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Why Docs are 'Constantly Encouraged to Do Bad'

Joe Cantlupe

The motivation to properly care for patients "has been sapped by poorly designed incentives," one economist says. Pay-for-performance models, capitation, and bundled payments "often fall short of their goals and must be re-examined." >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Medical Errors at 10 CA Hospitals Draw Fines of $625K

California's latest round of penalties for hospital blunders that resulted in patient harm or death includes a wrong-site surgery, feeding errors, a retained surgical object, and a number of unnecessary "emergency" coronary interventions. >>>

CMS Pays Primary Care Bonuses Amidst Bureaucracy

Payments from the Medicare Primary Care Incentive Program are "a good start," to help bolster physician pay, but primary care physicians consistently fall "below 50% of the average specialty incomes," says the head of the American Academy of Family Physicians. >>>

OIG Recommendation 'Would Kill Rural Health'

Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association, is blasting a federal report that recommends stripping critical access designation from any hospital that was brought into the program under a state "necessary provider" designation. "The practical effect is that it would kill rural health," Morgan says. >>>

MGMA-ACMPE Seeks Delay for Stage 2 MU Penalties

Lack of vendor readiness for the move to Stage 2 Meaningful Use means physicians will be unable to meet the requirements for EHR implementation and will be subject to fines starting in 2015, the Medical Group Management Association says. >>>

'Dismal' Understanding of Health Plans Among Consumers

Only 14% of consumers surveyed understand basic insurance terms such as "copayments," and "deductibles." They will make "disastrous decisions," when health insurance exchanges come online in a few weeks, says an economist and researcher. >>>

The Trouble with Image Sharing, and the Opportunity

Hoarding medical imaging data is one of the most highly profitable, and strategic, tactics of hospitals competing in a fee-for-service market. It also represents a huge opportunity to reduce the high cost of healthcare as reform comes online. >>>

Would You Hire a Deaf Nurse?

A nursing school boots out a deaf student over concerns that her hearing loss would limit her ability to safely perform clinical rotations. Nonsense, says the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses. >>>



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

Date: August 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Join CMOs from Banner Health Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ as they discuss strategies and metrics for implementing a value-based model of physician compensation. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Report: More doctors accepting Medicare patients

USA Today, August 22, 2013

CVS cuts access to opioid pain-killers for suspect doctors

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, August 22, 2013

Coming soon: Surgeons wearing Google Glass

FastCoExist.com, August 22, 2013

Thousands of doctors practicing despite errors, misconduct

USA Today, August 21, 2013

Why physicians don't like big data

InformationWeek, August 21, 2013

Chicago doctor accused of posting photos of intoxicated patient

ABC News, August 21, 2013

Why doesn't medical care get better when doctors rest more?

The New Yorker, August 21, 2013

Doctors who profit from radiation prescribe it more often, study finds

The New York Times, August 19, 2013

Survey of nurses finds 'moderate' verbal abuse

The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 19, 2013

A powerful tool in the doctor's toolkit

The New York Times, August 16, 2013



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