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. >>>
Daily death rates for cardiac surgery patients in one large study jumped at the 30-day mark. Was it because physicians were treating the performance measure instead of the patient? What are the unintended consequences of quality of care and performance measures, anyway? >>>
Patient experience lays the groundwork for every marketing initiative, yet many healthcare marketers feel they do not have a direct influence on how that experience is delivered. Here's how marketers' internal communication initiatives and C-suite influence can bring about positive change in the lives of patients. >>>
Many states that passed malpractice caps a decade ago should expect to see judicial review because caps aren't passing constitutional muster and aren't delivering on what they advertised, says a legal expert. >>>
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. >>>
Factors contributing to a grim economic report from Moody's Investors Service include low rate increases from commercial payers, Medicare and Medicaid rate cuts, and a shift in payer mix to more governmental payers, says a Moody's analyst. >>>
Look beyond the EHR incentive program. A national effort to turn CMS's recent release of Medicare physician payment data into useful, actionable data visualizations is the hottest HIT challenge right now. >>>
Seeking to cut costs or enhance margins, some hospitals and health systems consider dropping clinical services. Four healthcare leaders discuss profitability and other factors that must be weighed before making a determination on clinical services. >>>
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