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Healthcare Law As A Product of the 'Sausage Factory'
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Using expressions like "drinking from a fire hose" and "classic sausage making," William Jessee, MD, sounded like he was talking about a local bar. No—just the healthcare reform laws. But Jessee, president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association, says that's just the way it is in the morass of legislation that is somewhat confusing, beguiling, daunting, uncertain, a little bit good and some bad. [Read More]
  May 6, 2010

 
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OCR Wants Guidance On HITECH EHR Disclosure Rule
Covered entities and patients will have a say in the Office for Civil Rights' proposed rulemaking on the HITECH provision some healthcare providers deemed a logistical nightmare. OCR has published a notice in the Federal Register asking for help crafting a proposed rule on accounting of disclosures on electronic health records per HITECH. [Read More]
Natural Orifice Trials Begin, A Potential 'Game Changer' for Hospitals
Two weeks ago, surgeons in Massachusetts and California enrolled the first three of 140 patients in a clinical trial to see if diseased organs can be removed through two of the body's natural orifices—the vagina and the mouth—as safely and effectively as standard laparoscopic methods. They want to see if using tinier cuts for cameras and tools can reduce infection rates, pain, and length of hospital stay more than the traditional way of making an incision to remove the organ through the abdomen. They think it can. [Read More]
Insurance firm has incentive for primary care doctor
In a bid to boost beleaguered primary-care doctors and encourage more preventive care for the public, PA-based Independence Blue Cross announced a plan to pay physicians more if their patients' health improves. Independence will spend an extra $47 million a year to increase base pay and double incentive programs that already encourage primary-care doctors to deliver higher quality and less costly care. [Read More]
NIH Panel Finds Evidence Lacking Regarding Alzheimer's Prevention
An independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health concluded that the value of preventive strategies—such as mental stimulation, exercise, or dietary supplements—for delaying the onset or reduction in the severity of decline of Alzheimer's disease has not been demonstrated in rigorous studies. [Read More]
Breakthroughs: The Impact of Personalized Medicine Today
Take a look at how progressive health systems, medical researchers, and physicians are working together to bring the practical benefits of personalized medicine to the frontlines of healthcare delivery. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center share insights and the lessons learned that will help you explore the current and near-term impact of personalized medicine, determine whether your healthcare information technology foundation is ready for the opportunity, and see where lab research and clinical practice are overlapping. [Read More]
Business Rx
Duke-Durham Partnership Uses Informatics to Redesign Health System
When Durham-based Duke University and the Durham, NC, community launched Durham Health Innovations, they knew they were embarking on a groundbreaking project that would improve the health of patients. But at some point during the recently completed planning stages, team members realized that they had stopped talking about patients—and started talking about communities. [Read More]
Physician News
Cancer risks prompt doctors to try to lower imaging scan radiation
USA Today - May 5, 2010
MGMA: Medical Director Earnings Vary With Practice Ownership
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - May 4, 2010
How genetic testing may spot disease risk
Wall Street Journal - May 4, 2010
Teaching physicians the price of care
New York Times - May 4, 2010
CMS Needs to Monitor Access, Quality of New ESRD Bundled Payment Program
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - May 3, 2010
Quality May Get Attention of Medicare Advantage Plans with Rebate Promise
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - May 3, 2010

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