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  September 27, 2012 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Take 'Healthcare 101' and See the Doctor

Cheryl Clark

A modest proposal to make health consumers take a healthcare class to receive care. The accredited patient would understand the healthcare business and his or her critical role in ensuring good, appropriate treatment. >>>

 

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. >>>

Personalized Cancer Treatments Approach Tipping Point

Significant cost reductions for genome sequencing are bringing personalized medicine into better focus. But payers are lagging and providers may struggle to build up the necessary infrastructure before it becomes the standard of care. >>>

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. >>>

Rounds: Will Health Systems Do Anything About Health?

Hospital and health system financial executives recognize that the strategic choice facing their organizations is whether they will evolve their focus from sick care to health care. Many are looking to the example set by Kaiser Permanente. >>>

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

Patient-generated mobile data improves clinical care

InformationWeek, September 27, 2012

Knee replacements double as aging patients stay active

Bloomberg, September 27, 2012

HIMSS asks Congress for patient identity system—again

InformationWeek, September 27, 2012

Upside of Hospital Downsizing is More Focused Care

HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2012

Physicians' Stance on Nurse Practitioners is Dangerous

HealthLeaders Media, September 25, 2012

Romney: Uninsured can seek care in ER

The Hill, September 25, 2012

Accountable care: IT gets us only halfway there

InformationWeek, September 25, 2012

When surgeons leave objects behind

The New York Times, September 25, 2012

New system for patients to report medical mistakes

The New York Times, September 24, 2012

Class-action lawsuit eyed in hepatitis C cases against Exeter Hospital

New Hampshire Union Leader, September 24, 2012

MD Anderson center launches all-out push against 8 cancers

The Tennessean / Associated Press, September 21, 2012



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