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Doc of the Year: Award Comes with Responsibility

John Commins

"There is nothing special about me. I am just a doctor trying to do what I know how to do," says Thomas E. Albani Jr., MD, who helped establish and helps run a free health clinic in Ohio. The American Academy of Family Physicians has named him 2013 Family Physician of the Year. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

How Hospital Practices are Trimmed at UCSF

One energetic hospitalist, lamenting a "vast culture of overuse and waste," is working with a team to rid his hospital of some unnecessary operational habits that evidence says should be halted. >>>

How Prehabilitation Can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Hospital Costs

Better preparing cancer patients for surgery and the rigors of treatment regimens can improve patient outcomes and generate cost savings through shorter hospital stays and fewer readmissions, researchers say. >>>

HMA Board Ousted by Glenview Capital

In a move seen as a "shadow vote" on the recently announced merger between Health Management Associates and Community Health Systems, HMA's largest shareholder has pushed out the sitting board and replaced it. >>>

5 Bills, 1 Month: AHA Urges Outreach to Legislators

The American Hospital Association wants acute care organizations to invite members of Congress into their hospitals during the August recess. The group is seeking co-sponsors on five bills. >>>

Toxic Docs Require Management Finesse

Healthcare organizations are working to both discipline and reform physicians who display disruptive behavior. The process requires leaders to strike a tricky balance between "managing disruptive behavior" and "caring for and protecting the victims," says one expert. >>>

Weaker Finances Seen for Not-for-Profit Hospitals

The not-for-profit healthcare sector will likely see softening median ratios in 2013, says a Standard & Poor's Rating Services analyst. With many efficiencies already factored into healthcare system operations, additional savings may be difficult to realize. >>>

Q&A: An Independent Hospital CEO Talks About the Future

Many independent hospitals are joining with bigger systems in search of access to capital, scale, and survival. But that doesn't mean acquisition is right for everyone, says the CEO of Lodi (CA) Health. >>>

Hospital Finance, Quality Team Up for Better Profit Margins

The finance leaders at New Jersey's Barnabas Health have a new motivation for engaging with the quality department's efforts: reducing readmissions and cutting costs. >>>



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News Headlines

FL hospitals reducing readmission rates

The Miami Herald / Associated Press, August 14, 2013

Maine Medical Center announces 225 position cuts, other reductions

Bangor Daily News, August 14, 2013

Parkland not slowing down changes after passing safety test

The Dallas Morning News, August 14, 2013

Maryland General settles with US for $750K

The Baltimore Sun, August 14, 2013

Bigger hospitals may lead to bigger bills for patients

The New York Times, August 13, 2013

NH hospital tech pleads guilty in hepatitis outbreak

The Washington Post / Associated Press, August 13, 2013

8 ME hospitals sue Sebelius over payments for low-income patients

Bangor Daily News, August 13, 2013

Overall, NY hospital services improving

WGRZ.com/Gannett, August 12, 2013

CA looks for a new generation of culturally sensitive healthcare workers

The Sacramento Bee, August 12, 2013

Cleveland Clinic to work with ProMedica to improve patient care

The Plain Dealer, August 9, 2013



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