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CMS Under the Gun to Launch Physician Compare Site
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must post information on quality, performance, and patient experience for physicians enrolled in the Medicare program on a public website. And it must make the data useful for providers to improve upon that care.[Read More]
  October 28, 2010

 
Editor's Picks
Citing SGR Cuts, Physicians Mull Dropping Medicare Patients
Two of three medical practices surveyed—67% of respondents—say they will either limit the number of new Medicare patients they accept or stop seeing Medicare patients altogether if Congress does not halt reimbursement cuts taking effect by the end of the year, a survey by the Medical Group Management Association shows. [Read More]
Physician Groups React to Report on Pharma Payments to Providers
A ProPublica report investigates the ethics of physician payments from pharmaceutical companies for drug promotion. Leaders from the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians acknowledge that while payments do occur, and are completely legal, what is depicted in the report is not an accurate portrayal of how most healthcare professionals practice medicine. Findings indicate that many of physicians, nurses, and pharmacists receiving payments from the pharmaceutical industry had questionable backgrounds, including documented cases of medical and professional misconduct.[Read More]
HIPAA, HITECH Final Rules Expected by Early 2011
Covered entities and business associates are awaiting the Office for Civil Rights' final breach notification rule and whether or not the "harm threshold" rule will be written into the interim final rule. These HIPAA and HITECH regulations could be finalized by the end of this year or early next year, a top lawyer for the Office for Civil Rights says. Adam H. Greene, JD, MPH, senior health information technology and privacy specialist for OCR, gave that prediction during the Fourth Annual HIPAA Summit West: Healthcare Privacy and Security after HITECH and Health Reform on October 4.[Read More]
Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned.[Read More]
Intelligence Report: Patient Experience — Help Wanted
While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.[Read More]
 
Business Rx
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training Mandatory for Physicians
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not exempt physicians from annual training requirements on bloodborne pathogen standards. Here are some guidelines for helping docs warm up to the idea of training.[Read More]
 
 
Physician News
Hospital Unemployment, Layoffs Steady in 2010
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 25, 2010
Medical Malpractice Claims Declining, Says Insurer
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 25, 2010
Hospitals' Data Sharing Improves Surgical Care
Jeff Elliott for HealthLeadersMedia, October 26, 2010

Risk of GI Endoscopy Complications Higher than Previously Reported
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2010
Diabetic Population to Double or Triple by 2050
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2010
Sepsis a 'Hidden Public Health Disaster'
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2010
MGMA Report Links Physician Compensation to Practice Ownership
HealthLeaders Media Staff, October 28, 2010
As Reimbursements Decline, Providers Find it Easier to Go Green
Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2010
MGMA: Practice Revenue Increases with EHRs
Jeff Elliott for HealthLeadersMedia, October 28, 2010
Pneumonia Misdiagnosis on Readmission Frequent, Costly
Roxanna Guilford-Blake, for HealthLeaders Media, October 28, 2010

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