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Did American Board of Internal Medicine Overreach?
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Months ago, the American Board of Internal Medicine proposed sanctioning 139 physicians for passing along and receiving test questions from a test preparation company. Some proposed sanctions have been "rescinded," while the appeals process continues.[Read More]
  January 13, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
Doctors Communicate Poorly By Themselves, Study Finds
While accountable care organizations and healthcare reform practices have a chance of improving quality and lowering cost, essential communication between primary care providers and specialists happens rarely. [Read More]
Private ICU Rooms Slash HAI Rates by Half
In a study, hospitals that converted multi-bed intensive care units to single-bed private rooms with their own sinks saw a 54% decline in rates for three types of hospital-acquired bacterial infections researchers say. [Read More]
Salary Hikes for Healthcare Workers Expected to Lag Other Industries
Healthcare workers can expect an average base salary increase of 2.6% in 2011. That's up from the 2.3% base increase reported in 2010, but slightly below increases of 2.8% projected across all industries for 2011, according to a survey from Hay Group consultants. [Read More]
Improving Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes
Head and neck cancer afflicts relatively few, but it is described as one of the most devastating because of its impact on speech, swallowing, and facial structures. By establishing multidisciplinary approaches and minimally invasive techniques, hospitals are improving patient outcomes and their own bottom lines. [Read More]
Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Medical specialties are tied back to hospitals and health systems like never before; nowhere are the resulting alignment challenges more acute than in the cardiac service line, where independent practices find themselves seeking the financial shelter of integration. Join us on February 15 live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and share in the lessons from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. [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]
 
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
Medicare Pays Radiologists More than Non-Radiologists for MRI, CT
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CMS Releases Value-Based Purchasing Incentive Plan
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BCBSA Hires Former OK Insurance Commissioner
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US sees the upside of global health programs
The Washington Post, January 10, 2011
Healthcare repeal debate delayed, toned down
Politico, January 10, 2011
AG seeks to make Ohio 21st state to sue over healthcare
Cleveland Plain Deale, January 11, 2011

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Payment Model Innovation: Sharing the Rewards of a Pay-For-Performance Program
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