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Injuries Among Surgeons Carry Hidden Costs

Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor for HealthLeaders for HealthLeaders Media

Hospital and health system HR departments rarely receive injury reports from surgeons, but the financial consequences—specifically among orthopedic surgeons—are high, and the problem will only worsen as the workforce ages, a study shows. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

CMS Sets 2014 Pay Rates for Hospital Outpatient and Physician Services

The new rules reflect changes in healthcare, says CMS, but hospital and medical groups express disappointment and call for attendant SGR reform. >>>

Are ACOs Really Different from HMOs?

Accountable care organizations are a "fad" and "not very different from the HMO model… [with] a few bells and whistles, but otherwise it's the same old incentive to do as little as possible and find the healthiest patients you can," says a director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. >>>

Nonprofit Hospital Outlook 'Negative' in 2014

Several negative factors are unlikely to abate soon, including declining inpatient volumes, increasing expenses, and historically low increases in commercial payer rates. >>>

Google Glass Passes IRB Muster, Assists in Cardiothoracic Surgeries

Surgeons are justifiably excited by the possibilities of using Google Glass in the operating room. Despite Wi-Fi hurdles, privacy concerns, and speech recognition issues, this device will inevitably become another indispensable tool in healthcare. >>>

Engaging the Chronic Care Patient

Frustrated and noncompliant patients can lead to increased healthcare costs. Through remote monitoring, video conferencing, and nurse navigators, health systems and hospitals are tapping into the needs of patients facing an array of chronic conditions – and lowering their cost of care. >>>

AHA: Hospital RAC Audits Rising

Audits of hospital claims data by Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors are growing dramatically and impose an "immense administrative burden" on hospitals, says an AHA official. >>>



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News Headlines

Revamping the house call to reduce healthcare costs

NBC News, December 2, 2013

Medicaid growth could aggravate doctor shortage

The New York Times, December 2, 2013

Medicare seeks to curb spending on post-hospital care

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, December 2, 2013

Humana invites Mississippians onto the healthcare bus

NPR, December 2, 2013

Nurse killed in stabbing rampage at TX medical center

USA Today / Associated Press, November 27, 2013

Three ways Obamacare is changing how a hospital cares for patients

NPR, November 27, 2013

Easing nurse practitioner laws may save money at clinics

Reuters, November 27, 2013

Why 23andMe terrifies health insurance companies

Fast Company, November 27, 2013

Victims in meningitis outbreak hope for criminal charges against compounding pharmacy

NBC News / Associated Press, November 26, 2013

OH says board acted within law in Medicaid case

SFGate.com / Associated Press, November 26, 2013



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