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  June 19, 2013 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

Is GME Snubbing Rural America?

John Commins

Theories abound as to why young physicians won't practice in rural areas. But the key reason why young medical doctors don't fill these much-needed roles readily is a lack of accountability in publicly funded Graduate Medical Education programs, researchers suggest. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Healthcare Consolidation: M&A Not the Only Way

Regulatory barriers that once thwarted any pressure felt by hospitals and health systems to consolidate and uncover economies of scale or scope have eased. But consolidation doesn't always come via an acquisition. >>>

Aggressive End-of-Life Care Easing in Hospitals

Dying patients are more likely to receive less intense medical care than in the recent past. The cost of that healthcare, however, provided by hospitals, physicians, and hospice, continues to rise, says a Dartmouth Atlas report. >>>

MGMA: Physician Compensation Increasingly Based on Quality Measures

Primary care physicians have 3% of their total compensation based on quality measures, but doctors will increasingly be tied to these metrics as reimbursement aligns more closely with quality and cost measures, Medical Group Management Association data suggests. >>>

Healthcare Leaders Seek Strategic Sweet Spot

Hospitals and health systems are getting squeezed at both ends of the revenue spectrum. To survive they must effectively integrate a number of healthcare services and add value. But how? >>>

Patients Shoulder Nearly 25% of Medical Bills

Data from the American Medical Association details the costs of medical billing complexity on patients and physicians, who are put "in the awkward situation of having to ask patients for money," says an AMA board member. >>>

ACOs Widespread, Yet Challenged

Two of the pioneering forces behind accountable care organizations say the model is gaining significance as it proliferates across the country, even though there are concerns over lack of uniformity in performance measures. >>>

3 Reasons Wellness Programs Fail

Despite the concerted effort of employers, industry consultants, and fitness app makers, unhealthy employee behaviors don't seem to be changing. Workplace wellness is a hot trend, but employers are struggling to find real value. >>>



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News Headlines

Brill: Health law won't bring prices down for patients

HealthLeaders Media, June 19, 2013

MaineCare's payday will help hospitals, patients unlikely to see lower rates

Bangor Daily News, June 19, 2013

Opinion: Should hospital payments be cut if it's cheaper in doctor's office?

Dallas Business Journal, June 19, 2013

Outside review of clinical data finds a spinal treatment's benefit overstated

The New York Times, June 18, 2013

NC physicians group coordinate to improve care and avoid penalties

News & Observer, June 18, 2013

Chicago safety-net hospitals face uncertain future

The Chicago Tribune, June 18, 2013

FBI: Chicago hospital kept patients too sedated to breathe on their own

Bangor Daily News, June 17, 2013

Walk-in clinics gaining popularity

Los Angeles Times, June 17, 2013

EMHS on budget as other ME hospitals struggle financially

Bangor Daily News, June 14, 2013

Obamacare shows hospital savings as patients make gains

Bloomberg, June 13, 2013



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Webcast: Physician Compensation Models and Metrics Under Population-Based Reimbursement

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