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Obesity, a Fledgling Disease, Needs Physician Support

Joe Cantlupe

If physicians don't start having serious dialogues with their overweight patients, the American Medical Association's recent classification of obesity as a disease won?t mean much at all. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Berwick Names 11 Monsters Facing Hospital Industry

Former acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Don Berwick, MD, acknowledges healthcare providers have come a long way in the last few decades, but it's "by no means enough." >>>

Medical Error Cost Calculator Riles AHA

An online tool from the Leapfrog Group, which determines the "hidden surcharge" or costs of a hospital's medical errors, employs a methodology that is "seriously flawed," says the American Hospital Association. >>>

North Shore-LIJ Health System to Launch a Health Plan

CareConnect, the first provider-owned commercial health plan in New York, will offer lower prices and gives the healthcare provider "serious control" over quality and care coordination, says an NS-LIJHS executive. >>>

Useless Care for Back Pain on the Rise

Physicians are drifting away from evidence-based care for back pain patients and are treating them with growing rates of referrals to surgeons and other doctors and orders for "inappropriate" CT or MRI images, a study shows. >>>

Fight to Replace HMA Board Continues

Health Management Associates' largest shareholder says it intends to proceed with plans to replace the sitting HMA board, hours after Community Health Systems said it would acquire the embattled hospital chain. >>>

Struggling Hospital Depletes $135M Endowment

Violating a sacred code of philanthropy, a failing hospital received court approval to tap into the principal of an endowment meant to last into perpetuity. That kind of negative publicity doesn't help development executives at other healthcare organizations. >>>

Physician Groups Divided on GAO Self-Referral Report

Financial incentives for self-referring providers "were likely a major factor driving" an increase in referrals and millions of dollars in unnecessary Medicare costs, a Government Accounting Office report finds. >>>

MT Health Clinics Are Cost Effective, Not 'Free'

A Montana health clinic about to mark its one-year anniversary has already saved the state $1.5 million by making available primary care services to about 11,000 employees, their dependents, and pre-Medicare retired state employees. Members pay no out-of-pocket costs. >>>



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News Headlines

House panel votes to change Medicare funding approach

The Washington Post, August 1, 2013

Cardiologist ordered to pay $17M for healthcare fraud

Bethesda Now, August 1, 2013

Doctor profile data exchange in works

InformationWeek, August 1, 2013

Hospital to reduce pay for weekend employees

The Huntsville Times / AL.com, August 1, 2013

For surgery, big and famous hospitals aren't always the best

Reuters, July 31, 2013

US proposes annual lung cancer screening for those at high risk

Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2013

AMA: Medicare gains from physicians' advice

USA Today, July 30, 2013

Some medical procedures may be useless or worse

The New York Times, July 29, 2013

The hype over hospital rankings

The New York Times, July 29, 2013

Patients see higher bills after doctors sell practices

CNBC, July 26, 2013



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