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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
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. >>>
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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