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'Country Doctor of the Year' Embraces Challenges of Rural Medicine

John Commins

Robert Bosl, MD, has for the past 33 years served about 2,500 patients around the town of Starbuck, MN. This annual award recognizes what is right in rural healthcare delivery, but it also inadvertently shows us much of what is wrong. >>>

 

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. >>>

Not-for-Profit Hospitals Find Opportunity Amid Uncertainty

While the uncertainty around healthcare reform and lower reimbursements will prove a challenge in the near future, hospital leaders also see opportunities to succeed within local markets. >>>

The 5 Biggest Healthcare Finance Trouble Spots

Healthcare finance executives have had more than their share of challenges to deal with in 2013. Which ones top the list—and will continue to be headaches in 2014? >>>

Safety Net Executives Renew Call to Preserve DSH Payments

Leaders of 250 safety net hospitals protest that the statutory cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital funding—more than $18 billion through 2019—are unjustifiable since about half the states have rejected Medicaid coverage expansion. >>>

Injuries Among Surgeons Carry Hidden Costs

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. >>>

Why You Should Involve Patients in Nursing Handoffs

A new study finds a patient safety measure that nurses and patients alike agree improves care: Involving patients in the handoff process when nurses change shifts. >>>

How CPOE Will Make Healthcare Smarter

Computerized physician order entry is a key requirement of meaningful use stage 1. Now that CPOE has reached a tipping point, healthcare IT leaders are at the beginning of a journey that takes the accumulated wisdom of a healthcare provider and codes it into decision-support systems. >>>



News Headlines

FDA hopes hospitals will switch to newly regulated pharmacies

NBC News, December 4, 2013

UnitedHealthcare, doctors fight in federal court over physician network cuts

The Hartford Courant, December 4, 2013

Why eliminating 'hospital purgatories' would save billions of dollars

PBS NewsHour, December 4, 2013

As hospital prices soar, a stitch tops $500

The New York Times, December 4, 2013

NH hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis case

ABC News / Associated Press, December 3, 2013

For nurses, hospital jobs harder to come by

The Indianapolis Star, December 3, 2013

Hospitals looking for cash up front before most procedures

Star Tribune / Chicago Tribune, December 3, 2013

Medicare seeks to curb spending on post-hospital care

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

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



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Population Health and the Analytics Opportunity

Innovators are blending technology with new care models while targeting high-risk patients in a patient-centered strategy. >>>

 

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