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Oncologist Forecast Highlights Need for Team-Based Care

Jacqueline Fellows

Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment and improvements in long-term patient survival paired with a looming shortage of oncologists point to a growing need for interdisciplinary provider teams to meet the needs of patients. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

SGR Patch Bill Proposes ICD-10 Delay; Vote Expected Thursday

A House bill addressing Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians contains language that would postpone the ICD-10 deadline until October 1, 2015. >>>

What the Patient Really Wants

Having reached the probable limits of their healing powers, several clinicians and administrators at Gundersen Health System made sure a patient got what he really needed—no matter what. >>>

Hospital-Acquired Infections Decline, But Threat Remains

Despite progress in reducing rates of intestinal, chest, and urinary tract infections transmitted to hospitalized patients, nearly three quarters of a million patients each year end up with healthcare-associated infections, says the CDC. >>>

Organ Recovery Centers Reduce Transplant Costs 37%

Organ procurement organizations take a streamlined approach to the transplant process, removing much of the inefficiency and cost out of the complex sequence of organ donation. >>>

Should Healthcare Workers be Tested for Nicotine?

One in five healthcare organizations will not hire smokers. Some are screening for nicotine use, saying they wish to promote a healthier workforce. Not everyone is buying it. >>>

Proposed Review of 340B Drug Discounts Irks Hospitals

Contending that hospitals taking advantage of mandated lower drug prices should be held accountable for the levels of charity care they provide, a group funded by the pharmaceutical industry is getting pushback from two major hospital associations. >>>

6 Ways YouTube Connects With Patients

Even providers with small marketing budgets can implement YouTube strategies that resonate with patients in meaningful ways. >>>



LAST CHANCE LIVE Webcast

Webcast: Hospitals Developing Health Plans: Key Steps to Becoming a Provider-Payer

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET Join hospital leaders as they outline the strategic transition from provider to payer, and new opportunities for controlling costs, managing risk, and maximizing reimbursements. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

Docs to House: Oppose payment patch

The Hill, March 27, 2014

Hospital ratings show sharp differences in safety, chance of dying

Reuters, March 27, 2014

MO hospitals cut positions, new construction

St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Associated Press, March 27, 2014

Hopkins doctor's files included 1,200 videos, images of patients undressed

The Baltimore Sun, March 27, 2014

Double dip: Doctors paid to advise, promote drug companies that fund their research

ProPublica / The Boston Globe, March 26, 2014

MA hospital to close on 3 days' notice; 500 jobs lost

The Boston Globe, March 26, 2014

L.A. hospital doctors practice communication skills in 'operating room of the future'

Star Tribune / Associated Press, March 26, 2014

Draft rules would help protect seniors when Medicare Advantage plans drop doctors

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, March 25, 2014

Fewer patient admissions a symptom of healthcare 'transformation,' study says

Chicago Sun-Times, March 24, 2014

Doctors and tech: Who serves whom?

The Atlantic, March 21, 2014



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