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Preventing Amputations Starts with PCPs

Joe Cantlupe

J.A. Mustapha, MD, works to save limbs. A big part of his challenge is persuading primary care physicians to refer patients with peripheral arterial disease to specialty services like his, where amputations may be prevented. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Hottest Job in Healthcare Still Primary Care Physician

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

How Teamwork Can Save Primary Care

A shift away from fee-for-service and toward a population management model of healthcare wouldn't involve nurse practitioners and physician assistants replacing doctors; it would call on all providers to work together as a team. >>>

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. >>>

Google Glass Medical Pioneers Balance Technology and Marketing

Some early adopters in the surgical suite are pushing ahead with efforts to capitalize on the promise of Google's revolutionary hands-free tool. >>>

Bringing Consistency to the 9-Month Episode of Care

By redesigning the care model using uniform best practices borrowed from surgical procedure, leaders at Geisinger Health System reduced perinatal variability. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Predictive Analytics—Reducing Readmissions and Hospitalizations

Date: October 28, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Clinical decision support experts from Penn Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center reveal how they powered predictive analytics to reduce readmissions, improve care, and reduce financial risk. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

States experimenting to lower healthcare costs

News & Observer / Associated Press, August 29, 2013

AMA president optimistic about a fix for Medicare's doctor payment formula

Kaiser Health News, August 29, 2013

Some hospitals at risk for electronic record penalties

Reuters, August 28, 2013

Mobile Doctors CEO, physician charged with Medicare fraud

The Chicago Tribune, August 28, 2013

Doctors in Blue Cross alternative quality contract also changed how they treated Medicare patients

The Boston Globe, August 28, 2013

Opinion: Doctors should bill for life-or-death decisions

Bloomberg, August 27, 2013

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

CBS Sacramento / Associated Press, August 27, 2013

Americans underestimate resident doctors' work hours, poll says

Boston.com, August 26, 2013

Despite additional dollars, doctor shortage hard to fix

The Texas Tribune, August 23, 2013

Doctors seek partner to keep a Brooklyn hospital open

The New York Times, August 23, 2013



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New Approaches to Patient Experience

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