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Does Primary Care Need To Be Retooled?

Joe Cantlupe

The president of Partners Healthcare and a Harvard University economist contend that primary care in the U.S. needs to be restructured to improve physician business practices and provide more value for patients. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CDI Prevention Protocols Maddeningly Inconsistent

Not only does Clostridium difficile infection kill 14,000 patients a year in the U.S. while racking up costs of roughly $1 billion, but providers are all over the map in their attempts to stop it. >>>

Diabetes Costs Hit $245B in 2012

More than half (62.4%) of the cost of diabetes care is provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and other government payers; 34.4% is paid for by commercial plans; 3.2% is paid for by the uninsured. >>>

Readmissions Prevention Begins at Admission

The first step toward curbing hospital readmissions is to identify, upon admission, patients who might be at risk for congestive heart failure, diabetes, or pneumonia. >>>

Colonoscopy 'Potentially Inappropriate' for 30% of Seniors

Some providers are overusing colonoscopy for screening purposes in older adults, based on age-based screening guidelines. Research shows wide regional variations in the practice. >>>

Bundled Payments Come to Cancer Care

Bundling is one of the new payment models being scrutinized as a way to get a handle on skyrocketing service line costs. Here’s how it works in oncology programs. >>>

Healthcare Hiring Strong Despite Looming Sequester Cuts

Any healthcare job losses that do come as a result of sequestration will be "disproportionately low" in relation to other industry sectors, says one economist. >>>

Healthcare vs. Processed Food Industry

It's time for a food fight. In one corner, we have physicians advocating for health and wellness. In the other we have the processed food industry, which, borrowing tactics used by Big Tobacco, puts corporate profits above the public good. >>>



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News Headlines

Ailing NY Downtown Hospital cuts entire residency program

DNAinfo.com, March 14, 2013

FTC sues over physician group acquisition in Idaho

Thomson Reuters, March 14, 2013

Can free video consults make Parkinson's care better?

NPR, March 14, 2013

Doubts about Hopkins research have gone unanswered, scientist says

The Washington Post, March 13, 2013

MO House endorses healthcare conscience measure

St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Associated Press, March 13, 2013

Parents of prescription overdose victims plead with CA legislators

Los Angeles Times, March 13, 2013

The superbug scare is this bad

The Atlantic Wire, March 12, 2013

24 female MDs talk about life as the boss

Forbes, March 12, 2013

Dollars for Docs mints a millionaire

ProPublica, March 12, 2013

Looming physician shortage prompts medical turf wars

The Sun Sentinel, March 8, 2013



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