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Meet the Mother of All Patient Registries

Cheryl Clark

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is building a massive patient database to help healthcare providers identify effectiveness projects years before researchers get around to publishing their analyses. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Releases Proposed OPPS, Physician Fee Rules

The proposed Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule seeks to make more episode-based payments, while the proposed physician payment rule contains changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive program. >>>

OPPS Proposed Rule Significantly Affects Coding

Under the proposed Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule, evaluation and management coding and reimbursement for hospital outpatients could change dramatically. The changes may reflect "CMS's desire to create payment parity between the hospital-based clinic setting and physician offices," says one expert. >>>

10-Point ONC Safety Plan Seeks to Improve EHR Use

New federal guidelines aim for electronic health record systems to be used in a way that improves care and patient safety, and to ensure that system designs don't make certain types of errors more likely to happen. >>>

Physician Compensation Models Are Upside Down

The Dean Clinic has navigated through tough waters toward a value-based physician compensation model. It is an outlier. More commonly, physician and hospital contracts are top-heavy with volume, not value, a physician recruiter says. >>>

Surgery Residents Exposed to Rural Settings Inclined to Stay

Surgical residents who completed a year in rural practice were more likely to enter general surgery practice than those who did not. They were also more likely to practice in areas with populations of less than 50,000, an Oregon Health and Science University study shows. >>>

Pioneer ACOs Seen Defecting to MSSP Program

At least four of the 32 Pioneer ACOs are in the process of notifying their providers that they intend to shift to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and up to five more could follow. "They've learned that they probably won't be successful, so they want to move into a no-risk environment," says one observer. >>>



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News Headlines

State of U.S. health 'mediocre'

Yahoo News, July 11, 2013

Access, insurance cited as top healthcare issues

Journal Sentinel, July 11, 2013

Court overturns Hopkins malpractice case

The Baltimore Sun, July 11, 2013

Less practice for surgeons-in-training after restrictions

The Baltimore Sun, July 11, 2013

Providers to pay $4M in lawsuit alleging inappropriate heart procedures

Detroit Free Press, July 11, 2013

How Oregon is getting 'frequent fliers' out Of the ER

NPR, July 11, 2013

Nobel prize winner sets sights on fixing U.S. healthcare

Forbes, July 10, 2013

Competition, not need, drives hospital cardiac care investment

The Washington Post, July 10, 2013

Oklahoma City hospital posts surgery prices online; creates bidding war

KFOR, July 10, 2013

Surgical errors rise in MA despite new controls

The Boston Globe, July 9, 2013



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