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Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

If you read the tea leaves, they aren't falling in favor of small primary care physician practices. Squeezed by high overhead and falling reimbursements for years, many of these physicians have simply given up—retired—or moved on by selling their practices to larger institutions like large group practices or the local hospital. Joseph Mambu, MD, is an exception.
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  November 5, 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]
CMS Releases OPPS Final Rule for 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid has finalized four changes to its physician supervision requirements as part of the 2011 OPPS final rule, released Nov. 2. These changes are a welcome relief and clearly show that CMS is listening to provider comments, says Jugna Shah, MPH, president of Nimitt Consulting in Washington, DC. [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]
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. [Learn More]
 
This Week's Headlines
AHRQ: 1 in 10 Hospital Admissions Avoidable
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Sibley Memorial Joins Johns Hopkins Health
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Health Insurers Win Some, Lose Some with MLR Rules
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California hospital pays $5M to settle Medicare suit
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Analysis: Former HCA CEO Rick Scott paved unlikely path
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Hospital exec ends 3,100-mile fundraiser bike ride
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AT&T forms unit to focus on health technologies
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St. Clare's Health System (NJ) cuts 118 jobs
The Daily Record, November 4, 2010
 
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