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What Breast Cancer Screenings Reveal about Cost Control
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

Sometimes changes to cancer screening recommendations are actually just changes to cancer screening recommendations. But judging by the backlash against new breast cancer screening guidelines released this week by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, sometimes they represent deeper problems and frustrations with the healthcare system. [Read More]
  November 19, 2009

 
Editor's Picks
End of consultation codes will hurt specialists
My colleague Cheryl Clark wrote an excellent article this week about the impact of CMS' decision to completely eliminate consultation codes starting in January. The change was announced in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, but has flown under the radar because of the intense focus on healthcare reform. CMS made the move because of a high level of miscoding (and possible fraud) with consults. Specialists will now have to bill under lower-paying office visit codes, which could impact their willingness to be available for referral care. [Read More]
Connecting with physicians online
Google has conducted a study on how physicians use the Internet, and the results are pretty interesting. Eight-six percent of doctors have gathered health or drug information online, and the Internet is used more than peer review journals, CME courses, or any other source for finding this type of information. Search engines are the most common method for finding health resources, and most doctors click on the top result in the search. It's an interesting study and worth reading. [Read More]
Doctors urge focus on geriatrics
The American Geriatrics Society is proposing that elder care be added to the list of six core areas that have long been the focus of medical school training. More geriatricians will obviously be needed in a couple of decades when 78 million baby boomers reach their 70s and 80s, but it is tough to recruit into one of the lowest-paying specialties in medicine. Perhaps the better solution is to train all physicians in basic geriatric care, so they can manage care sufficiently when geriatricians aren't available. [Read More]
Do Physicians Have Time for Quality?
Check out Janice Simmons' column about a new report that looks at the link between the amount of time physicians spend with patients and quality. The study found that durations for primary care visits have increased slightly in recent years, but overall performance on quality metrics was poor. The findings suggest that the relationship between visit duration and quality of care depend on the type of quality indicator. [Read More]
Happy Thanksgiving!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a happy Thanksgiving holiday. HealthLeaders Media PhysicianLeaders will not publish next week, but will be back December 3.
Business Rx
10 Common Employer Mistakes
Because of their relatively small size and close working relationships, physician practices are less likely to find themselves in an employment suit. However, employment suits do happen, and practices should watch for the following employment mistakes to reduce their likelihood. [Read More]
Physician News
Doctors' neckties seen as flu risk
Wall Street Journal - November 19, 2009
Senate unveils healthcare bill
Washington Post - November 19, 2009
CBO: Physician Payment Bill Would Cost Medicare Beneficiaries
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - November 18, 2009
Retail Clinic Market Showing Signs of Growth
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - November 18, 2009

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