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Advanced Practitioners Key to Expanding Primary Care

Chelsea Rice

With estimates of physician shortages climbing, primary care is where the healthcare jobs are. "It's really a seller's market for physician assistants right now," says the medical director of an urgent care center. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Baylor Health Care System, Scott & White to Merge

Two already big Texas hospital systems have signed a letter of intent to merge in what will be the largest nonprofit integrated delivery system in the state, and possibly the southwest. >>>

Fiscal Fix Needed for Physician Training

The Association of American Medical Colleges is worried about potential funding cutbacks that could upset physician training programs and result in increased physician shortages in the decade ahead. >>>

How to Train Physicians on Patient Experience

All doctors—young or old, personable or grumpy—can be taught to more effectively communicate with patients and improve their hospital experience. And they must be, now that low patient experience scores can be tied to financial penalties. >>>

Healthcare's Senior Leadership Pay Continues to Rise

Across hospital and health system C-suites, compensation packages for senior executives continue to rise, though changes to incentive structures may be influencing the size of the increases. >>>

IHI: Time to Get Serious About Healthcare Quality, Costs

Keynote speakers at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's national conference urged healthcare leaders to crack the code on raising healthcare quality and reducing costs. Don Berwick, MD, did not mince words about where he thinks many of the improvements should come from. >>>

Is Technology Perpetuating Medicare Fraud?

The allegations by 60 Minutes that technology facilitated Medicare fraud at HMA raise sticky issues. Regulators vow to investigate, but a new set of government rules would be cumbersome, costly, and perhaps ineffective. >>>



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Regulatory Strategies—From Medicare to Meaningful Use

More than 80 percent of U.S. healthcare executives acknowledge they are not prepared to make the leap from fee-based payment to shared-risk payment. The new Intelligence Report "Regulatory Strategies: From Medicare to Meaningful Use," found that 36 percent of healthcare leaders are "not prepared at all" for the move to shared-risk payment mechanism that will be central to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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News Headlines

As docs flock to hospitals, bills spike for patients

The Charlotte Observer, December 17, 2012

CA Healthcare crisis: not enough specialists for the poor

Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2012

SF Bay Area nurses to strike day before Christmas

Silicon Valley Mercury News / Associated Press, December 17, 2012

Quiet doc, lavish insider: A parallel life

The New York Times, December 17, 2012

Only 15 states to operate own health exchanges

Insurance Journal / Reuters, December 14, 2012

Healthcare costs rise faster than wages

NJ.com / The Star-Ledger, December 14, 2012

Houston doc convicted in Medicare scheme

Houston Chronicle, December 14, 2012

Hospitals outsource more revenue cycle operations

InformationWeek, December 13, 2012

LifeCare files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

The Seattle Times / Associated Press, December 12, 2012

Kaiser staffers protest layoffs of 530 workers

The Press-Enterprise, December 12, 2012



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20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. >>>

 

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