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News Roundup: More Docs in the Pipeline

John Commins

In the news: Enrollment in medical schools has hit record levels. Not-for-profit small hospitals' median financial ratios were mixed in 2012, and research finds that older cancer survivors in rural areas are more likely to forgo medical care for financial reasons compared with their counterparts in urban areas. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Adverse Events Draw $775K in Fines at 9 CA Hospitals

The most recent round of administrative penalties for hospital deficiencies constituting immediate jeopardy includes two patient falls resulting in deaths, a wrong-site surgery, and a retained surgical object. >>>

Doctors in Residency Fail Tests of Common Courtesy

Interns observed interacting with hospitalized patients exhibited five basic behaviors associated with etiquette-based medicine during only 4% of all encounters. >>>

Healthcare CEOs: Get Ready for the Haters

Patients are already facing copays, coinsurance, and deductibles that are much higher than only a year or two ago. If you think they're unhappy now, wait until you see what happens when you try to collect their share of your payment directly. >>>

5 Ways Health Systems Can Reduce ED Usage

A study finds reductions in emergency department usage can be achieved through patient education, interventions in patient financial incentives, and the adoption of population health strategies such as patient-centered medical homes. >>>

The Trouble With Pay-for-Performance

The author of a study on pay for performance in healthcare, says there is little evidence to support that incentives for following certain processes that have been proven to add value… actually improve quality or value. >>>

Mapping Patient-Nurse Interactions Could Minimize Infections

Research findings call on hospital leaders to take a deeper look at how staff—primarily nurses—interact with patients, to determine a way for patients at highest risk for infection to come into contact with fewer workers. >>>

NCQA: Appropriate Use of Antibiotics by Providers 'Declining'

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has been tracking the use of antibiotic treatment in adults with acute bronchitis since 2006 and has found that compliance with not prescribing antibiotics has been "strikingly and perpetually low." >>>

M&As to Continue with Smaller Deals

Don't look for a slowdown in healthcare mergers and acquisitions anytime soon. While the era of mega mergers has peaked, one observer says to watch for robust consolidation activity among small health systems and stand-alone hospitals. >>>



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News Headlines

City of Pittsburgh responds to UPMC claim that it has no employees

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 30, 2013

Doctors use euphemism for $2.4 billion in needless stents

Bloomberg, October 30, 2013

Opinion: Shelter from the storms

The New York Times, October 30, 2013

Should hospital ratings be embraced, or despised?

ProPublica, October 29, 2013

Some health screenings may harm more than help

NPR, October 29, 2013

Patients, firms shop for better healthcare deals

ABC News / Associated Press, October 28, 2013

Garden City (NJ) chief of staff: Hospital is a 'tough business to be in'

Observer & Eccentric / HometownLife.com, October 28, 2013

Hundreds of LICH employees receive layoff notices

NY1 News, October 28, 2013

Healthcare law fails to lower prices for rural areas

The New York Times, October 25, 2013

Nonprofit hospitals swap breaks for mergers under law

Bloomberg, October 25, 2013



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