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  January 16, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Efforts to Bolster Rural Primary Care Residencies Fall Short

John Commins

The federal government's efforts to train more physicians in primary care and get them to practice in rural areas have had dismal outcomes. They demonstrate the need for more coordination of medical workforce development on a national level, says one researcher. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

HealthGrades Releases Clinical Excellence Hospital Rankings

Of about 1,900 eligible facilities, only 262 received top scores. Noticeably absent are some of the most prominent, such as the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. >>>

HHS Unveils Proposed HIE Rules

A lengthy proposed rule on health insurance exchanges gives states more flexibility in designing benefits and determining cost sharing in the Medicaid program, says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. >>>

Readmissions May be Triggered by 'Post-Hospital Syndrome'

Sleep deprivation, poor nourishment, pain, and other hospital-induced stressors may be making patients sick with other conditions after their primary illnesses are resolved, a researcher suggests. >>>

Medicare ACOs Add 106

With the launch of 106 Medicare Accountable Care Organizations January 1st, the latest tally of the coordinated care program shows that more than 250 ACOs have been formed in almost every state. >>>

4 Ways HR Can Raise Flu Shot Compliance

While some hospitals have instituted policies warning employees to get the flu shot or get fired (and are following through), the most successful strategies incentivize changes in employee behaviors. >>>

CEO: Hospitals Should be 'Like the Maytag Repair Man'

NCH Healthcare System CEO Allen Weiss, MD is convinced that his health system's future lies in finding ways to keep his beds empty. One path to that goal is through collaboration with commercial payers. >>>



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News Headlines

'Surge plan' helps hospitals cope with flu

United Press International, January 16, 2013

ME governor announces proposal to pay hospitals

Bangor Daily News, January 16, 2013

TX Medical Board wants to let its investigators carry guns

Dallas Observer, January 16, 2013

GA 'bed tax' plan: practical solution or cop-out?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 15, 2013

Hospitals turn away visitors with flu symptoms

The New York Times, January 15, 2013

Are providers ripe for a massive medical records heist?

Government Health IT, January 15, 2013

21 states take aim at MA hospitals' Medicare windfall

The Boston Globe, January 14, 2013

MO health providers aim to streamline delivery of care

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 14, 2013

As 'bodega clinicas' fill void, health officials are torn

The New York Times / Kaiser Health News, January 14, 2013

Hospital wants to replace 'Durham' with 'Duke'

Newsobserver.com, January 11, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

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. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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