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Surgeons: Take a Break
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

An extensive study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic shows a strong connection between increased work hours and burnout, depression, and career dissatisfaction among surgeons. But a forced reduction in work hours may not be the solution.[Read More]
  November 4, 2010

 
Editor's Picks
Suspicion of Medicare Fraud Triggers Most Reimbursement Suspensions
When providers who were overpaid $206 million in Medicare payments were suspended from further reimbursement in 2007 and 2008, the reason was suspicion of fraud rather than simple overpayment in nearly every case, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. [Read More]
NCQA Releases Medicare, Medical Plan Rankings
The National Committee for Quality Assurance, a private non-profit organization, has released its 2010 list of the best health plans for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries throughout the country. [Read More]
Physicians face painful decision on Medicare
The American Medical Association is gearing up for the lame-duck congressional session scheduled to start Nov. 15. Unless Congress intervenes, payments to doctors for treating Medicare patients will be cut by 23 percent on Dec. 1 and another 6.5 percent on Jan. 1.[Read More]
CDC Stats Underestimate Liver Disease Mortality, Investigators Warn
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks mortality related to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis as the 12th most common cause of death in U.S. adults, but research recently presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases suggests the actual ranking should be higher. [Read More]
Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems?Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital?share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Patient Experience — Help Wanted
While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.[Read More]
 
Business Rx
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training Mandatory for Physicians
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not exempt physicians from annual training requirements on bloodborne pathogen standards. Here are some guidelines for helping docs warm up to the idea of training.[Read More]
 
 
Physician News
CMS Releases OPPS Final Rule for 2011
Michelle A. Leppert, CPC-A, for HealthLeaders Media, November 4, 2010
AHRQ: 1 in 10 Hospital Admissions Avoidable
Cheryl Clark, HealthLeaders Media, November 4, 2010
Hospital Compensation Growth Falls In Line with Larger Economy
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010
Independent Physicians' Support Group to Launch in MI
John Commins for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010

Suffering Patient Kept Waiting During Doctors' Dispute
CTV News, November 2, 2010
Swallowed Foreign Objects Cost $2 million at RI Hospital
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010
Stroke Mortality Rates High for Weekend Admission
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010
Ascension Health to Create 500 Jobs
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010
Implanted chip allows blind people to detect objects
BBC News November 3, 2010
Half of Elderly Women Unnecessary Catherizations in ED
Cheryl Clark, in HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010
Health Care Jobs Postings Up in October
John Commins, in HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010

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