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  September 26, 2012 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Medicare-Dependent Hospital Payments to Expire Oct. 1

John Commins

A critical funding source for the 212 rural hospitals classified as Medicare-dependent will expire in a few weeks. A pending bipartisan bill could renew funding for one year. But a long-term fix will be tougher to get. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

6 in 10 Physicians Would Quit Today

Downbeat survey results show widespread discontent among doctors, who are are choosing to work less and see fewer patients. If the trend continues, it is expected to amount to 44,250 full-time equivalents lost from the physician workforce over the next four years. >>>

Antibiotic Use, Costs Show Wide Regional Variations

A report finds large differences in antibiotic prescribing practices in outpatient settings by state and by region, with the highest rates found in the South. The variation may be explained, in part, by the efforts of health plans to reduce the use of antibiotics without indication. >>>

Drug Shortages: 10 Ethics Rules for Hospitals

Clinicians at Duke University Medical Center have created an ethically defensible drug rationing plan which aims to help healthcare providers make fair and equitable choices about how to allocate medications when they are scarce. >>>

Family Physicians Rap 'Stopgap' Use of Nurse Practitioners

Advocating "independent practice by a single health professional," namely nurse practitioners in place of physicians, "flies in the face" of studies supporting the cost-effectiveness and quality outcomes of the physician-led care team approach, says the American Academy of Family Physicians. >>>

Healthcare IT Leadership Requires a Thick Skin

Contrast the bright, shiny promises of healthcare IT vendors with the brutal, unforgiving punishment of making wrong choices in IT program selection, training, budgeting, and deployment. The CIO job may feel a bit like running the gauntlet. >>>

Physicians' Stance on Nurse Practitioners is Dangerous

By saying that 'substituting NPs for doctors cannot be the answer' to the nation's primary care shortage, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests that there are two classes of care. And therein lies the danger to our system of healthcare. >>>

Patient Non-Compliance a Pricey Problem

What can hospital and health systems do to drive out patient non-compliance costs? The answer lies in financial incentives and population health efforts—but don't expect too much too soon, say healthcare CFOs. There's still a great deal of debate over how much influence cost really has on a patient's actions. >>>

Mandatory Flu Shots Mean You're Serious About Patient Safety

Healthcare leadership is supposed to be about putting patients first. It's shocking that any organization that purports to be in the business of helping patients would not mandate flu vaccines for its employees. >>>



Intelligence Report

Physician Alignment—Integration over Independence

Nearly 70% of healthcare leaders anticipate the number of employed physicians to grow by more than 5% over next three years. Learn how healthcare leaders are ensuring alignment as the shift from independent to employed physicians accelerates. This original research and analysis, produced with support from MedSynergies, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Gadsden Riverview Regional Medical Center, and Vanguard Health Chicago.

News Headlines

Hospitals: Feds share billing blame

Politico, September 26, 2012

Romney: Uninsured can seek care in ER

The Hill, September 25, 2012

Rural MN retools healthcare in hospital mergers

Post Bulletin / Minnesota Public Radio News, September 25, 2012

Hospital Shootings Rare, But Preparedness Still Warranted

HealthLeaders Media, September 24, 2012

Liking it or not, states prepare for health law

The New York Times, September 24, 2012

New system for patients to report medical mistakes

The New York Times, September 24, 2012

Hospitals grab at least $1B in extra fees for ER visits

Center for Public Integrity, September 21, 2012

MLR Bill Passes House Committee

HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2012

Atul Gawande's 80% Healthcare Solution

HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2012

Pronovost Calls for an 'SEC' for Healthcare Quality

HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2012



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Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. (ET)

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