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Fear of Malpractice Litigation
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Lots of people fear visiting the doctor's office for a variety of reasons, among them not wanting to deal with potentially uncomfortable situations, bad news, for instance. Doctors have a fear of their own: the judge's gavel.[Read More]
  September 9, 2010

 
Editor's Picks
Tort Reform's Impact On Lowering Medical Malpractice Litigation Costs May be Limited
HealthLeaders Media The price tag of malpractice liability and defensive medicine comes to $55.6 billion a year, or 2.4% of healthcare spending, far lower than the American Medical estimate of between $70 billion and $126 billion, a Harvard study says.[Read More]
Urgent Care Could Replace ED for Some Patients, Report says
A trip to the retail clinic or urgent care center can substitute for a trip to the emergency department for between 13.7% and 27.1% of patients who don't require hospital level of care, "with a potential cost saving of $4.4 billion annually." That's the conclusion of a new report by Robin Weinick and colleagues form the RAND Corp. in a report published in this month's edition of the journal Health Affairs.[Read More]
OSHA to Examine Physician Work Hours
In response to a petition filed by Public Citizen and others, OSHA said it would examine the need for regulations that would limit the work hours of resident physicians, according to Labor Assistant Secretary David Michaels. [Read More]
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Business Rx
Healthcare Reform Gains Some Public Support
Although public opinion about the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains split, support for the overhaul has increased steadily since the legislation was passed in March.[Read More]
 
 
Physician News
HHS Urges Children's Medicaid, CHIP Coverage
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2010
Healthcare Provider Vaccination Rates Overdue in CA
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2010
Hospital Job Growth Up in August
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2010
IRS Releases Healthcare Tax Credit Form
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2010

U.S. medical programs missing millions of kids
Reuters, September 3, 2010
Cleveland Clinic Gowns Get von Fursternberg Touch
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2010
Heart Health Rises With Education in Rich Nations
Bloomberg Businessweek, September 8, 2010
Free clinic a big part of Lincoln's safety net
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2010


CA Hospitals, health centers planning new facilities, expansions
North Bay Business Journal, September 7, 2010
 
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