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SGR is Finally on its Way Out. Maybe.

Joe Cantlupe

Although many bills designed to kill the sustainable growth rate formula have languished in Congress over the years, the talk these days is much more serious and physician groups have reason to be optimistic. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Surgeons' Disrupted Sleep Not a Safety Factor

A study designed to assess the effect of disrupted sleep on surgeons finds that surgical complications did not increase when surgeons who operated on emergency cases during the midnight to 7 AM shift operated on scheduled patients later in the day. >>>

3 in 4 Patients Want E-mail Consultations

Patient demand for e-mail consultations with physicians is high, but willingness to pay is low. Physicians practices are finding they can accommodate the preference for e-mail by identifying suitable billing strategies. >>>

ECRI Announces Top 10 Healthcare Technology Hazards

ECRI Institute collects data on adverse events and near misses and releases an annual report on the top technology dangers in healthcare. >>>

Reduced Readmissions—In a Bottle?

Healthcare organizations can lower readmissions and improve patient care significantly through a simple move that doesn't involve fancy data systems or expensive care coordinators, according to new research. If your organization doesn't use an oral nutritional supplement protocol, why not? >>>

How Should You Discuss Medical Bills with Patients?

A stakeholder-led initiative presents best practices intended to provide guidance to provider organizations for discussing insurance coverage and financial responsibility for co-pays and deductibles with patients. >>>

HANYS Grades the Hospital Graders

The Healthcare Association of New York State studies 10 of the most well-known report cards that attempt to quantify hospital performance—including those from the Leapfrog Group, Healthgrades, and U.S. News and World Report—and ranks them. >>>

Malpractice Insurance Strategies Evolve as Docs Get Hired

Many hospitals and health systems are paying for prior acts malpractice insurance as a way of attracting physicians, but how are they absorbing that expense once they've committed to it? >>>



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News Headlines

Retail clinics boom, but still small part of overall market

Kaiser Health News, November 7, 2013

Sheriff cites confusion, glitches in search for missing hospital patient

Los Angeles Times, November 7, 2013

Sutter Health settles suit over anesthesia billing

Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2013

Court upholds $14.2 million judgment against UPMC

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 6, 2013

Health center closure raises concerns in St. Louis

News & Observer / Associated Press, November 6, 2013

J&J will pay more than $2.2 billion to settle US cases

Bloomberg, November 5, 2013

ACA could be further hamstrung by shortage of doctors

CBS New York, November 5, 2013

Mobile health tech could reduce doctor visits

InformationWeek, November 5, 2013

Study points to 'imbalance' in spending on doctor training

Kaiser Health News, November 5, 2013

Doctors are enlisted to aid both sides on healthcare law

The Miami Herald / Kaiser Health News, November 1, 2013



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The Benefits (and Costs) of Consolidation

The recent level of M&A and affiliation activity in healthcare has been stunning, but to some leaders, it's nothing compared to what's coming over the next decade. >>>

 

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