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Use of Locum Tenens Providers Up 22% in One Year

Jacqueline Fellows

Ninety percent of organizations use temporary physicians and other clinical staff, a figure one temporary staffing executive calls "incredible." And the profile of locum tenens physicians has changed: Seven in ten have two decades of experience and half are mid-career professionals, survey results show. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

The Secret to Physician Engagement? It's Not Better Pay

It takes more than money for hospitals and health systems to motivate and retain employed physicians, says a senior executive at Catholic Health Initiatives. >>>

Another SGR Patch Likely, Lawmaker Says

Lawmakers can't agree on a way to plug the $122 billion hole in the budget that would be created by the elimination of the reimbursement cuts and "chances are not great" for a permanent fix by the March 31 deadline, says the co-chair of the GOP Doctors' Caucus. >>>

Hospital Groups Strike Back at Hospital Rating Systems

The Association of American Medical Colleges has issued a list of 25 guidelines to help hospital officials evaluate rating systems that rank hospitals. Hospitals are urged to consider the validity of measures used, and transparency about methodology. >>>

Drug Shortages Still an Expensive Problem for Hospitals

Hospitals are routinely forced to purchase substitute drugs, which is a costly proposition. Not all of those costs are direct, nor are they easy to tally. >>>

Hospital CEO Turnover Hits Record High

The churn rate for hospital CEOs fluctuated between 14% and 18% for a decade, but spiked to 20% last year, the American College of Healthcare Executives says. >>>

EHR Spending Continues, But Jury Still Out on ROI

As healthcare leaders continue to pour money into electronic health record systems, many (but not all) find that their return on investment remains elusive. >>>

How Succession Planning Boosts Employee Retention Rates

It may be counterintuitive, but proactively developing a system for identifying future healthcare leaders doesn't incent them to jump ship. Instead, this strategy keeps employees engaged and productive, one Pennsylvania health system finds. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Cardio Services—Keeping Pace With the Pulse of Population Health

This report outlines the strategies healthcare providers are pursuing to grow their cardio service lines while addressing margin pressures. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

Opinion: Why aren't doctors drug tested?

The New York Times, March 13, 2014

McLean (VA) doctor says 'concierge medicine' is future of primary healthcare

Fairfax Times, March 13, 2014

Doctor payments on the decline

ProPublica, March 12, 2014

US, citing 'urgent' need, calls on hospitals to improve disaster plans

The New York Times, March 12, 2014

NY hospital alerting 4,247 patients of possible blood contamination

Long Island Newsday, March 12, 2014

RI Hospital ER begins Google Glass dermatology study

MobiHealthNews, March 12, 2014

US cancer doctors urge payment fix as cases set to rise

Reuters, March 11, 2014

Cheaper surgery sends Lowe's flying to Cleveland Clinic

Bloomberg, March 10, 2014

In NY, a heart surgery factory with 'obscene levels' of pay

Bloomberg, March 7, 2014

Is it ill-advised for doctors to Google their patients?

CBS Chicago, March 7, 2014



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