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New G-Code to Pay Doctors for Broad Array of Non-Face-to-Face Care

Cheryl Clark

Though few physicians realize it yet, a new CMS rule will begin to pay them for the hours they and their clinical teams spend managing Medicare patients' chronic conditions beyond face-to-face office visits. >>>

 

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. >>>

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. >>>

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. >>>

Substance Abuse Resurfaces Among Anesthesiologists in Training

Nearly 1% of anesthesiology residents showed substance use disorders, including some who died as a result, and nearly half of those caught had a relapse, says a new report. "This is still a big problem within our specialty," says the study author. >>>

Tennessee Blues Enlists Pastors to Help Reduce Healthcare Disparities

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee developed a tool kit for churches to use to improve immunization rates among minorities and rural whites in the state. Next up: Behavioral health and chemical dependency problems. >>>

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. >>>

Douglas Hawthorne—A Chance to Do Something Big

Douglas Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, has repeatedly made big bets on where the puck is going in healthcare, and those bets have almost always paid off. Now his behemoth health system is seeking to take responsibility for caring for individuals over a lifetime. Making that change pay off financially is the critical challenge. From the 2013 HealthLeaders 20. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Advancing Clinical Quality from Data to Decisions

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News Headlines

Intuitive robots may stall in surgery, company warns doctors

Bloomberg Businessweek, December 5, 2013

Opinion: To make hospitals less deadly, a dose of data

The New York Times, December 5, 2013

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

FDA warns of problems with Philips heart devices

SFGate.com / Associated Press, December 4, 2013

23andMe faces class action lawsuit in CA

NBC News / Associated Press, December 4, 2013

NH hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis case

ABC News / Associated Press, December 3, 2013

Do patient portals improve healthcare?

InformationWeek, December 3, 2013

Palliative care, the treatment that respects pain

The New York Times, December 3, 2013

Linking genes to diseases by sifting through electronic medical records

The New York Times, December 2, 2013



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

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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