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Top 5 Physician Challenges in 2011
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Many of the issues that bedeviled doctors in 2010, like the lingering need for a doc fix, will still be with us. And some, such as the ramifications of ongoing physician shortages and the pressure to convert to electronic health records will only intensify.[Read More]
  December 30, 2010

 
Editor's Picks
HITECH: 2 Years In, Verdict Still Out
There is hardly any tangible evidence that the HITECH Act has significantly changed the landscape of protecting patients' privacy. But the legislation has given organizations plenty of reasons to be vigilant in their HIPAA compliance efforts.[Read More]
12 Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
In 21 months, the federal government will start penalizing hospitals with higher than expected readmission rates. And even though much about the regulations-to come remains unclear, clinicians along the care continuum are scrambling to get ready.[Read More]
Hospitals Blast Report that GPOs Drive Up Healthcare Costs
The smoldering dispute between the Medical Device Manufacturers Association and group purchasing organizations sparked to life recently when 14 VHA member hospitals sent a letter to MDMA Chairman Eamonn Hobbs disputing reports that group purchasing organizations such as VHA are driving up costs rather than lowering them as intended. [Read More]
Online Tools Takes the 'Wait Out of Waiting'
A new company has developed technology that takes the "wait" out of waiting rooms and lets you get back to your hectic schedule. In May, Chicago-based MedWaitTime launched a service enabling patients to check the current wait time of a physician office or healthcare facility.[Read More]
Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services
Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women's loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women's health marketing experts. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Reform Readiness
As the healthcare industry prepares for fundamental change under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report reveals that 60% of healthcare leaders say neither the quality nor the efficiency of healthcare at their organization will get any better under healthcare reform. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.[Read More]
 
Business Rx
4 Accountable Care Challenges for CMS
The January 2012 launch of the Medicare accountable care organization option is fast-approaching. To pave the way, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will need to address the challenges of facilitating clinical performance, payment infrastructure, a multi-payer base, and financial incentives.[Read More]
 
 
Physician News
EHR Incentives Registration Begins January 3
HealthLeaders Media, December 23, 2010
Hospital Mass Layoffs Taper in November
HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2010
Physicians, nurses continue primary care debate
HealthLeaders Media, December 23, 2010

HHS Awards States $206 M in CHIP Bonuses
HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2010
HMA Sells Mississippi Hospital
HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2010
OIG Targets FL Providers for Medicare Abuses
Healthleaders Media, December 27, 2010
U.S. faces largest hospital drug shortage in decades
ABC News, December 23, 2010
Doctors still fear malpractice lawsuits, U.S. study finds
Bloomberg Businessweek, December 22, 2010
CMS Delays Enforcement of Signature Requirement on Lab Orders
HealthLeaders Media, December 22, 2010
Lax supervision at U.S. teaching hospitals puts patients at risk
The Dallas Morning News, December 22, 2010

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PhysicianLeaders Forum

Complex Sourcing Made Simple: When sourcing high-complexity physician preference products, it certainly feels that the two sides are not speaking the same language, says HealthLeaders Media contributor Bill King. We have to get smart about our sourcing tactics for high-complexity and physician preference categories, he says. [Read More]
 
Audio Feature

Payment Model Innovation: Sharing the Rewards of a Pay-For-Performance Program
Neal Peyser, Managing Director FTI Healthcare discusses the creation of payment incentives for better collaboration between hospitals and their medical staff. He describes how one facility was able to tap incentive payments from a commercial payer that were based on meeting quality and efficiency metrics, and share them with physicians. [Listen Now]
 
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