Physician Quality Reporting Initiative is Getting Easier
Facing criticism about Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials acknowledged that the PQRI is "difficult and time consuming." Medicare officials say they are working to make the PQRI easier to use. The CMS responded to a Medical Group Management Association survey of physicians that showed widespread frustration about reporting and feedback report requirements, and an "unreasonable lag time" to receive PQRI results. [Read More]
Doctors Oppose Proposed Discount Health Plan Regulations
The influential California Medical Association is trying to block a state effort to strengthen licensing of so-called "discount health plans," saying the regulation would legitimize a business model that's often fraudulent, illegal, and impossible to police. Doctors are frustrated because they encounter patients with discount insurance cards that promise a discount on the physician's fee, even if the physician hasn't agreed to such a discount. [Read More]
Hospitals Renew Battle to Hire Doctors in California
My colleague Cheryl Clark has a great column this week about a battle going on in California over physician employment. California currently doesn't allow hospitals to employ physicians, but some doctors want to reverse that, particularly for rural areas. California is a unique state, one of only five that prohibits physician employment. But it's probably only a matter of time before it joins the rest of the nation in allowing employment. [Read More]
Business Rx
Every Practice has Conflict, But Only Some Handle it Well
Spend enough time in a doctor's office—either as an employee or a patient—and you're going to encounter conflict and tension. Whatever the reason, conflict is a cancer in the healing environment. It has to be contained. [Read More]
Physician News
Emergency Physicians Raise Alarm on ED Financial Stress, Closures
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - February 24, 2010
Massachusetts doctors group to focus on one hospital
Boston Globe - February 25, 2010
AMA Bashes Health Insurer Monopolies in Many Markets
Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media - February 24, 2010
New Joint Commission Standard Defines Medical Interpreters
Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media - February 24, 2010

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Technology can help the healthcare industry achieve better outcomes and cost savings, but only if providers incorporate decision-support tools and a coordinated approach to delivering care. [Read More]
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Imaging After the Recession
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