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As Dementia Spreads, So Does Geriatrician Shortage

Jacqueline Fellows

Much attention has been paid to the disproportionate balance of the supply and demand of PCPs, and rightly so; however, fewer PCPs also means fewer geriatricians, for which there is already acute demand. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Observation, Two-Midnight Rules Hit in Hearing

Hospital leaders testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee derided Medicare's two-midnight and observation rules, saying that not only are the policies not working, they've also added huge costs and quality issues for providers and patients. >>>

With Saline in Short Supply, Hospitals Look for Alternatives

A widespread shortage of saline solution is forcing hospital pharmacists and healthcare clinicians to stretch existing supplies, find workarounds, and formulate substitutes. >>>

'Stunning' Number of Sepsis Cases Among Patients Who Die in Hospitals

Researchers find that as many as one in every two patients who die while hospitalized have sepsis. Many, the report says, come to the hospital with mild or early-stage cases, which go under-recognized. >>>

CMS Proposes Meaningful Use Extensions

The proposed rule would give healthcare providers more flexibility in how they use electronic health record systems to meet Meaningful Use requirements and would formally extend the timelines for Stage 2 and Stage 3. >>>

EHR Use Surges at Health Centers

More than nine out of 10 federally qualified health centers reported having electronic health records systems in 2013 compared with 30% in 2009. >>>

Retaining Physicians in a Post-Loyalty World

Compensation is not a physician's only consideration when contemplating a new job, and it shouldn't be a hospital's only draw. Physician retention starts with healthcare executives making strong hiring decisions. >>>

CMS eHealth Summit: Physicians Call for Simplification

One doctor attending the eHealth Summit in Baltimore challenged electronic health records system vendors to simplify their implementations, saying "things that should be very simple… get very complicated when they get handed off to the vendor." >>>

After a Medical Error, Patients Could Become Hospital Insiders

Patients who have been harmed by medical errors, and their family members, could be recruited to hospital internal quality review proceedings and their suffering could be used to prevent future mistakes. It's a good, but potentially disastrous idea. >>>



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News Headlines

Medicare may be overpaying hospitals for patients who don't stay long

NPR / Kaiser Health News, May 22, 2014

FDA advisory on surgical device divides doctors

The Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2014

Only 2 in 5 L.A. health clinics are ready for Obamacare patients

Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2014

When doctors play this game, patients get better medical care

NPR, May 22, 2014

White House sends Obama aide to investigate deaths linked to VA center in Phoenix

The Washington Post, May 21, 2014

Way too many doctors are prescribing antibiotics in error, study says

Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2014

Patients lose when doctors can't do good physical exams

Kaiser Health News / The Washington Post, May 21, 2014

What a doctor may miss when he reaches for the MRI first

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, May 20, 2014

Wait times to see a VA doctor an issue for MI veterans

CBS Detroit, May 20, 2014

When doctors treat patients like themselves

The New York Times, May 20, 2014



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From HealthLeaders Magazine

Presidents, CEOs, and the New Leadership Model

Some hospital CEOs, used to captaining their own ship, are finding that healthcare reform means there are fewer opportunities to run things as they see fit. Maybe that's a good thing. >>>

 

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