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Berwick: Zapping Overtreatment, Costs Takes 'Courage'

Cheryl Clark

The former acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services lauds efforts such as the Choosing Wisely campaign, which aim to reduce medical interventions "for which the risks outweigh the benefits." >>>

 

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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." >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Citing 'System Failure,' AHA Urges Delay of MU Stage 2

The processing of federally mandated quality measures by electronic health records systems "raises costs and effort for providers without leading to accurate data and is not sustainable," the American Hospital Association asserts. >>>

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. >>>

Despite EHR, Patient ID Problems Persist

If you think that moving to electronic health records will eliminate mistaken identity in healthcare, you are mistaken. >>>

Obesity, a Fledgling Disease, Needs Physician Support

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. >>>



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Date: August 27, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Proposed changes in inpatient status would reduce expensive stays, OIG finds

Bloomberg BNA, August 1, 2013

Whistleblower suit: Hospitals defrauded Medicaid

News & Observer / Associated Press, August 1, 2013

Cardiologist ordered to pay $17M for healthcare fraud

Bethesda Now, 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

HHS Inspector General scrutinizes Medicare rule for observation care

Kaiser Health News, July 30, 2013

AMA: Medicare gains from physicians' advice

USA Today, July 30, 2013

Medicare, Medicaid crackdown limits healthcare providers

The Spokesman Review / Associated Press, July 29, 2013

The hype over hospital rankings

The New York Times, July 29, 2013

Verdict: Walgreens must pay woman $1.44M over HIPAA violation

IndyStar.com, July 29, 2013



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