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Physicians Forecast Hot Winter on Capitol Hill
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Physician groups are preparing for a winter of intense lobbying on Capitol Hill over a host of issues, particularly the controversial Sustainable Growth Rate formula and the debt ceiling vote fallout that could result in significant Medicare cuts impacting providers. [Read More]
  August 11, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
Doctors Sue HHS, CMS Over 'Secretive' Payment Committee
Six primary care physicians from Georgia have filed a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming that a committee that recommends reimbursement rates for Medicare procedures and services is skewed toward medical specialists. [Read More]
PDH: Understaffing a Possible Factor in Deaths at CRMC
Health Management Associates is disputing a report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which says understaffing at Carlisle Regional Medical Center may have played a role in the deaths of at least two emergency department patients in June.[Read More]
5 Reasons Nurses Want to Leave Your Hospital
Are your nurses engaged, committed employees? Or are they biding their time until they can go somewhere better? Onerous overtime policies are just one issue that has nurses eyeing the exits. [Read More]
APRNs Provide Care Equal to Doctors, Review Concludes
Evidence exists that care by advanced practice nurses at least as good as, and in some cases better than, care provided by physicians, and restrictions on APRN practice and reimbursement should be modified, Johns Hopkins researchers say. [Read More]
Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.
[Register Today]
Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates
Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation?s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates.
[Read More]
 
Business Rx
6 Physician Retention Strategies
If the greatest asset of a healthcare organization is its physicians, why then are so few resources put into retention and so many put into recruitment? Experts discuss the compelling financial reasons behind budgeting to retain star physicians. [Read More]
 
 
Physician News
5 Ways to Prevent Radiation Therapy Errors
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2011
CMS Expands HospitalCompare Data
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2011
Norton, Humana, Commercial ACO Notches Cost Savings
Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2011
Book Excerpt: Complete Guide to Physician Relationships
Kriss Barlow, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2011
NCCPA Launches CAQ Program for PAs in 5 Specialties
Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2011
Healthcare Sector Drives U.S. Job Growth
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2011
CA medical board fails to discipline 710 troubled docs
The Los Angeles Times, August 10, 2011

Webcasts/Rounds

August 16: Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

Sept 15: Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality

Sept 16: Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

Sept 22: Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates


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