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Cancer Misdiagnoses Surprisingly Common

Joe Cantlupe

Asked to estimate how often a misdiagnosis or incomplete characterization occurs in oncology, physicians vastly underestimated the actual numbers. "There's no feedback loop around this issue," says one observer familiar with the data. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

'Sunshine Act' Gets Guarded Reaction

Professional associations and lobbying groups have so far avoided bashing the final rule, which details how financial relationships between drug and device manufacturers and healthcare providers must be disclosed to the federal government. >>>

Medical Errors Draw Fines for 7 CA Hospitals

The latest round of immediate jeopardy findings by the California Department of Public Health has resulted in hospital penalties for 10 incidents of patient harm or death at seven hospitals. >>>

CMS Unveils 4 Bundled Payment Models

Payment models introduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are intended to drive efficiency in the care of Medicare patients by bundling episodes of care and may vary with each hospital's negotiated contract. >>>

KevinMD on Enhancing a Physicians' Online Reputation

In an interview, social media guru and author, Kevin Pho, MD, points out some of the biggest mistakes physicians make in regard to their online reputations, and explains how to fix them. >>>

Adverse Drug Reactions ID'd by Phone

In a research experiment, an automated phone system and pharmacists' follow-up calls identify and catch adverse drug events in patients. One observer says the system is "highly promising," but not yet ready for widespread implementation. >>>

Is Your Bundled Care Plan Market-Ready?

Three out of four consumers surveyed say they find bundled care plans "appealing." The promise of transparency is tantalizing, but consumers are clear-eyed and armed with a list of essential benefits. >>>

Hospitalizations Up For the Terminally Ill

More patients spent time in intensive care units during their last month of life in 2009 than in 2000. One researcher suggests that providers could "do a better job" of communicating about treatment options and goals of care. >>>



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News Headlines

Bipartisan 'doc fix' bill introduced

The Hill, February 7, 2013

Insurers press docs to file more claims electronically

The Hill, February 6, 2013

To love medicine again, physicians need to delegate

The Atlantic, February 6, 2013

Feds to publicize drug and device company payments to docs next year

Pro Publica, February 5, 2013

Docs concerned about gift disclosure rules

The Hill, February 5, 2013

Obama urged to mandate medical error reporting

InformationWeek, February 5, 2013

Health insurers highlight excessive out-of-network charges

Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2013

Docs, patients dealing with shortage of barium

American-Statesman, February 4, 2013

In TX, proposed bill clarifies end-of-life treatment

KENS5.com / The Texas Tribune, February 4, 2013

Medical clinic workers struggle with burnout

Los Angeles Times, February 4, 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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