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Match Day a Reminder of Primary Care's Struggles
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

Today is Match Day, when each year medical students find out which residency program they were matched with, which can determine the course of their career. Like previous years, it's likely that more primary care than specialty slots will go unfilled. Top choices are often anesthesiology, surgery, and other specialties that can pay four times as much as family practice or internal medicine. [Read More]
  March 18, 2010

 
Editor's Picks
Ranking Physicians Based on Cost May Be Misleading, Says Study
Health insurance plans that push patients toward physicians who keep medical costs lower are based on unreliable estimates of physician performance and may not save money, according to a study in the March 18 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Among physicians in a hypothetical two-tiered insurance plan, for example, nearly 40% of internists and nearly two-thirds of vascular surgeons labeled as lower cost were not, researchers found. Physicians in surgical specialties appear to have low reliability cost profile scores, while dermatologists' cost profile scores were the most reliable. [Read More]
Doctors fear work caps for residents may be bad medicine
Since 2003, when an 80-hour-a-week cap was placed on the nation's medical residents, many older physicians have worried that the next generation of doctors won't have seen enough patients and done enough procedures. Some residents complain that working so many hours without sleep diminishes their ability to absorb lessons and avoid errors. Now, the group that governs residency programs is considering even tighter limits, possibly down to 60 hours a week. [Read More]
New AMA Online Database Looks to Help Docs Contract With Insurers
The American Medical Association this week launched the National Managed Care Contract, an online database that the physicians' association said will help its members negotiate better contracts with managed care organizations. NMCC is the first managed care contracting resource designed specifically for physicians, and it is expected to provide model contract language that complies with the managed care laws of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and to cover the range of physician concerns with managed care contracts. [Read More]
Business Rx
Informed Administrators Are Key to a Successful Billing Staff
To adequately monitor billing staff, the practice manager has to know what warning signs to look for and to constantly be on guard. [Read More]
Physician News
CMS Delays Enforcement of Physician Supervision for Critical Access Hospitals
Michelle A. Leppert, for HealthLeaders Media - March 18, 2010
Physicians Generate $1.5M Annually for Their Hospitals, Says Survey
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - March 17, 2010
Call to cap medical payments is likely in Massachusetts
Boston Globe - March 17, 2010
Physicians Believe Employers Should Coordinate with Docs to Help Chronic Care Patients
Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media - March 16, 2010

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