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Hard-Nosed About Physician Teamwork

Joe Cantlupe

A Michigan healthcare system tells physicians: be part of a multidisciplinary team or go away. Though many physicians are not collaborative by nature, a team-based approach is the only way to ensure success, says Spectrum Health. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Tavenner Confirmed as CMS Administrator

Marilyn Tavenner, a former nurse, hospital executive, and state health official, is the first Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services head to gain congressional approval since 2004. The full Senate confirmed her nomination with a 91-7 vote Wednesday. >>>

Rural Healthcare Can Entice the Best and Brightest

Ali Chisti intends to pursue a career as an internist and a population health specialist providing care in underserved and rural areas—not as a neurosurgeon as he had originally planned. He changed his mind when he came to understand the gap in resources between rural and urban areas. >>>

Quiet ORs Better for Patient Safety

Music at loud decibels can contribute to miscommunication among surgeons and nurses in the operating room, raising the risk of medical error, researchers say. >>>

Surgeon-Driven Quality Effort Slashes Complications, Costs

The National Surgical Quality Improvement Project, a growing effort run by the American College of Surgeons since 2004, reports that 83% of program participants have been able to decrease their surgical complication rates by a statistically significant level. >>>

Senate Finance Committee Hears More 'Doc Fix' Testimony

The sustainable growth rate formula's days may be numbered, but the SGR won't be repealed until an alternative system for making Medicare payments to physicians is found. >>>

Kill Your Chargemaster

Regardless of how your organization looks on the massive list of hospital pricing data released to the public by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, you've got some strategic thinking to do. >>>

Esther Dyson's Population Health Dream

The former Wall Street technology analyst turned key Silicon Valley investor believes city-wide ecosystems of health incentives and disincentives for unhealthy habits could have a significant positive effect on the nation's health. >>>



NEW Intelligence Report

NEW Intelligence Report: ED Solutions—Preparing for Increased Volume and Decreased Margins

Emergency Department overcrowding has increased by 22% since 2013. This original research and analysis offers key insight from top healthcare executives and clinical leaders on coping with patient volume while protecting the bottom line. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Docs, nurses disagree over expanded nurse roles

Kaiser Health News, May 16, 2013

$223M Medicare fraud bust nabs 89 in 8 cities

The Washington Post / Associated Press, May 15, 2013

Bills seek to open ME hospital board meetings to public

Bangor Daily News, May 15, 2013

Liberty Hospital lays off workers, shuts down wound clinic

Kansas City Business Journal, May 15, 2013

How a FL med school cares for communities in need

NPR, May 15, 2013

Medicare drug program fails to monitor prescribers

ProPublica, May 14, 2013

Hospitals promote screenings that experts say many people do not need

The Washington Post, May 14, 2013

VT end-of-life bill heads to governor

USA Today, May 14, 2013

A healthcare business that's reviving house calls

Philadelphia Daily News, May 13, 2013

NC hospitals fight bill that would benefit free-standing surgery centers

Charlotte Observer, May 10, 2013



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Date: May 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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Building Better Boards

Hospitals and health systems face unprecedented pressure to remake their business and clinical processes. Boards are trying desperately to keep up. >>>

 

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