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Reimbursement: These Are the Good Old Days
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

As I was reviewing my notes from a recent conversation with MedAssets Chairman, President, and CEO John Bardis, I found myself humming the Carly Simon song Anticipation after he told me about the general mood of hospital and health system CEOs at his company's recent Healthcare Business Summit. Yeah, I'm weird. My wife tells me so all the time. But the lyrics make sense in the context of what's to come from the healthcare reform law.
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  June 11, 2010

 
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7 Changes for Medical Schools to Train Doctors for Reform Era Care
My colleague Cheryl Clark has an interesting piece this week about changes that should be made in how our nation's physicians are trained as healthcare reform looms. I've had several healthcare leaders tell me that much of physician training is archaic and not applicable to the way medicine will be delivered in the future, and these complaints have only intensified over recent months. Several of those leaders, physicians themselves, believe doctors should be getting training that encourages them to work with other professionals in an integrated team instead of traditional training that encourages physicians to be solo agents. [Read More]
Missing RAC Records: Another Snag Thrown at Providers
My colleague James Carroll has a story to which all healthcare leaders should pay attention. In the increasingly stressful realm of RAC coordination, the last thing providers need is additional complications to add to the workload. Unfortunately for them, the latest wave of RAC obstacles brings just that. [Read More]
Open Records Pilot Project Looks To Reinvigorate Patient-Physician Dialogue
Allowing patients access to their personal medical records is a decades-old idea that predates electronic medical records. Yet, the idea has yet to catch on. Susan Frampton, president of Planetree, says the association of patient-centered care healthcare providers has for the last 20 years asked its members to allow patients access to their medical records. [Read More]
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