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Medicare Pay 'Transparency' Divides Physicians

Joe Cantlupe

The issue of whether physician reimbursement data should be made public is creating a split among doctors. Some argue that the public has a right to know how tax dollars are being spent. Others fear payment disclosures could hurt competition. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Injuries Linked to Da Vinci Surgeries Underreported, Researchers Say

Only 245 cases of patient harm in surgeries using the Da Vinci robot system have been reported to the FDA since 2000. The figure seems "very, very low" to researchers, who have identified eight cases of patient harm or death that were not in the FDA's database. >>>

Say So Long to PCs in Hospitals

The personal computer has done a lot of good for clinicians in hospital settings, but its days are numbered. Zero-client terminals are quieter, safer, and cheaper to buy and to maintain. >>>

Cancer Care for Dying Patients On The Rise

Conflating disease treatment with patient care against a backdrop of a fee-for-service reimbursement system is leading to more aggressive treatments for terminally ill oncology patients, research conducted for the Dartmouth Atlas Project suggests. >>>

Healthcare-Associated Infection Costs Detailed

Surgical site infections are the most frequently occurring HAI, accounting for one-third of the annual cost or about $3.3 billion. But central line-associated bloodstream infections are the most expensive, researchers report. >>>

Patient Experience: Old School Approach May Be Best

The simplest, most effective patient experience strategy may be listening to the patient, directly through personal discussions and indirectly through survey data analysis. >>>

Bedside Initiatives Aren't Just for Kids

Nurses at the University of Pennsylvania Health System take a page from the pediatric playbook to make the hospital experience more patient- and family-oriented for adults, too. >>>

Community Health Centers Poised for Expansion

Gary M. Wiltz, MD, the newly elected chairman of the National Association of Community Health Centers, vows to expand the public profile of the organizations he calls "the base of primary preventive care." >>>



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Date: October 23, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

13 hospitial patients possibly exposed to rare, fatal brain disease in NH

NBC News, September 5, 2013

LSU hospital privatization OK'd by civil service panel

Kentucky.com / Associated Press, September 5, 2013

Can Cleveland Clinic save its hometown?

Forbes, September 5, 2013

Patients may have been exposed to measles at two MA hospitals

The Boston Globe, September 4, 2013

For hospital patients, observation status can prove costly

NPR, September 4, 2013

Orlando Health employees circulate petition to protest pay cuts

WFTV.com, September 4, 2013

SC hospitals gobble up doctor practices

The State, September 4, 2013

Pay gap for women doctors increases to $50,000 a year

Bloomberg, September 3, 2013

Report: Reprimanded doctors still get VA bonuses

USA Today, August 30, 2013

St. Louis ConnectCare cuts more than half of its staff

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 30, 2013



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