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New Physician Oath: First, Reward Quality Care
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

Most physicians are good at following the creed laid out in the Hippocratic Oath to first, do no harm. But what comes second? For many physicians, that depends on the financial incentives that reward how they deliver care. [Read More]
  December 3, 2009

 
Editor's Picks
Appendicitis? There's an app for that
Mobile technologies and smart phones have the potential to transform medicine in ways we're only beginning to see. Case in point: There is a new iPhone application that allows radiologists to read scans from their phones. Using a $20 iPhone application called OsiriX, radiologists made correct diagnoses of appendicitis in 124 of 125 computed tomography scans. Imagine the new diagnostic tools physicians will have in 5-10 years as this technology continues to evolve. [Read More]
Cosmetic Surgeons Decry 'Bo-tax'
Plastic surgeons are predictably upset at a proposed tax on elective cosmetic surgeries that would help raise about $6 billion of the cost of healthcare reform. They play both the class and gender cards in claiming that the bill is going to hurt middle-class "soccer moms" more than anyone. In reality, it's going to hurt plastic surgeons more than anyone, which is why they're upset. If we can make progress in covering the uninsured and improving the quality of medically necessary procedures by taxing elective cosmetic procedures, I'm all for it. [Read More]
Should doctors talk to patients on Facebook?
There is an interesting discussion taking place in Europe's medical community that may be of interest to American doctors who use social networking sites. The UK's Medical Defense Union has warned physicians about patients who proposition or flirt with physicians through Facebook or similar social networking sites. Many physicians are discovering that social networking is a great way to interact with patients, but there are pitfalls that both parties should be aware of. [Read More]
10 Years After To Err is Human: Are Hospitals Safer?
November marked the 10-year anniversary of the Institute of Medicine's "To Err Is Human," the first of its 11-volume "Quality Chasm" series on improving patient care and avoiding mistakes. But are we really better today at preventing mistakes and safeguarding our systems from causing harm than we were 10 years ago? My colleague Cheryl Clark tries to answer that question in this article, and there's both good news and bad news about the progress healthcare had made. [Read More]
Business Rx
Learn How to Challenge Flawed Ratings, Tiers
Payer rankings are an increasingly important part of marketing for health plans, so it's unlikely physician practices will be able to opt out of them. But you can probably include provisions in your contract to help ensure accuracy. [Read More]
Physician News
Mammography Screening Message Was Misunderstood, Says Task Force
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - December 3, 2009
MedPAC: Regional Variation in Service Use Not Same as Medicare Spending
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - December 2, 2009
Bill complicates drive to add primary-care doctors
Wall Street Journal - November 30, 2009
Surgeon questions study led by University of Minnesota doc with Medtronic tie
Minneapolis Star Tribune - November 30, 2009

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