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Quashing Access to Data, Feds Muddle Commitment to Transparency

Joe Cantlupe

The Department of Health and Human Services has backtracked on its commitment to "transparency" by restricting public access to the National Practitioner Data Bank, which helps patients and others identify problem doctors by state. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

ICD-10 Cost, Timing Concerns Explain AMA Vote

"At a time when we are working to get the best value possible for our health care dollar, this massive and expensive undertaking will add administrative expense and create unnecessary workflow disruptions," says AMA President Peter W. Carmel, MD, about the mandatory switch to ICD-10. >>>

CMS Pushing to Reduce Improper Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that it will launch demonstration projects in 2012 targeting some of the most common factors that lead to erroneous payments to providers. >>>

Is Physician Mistrust Souring Your Growth Strategy?

When physician practices merge or integrate with hospitals or health systems, healthcare leaders say integration of practice teams and compensation are the biggest challenges. In reality, though, trust is at the heart of successful mergers of physician practices—and lack of trust contributes greatly to failure. >>>

Call Yourself an ACO? Prove It

Healthcare providers that boast they are accountable care organizations may now have their services vetted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, which has identified seven measures of ACO competence. >>>



News Headlines

Supreme Court takes up challenge to health care reform law

CNN, November 14, 2011

Grady Memorial Deficiencies Persist After Second CMS Survey

HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2011

MD state health program promotes care for whole patient

The Washington Post, November 14, 2011

AMA hammers out positions in changing market

The Times-Picayune, November 16, 2011

Feds place UPMC transplant program on probation

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 16, 2011

More surgeries, costs after CT angiography

Chicago Tribune/Reuters Health, November 16, 2011

Doctors paid for heart tests order more

The New York Times, November 15, 2011

Surgeons to try deep-chilling trauma patients to save them

The Seattle Times/Associated Press, November 15, 2011

Cancer doctors score low on pain management: study

Chicago Tribune/Reuters, November 15, 2011



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Multimedia/Events

Webcast: Tackle Physician Turnover Costs, Rev Up Recruitment

Date: December 20, 2011
About: Losing just one physician can mean a $1 million hit to your budget, and most facilities have turnover rates that are much higher. Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute webcast and Q&A, featuring Brett Walker, director, physician & provider recruiting, at Indiana University Health and J. Gregory Stovall, MD, senior VP of medical affairs for Trinity Mother Frances Health System. Learn proven techniques and strategies to address your recruitment and retention challenges. >>>


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Date: December 16, 2011
About: Attend on-site or via live simulcast. Live at host Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center with invited guest UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, learn from one of the world's most respected cancer brands as it takes its proven success models to a community health system.  >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

Patient Engagement Takes Physician Leadership

As providers become increasingly accountable for healthcare outcomes, patient engagement grows in significance. Individuals should take responsibility for their health, but what role do the providers play in turning consumers of care into partners in care? >>>

 

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Treating Patient as Partner


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