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  May 22, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Q&A: Rural Health Practitioner of the Year, Larry Rhodes, MD

John Commins

West Virginia pediatric cardiologist Larry Rhodes, MD, speaks passionately about his work at three community outreach clinics. "It is always easy to hide under the guise of 'this is for patient care,' but the best days of the month for me are when I am in my truck driving to one of these clinics." >>>

 

Editor's Picks

How Chargemaster Data May Affect Hospital Revenue

The now transparent federal database of hospital prices could motivate hospital financial assistance offices to write more flexible policies for collecting from uninsured, underinsured, and Medicare Advantage patients. >>>

CMS Seeks to 'Rapidly Reduce' Medicare Spending with $1B in Grants

The second round of federal Health Care Innovation Awards specifically seeks clinical models that will quickly shrink Medicare costs and improve care for populations with special needs as well as population health. >>>

ED Physicians Key to Half of Hospital Admissions

Doctors in the emergency department are the major decision makers in nearly half of all hospital admissions, giving them a significant role in controlling healthcare costs, research shows. >>>

Primary Care Docs Average More Hospital Revenue Than Specialists

A survey of hospital CFOs shows primary care physicians generated a combined average of $1,566,165 for their affiliated hospitals in the last year. Other specialties generated a combined annual average of $1,424,917, the lowest average in five years, data shows. >>>

Patient Harm Data to Remain on Medicare's Hospital Compare Site

An inaccurate media story about changes to Medicare's reporting on hospital-acquired conditions has sparked a flurry of criticism from patient safety advocates. Here's what's really going on. >>>

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. >>>

Hard-Nosed About Physician Teamwork

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. >>>



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Webcast: Boost Service Line Marketing Through Innovative Community Outreach

Date: May 23, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Tornado struck hospital but patients, staff unharmed

ABC News, May 22, 2013

Hospital 'code black' before flood of tornado patients

Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2013

Henry Ford, Beaumont $6.6-billion mega merger is called off

Detroit Free Press, May 22, 2013

A hospital CEO promises more pricing transparency—and makes rivals squirm

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 21, 2013

Here's why hospitals set high prices

The Washington Post, May 21, 2013

L.A. poised to go after Las Vegas hospital in patient-dumping cases

The Sacramento Bee, May 21, 2013

Owners of for-profit North Jersey hospitals cash in on land beneath

The Record, May 20, 2013

New Jersey hospital has highest billing rates in the nation

The New York Times, May 20, 2013

Hospital charges and the need for a maximum price obligation rule

Health Affairs, May 17, 2013

Seeking calm on the cancer ward

The New York Times, May 17, 2013



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