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Anesthesiologists as 'Air Traffic Controllers of the OR'

Jacqueline Fellows

Early results of a new program focusing on anesthesiologists' interactions with patients show promise toward improving patient satisfaction. "As hospitals prioritize patient satisfaction, anesthesiologists play a more visible role," says a Florida physician key to the program. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Feds Stonewall ICD-10 Summit

On the first day of an AHIMA-organized summit, the Coalition for ICD-10 picked up a strong ally, America's Health Insurance Plans, but got no new information from federal officials about an implementation date. >>>

Managed Care Contract Negotiations Morph Under PPACA

Negotiating a managed care contract is not the same as it was even a few years ago. Now all of the power providers have in managed care negotiations is in their ability to prove that they can manage quality and cost more effectively than the next guy, says one expert. >>>

NY Abolishes Written Practice Agreement for NPs

A new law in New York State does not expand nurse practitioners' scope of practice, but it does eliminate the need for a written collaborative agreement between a physician and an NP, which in reality is little more than a financial agreement. >>>

Why Cedars-Sinai Screens All Inpatient Adults for Depression

Risk factors that can adversely affect a patient's recovery or trigger a hospital readmission include behavioral issues. The chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry discusses how screening for depression will become more widespread as hospitals adopt value-based reimbursement models. >>>

CDC: Try Drug Stewardship to Curb Antibiotic Overuse

Healthcare providers that adopt a leadership model of drug stewardship can reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals, says the CDC. >>>

MetroHealth Revs Its Population Health Engine

As the healthcare industry makes the move toward population health management, providers are finding innovative ways to positively affect the health status of their communities—and lower costs in the process. >>>

Don't Let Cultural Barriers Quash Retention Efforts

While we live in an increasingly globalized world our cultural differences remain. For many they are proud markers of national and personal identity. But in the healthcare workplace, they must be addressed strategically. >>>



Intelligence Report

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

As healthcare providers broaden cardiovascular programs and invest more in population health, IT integration, and outpatient facilities, many face increased margin pressure. This report reveals the key differences between stand-alone hospitals and health systems and how partners across the care continuum will play a greater role in helping to meet both patient needs and financial goals. Download Today >>>



News Headlines

Medicare's $5 billion ambulance tab signals area of abuse

Bloomberg, April 24, 2014

MIA in the war on cancer: Where are the low-cost treatments?

ProPublica / The Daily Beast, April 24, 2014

The case for seeing a nurse instead of a doctor

The Atlantic, April 24, 2014

Male MDs earn way more than females in Medicare

CNBC.com, April 23, 2014

Health systems first to combine radiology, EHR

InformationWeek, April 23, 2014

Hospitals can speed stroke treatment, but it's not easy

NPR, April 23, 2014

Last-minute change in TN law lets hospitals drop patients

The Tennessean, April 22, 2014

AMA report: Doctors support nearly 572,000 jobs

New York Business Journal, April 22, 2014

15-minute visits take a toll on the doctor-patient relationship

Kaiser Health News / USA Today, April 22, 2014

Intensive care patient to face charges of selling drugs from hospital bed

WTAE, April 22, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Physicians at the Crossroads

Doctors are facing critical decisions that will affect their future role in healthcare delivery, especially when it comes to developing care and payment models. >>>

 

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