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Hottest Job in Healthcare Still Primary Care Physician

John Commins

Part of the reason for the current shortage of family physicians harkens back to the perception in some medical circles just a few years ago that primary care was a specialty best to be avoided unless you wanted to work long hours for less pay. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Texas Health Unveils Center for Population Health

Opening the research center is part of a strategic plan to move Texas Health Resources squarely into a leadership role in the transition from fee-based healthcare to a value-based reimbursement model, says CEO Douglas Hawthorne. >>>

MU Audit Victim Lives to Tell

A provider who went through a Meaningful Use audit explains how she got through it, relying on training received at a user group conference, and the help of her state's Regional Extension Center. >>>

It's Judgment Day for Hospital Websites

Not only are hospitals' quality metrics under tight review by payers, but now the honesty and relevance of their websites' claims and content is getting scrutinized. >>>

Surgery Risk Calculator Predicts Complications

A new tool for assessing the risk of surgical complications might eventually be used as an optional alternative to generate reimbursement under the Physician Quality Reporting System. >>>

Physicians' Diagnostic Overconfidence May be Harming Patients

Institutions that notice diagnostic errors need to have a better way to notify doctors when their diagnoses are incorrect, researchers say, because internists' overconfidence in their decisions may be hurting patient care. >>>

Better ED Throughput Means a Better Patient Experience

After a move, ED patient satisfaction and throughput measures "tanked" at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. By eliminating duplication, leaders not only improved operational efficiency, but patient experience as well. >>>

Employers Behaving Badly

In this week's news roundup: Two large employers announce a drastic change to their employee benefits plans, a rural hospital CEO is sentenced in a stalking case, and the results of a compensation survey fail to wow anyone. >>>

Contrarian CEO: Consolidation Will Hike Spending

Consolidation in the healthcare industry will do nothing to stop the upward march of spending. In fact, consolidation should exacerbate it. So says a hospital chief in a major market who shall remain anonymous—for now. >>>



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News Headlines

MA ACOs produced 'spillover' savings

Reuters, August 28, 2013

Hospital officials pushing for health law grace period revision

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 28, 2013

Some hospitals at risk for electronic record penalties

Reuters, August 28, 2013

Want to know if your hospital is a rip off? Move to NC

The Washington Post, August 28, 2013

Opinion: Are hospitals already saving money for Medicare?

Bloomberg, August 27, 2013

UC Davis doctors who infected brain cancer patients with bowel bacteria resign

CBS Sacramento / Associated Press, August 27, 2013

OK surgical center reveals prices, gives patients choice

ABC News, August 27, 2013

WI rural hospitals could lose special Medicare payments

Wisconsin State Journal, August 26, 2013

Akron General to be sold to Community Health Systems and Cleveland Clinic joint venture

The Plain Dealer / Cleveland.com, August 23, 2013

Health overhaul could help rural residents

Star Tribune / Associated Press, August 22, 2013



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