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Physician Recruitment Strategies Get More Personal

Marianne Aiello

At Baystate Health, the largest system in western Massachusetts, marketers identify the greatest attribute it has to offer physicians and builds a campaign around it, employing consistency, automation, and tracking. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

AHA Eyes 'Extremely Challenging' 2014

Facing significant reductions in payments, mounting regulatory actions, and a "broken" RAC appeals process, hospitals are facing a variety of pressures in the new year, the American Hospital Association says. >>>

HIX Pains Now, But Hope for Long-Term Relief in NH

New Hampshire has only one health insurer participating in its federal exchange marketplace, but state lawmakers and regulators are optimistic that other payers will join the market in 2015. >>>

NQF Distances Itself From Safe Practices Co-Chair

While an influential advocate for patient safety and former committee chair of the National Quality Forum denies allegations that he took kickbacks from a product manufacturer, the DOJ has named him in a settlement agreement. The NQF cut ties with him years ago and updated its conflict of interest policies. >>>

Little Threat to Specialists' Revenue in Choosing Wisely Recommendations

Treatment guidance from medical specialty groups varies widely in terms of its potential financial impact on providers, acknowledges the head of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, which backs the Choosing Wisely initiative to promote evidence-based care. >>>

Pledges Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing Rates

In a study, antibiotic prescription rates for antibiotic-inappropriate diagnoses dropped after clinicians posted photos of themselves alongside signed pledges to "avoid prescribing antibiotics when they are likely to do more harm than good." >>>

CT Physicians, UnitedHealth Head to Mediation

UnitedHealthcare is headed to federal court-ordered arbitration with two doctors groups in Connecticut over the insurer's decision to drop some physicians from its Medicare Advantage network. >>>



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Webcast: Forge Partnerships Across the Care Continuum—Metrics and Workflows

Date: March 14, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join leaders from SCL Health System and Collaborative Healthcare Strategies as they reveal how to successfully align with external entities across the care continuum to reduce readmissions, improve care quality, and streamline workflows. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

State of the Union 2014: Obama embraces Obamacare

Politico, January 29, 2014

Ex-Microsoft exec brings lists and whiteboard to overhaul of Obamacare website

Kaiser Health News / Wired, January 29, 2014

FL county with highest uninsured rate sees little impact from Obamacare

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, January 28, 2014

100-year business: St. John's Hospital negotiates construction, changing healthcare laws

The State Journal-Register, January 27, 2014

Hospital employment in Northeast PA falls 10 percent

The Scranton Times-Tribune, January 27, 2014

Fewer Americans lack health insurance, poll finds

NBC News / Associated Press, January 24, 2014

Little-known aspect of Medicaid now causing people to avoid coverage

The Washington Post, January 24, 2014

Court hands victory to Obamacare navigators

The Hill, January 24, 2014

TX imposes additional rules on health insurance navigators

Kaiser Health News / The Texas Tribune, January 23, 2014

Newly insured Americans don't understand basic healthcare terms

The Atlantic, January 23, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make a difference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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