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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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Citing SGR Cuts, Physicians Mull Dropping Medicare Patients

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2010

Two of three medical practices surveyed say they will either limit the number of new Medicare patients they accept or stop seeing Medicare patients altogether if Congress does not block  reimbursement cuts stemming from the sustainable growth rate formula.

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Hospitals' Data Sharing Improves Surgical Care

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2010

Hospitals that have been given incentives to collaborate with one another can significantly reduce surgical complications, according to a study. Hospitals that did collaborate with data analysis did not find any measurable reduction.

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Diabetic Population to Double or Triple by 2050

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2010

One in 10 U.S. adults has diabetes now, but as many as one in three adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis shows.

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Johns Hopkins Center Focuses on Child Constipation

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2010

The multidisciplinary clinic emphasizes early and aggressive treatment as the condition can diminish a child's quality of life and have lifelong complications, resulting in more serious medical conditions in adulthood.

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OSHA Training Tips for Resistant Physicians

By: David LaHoda, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2010

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not exempt any employee, including a physician, who is exposed to bloodborne pathogens from the initial and annual training requirements of the standard, though most physicians who own their own practice believe they are exempt. Here are some guidelines for helping docs warm up to the idea of training.

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Intelligence Report: Patient Experience - Help Wanted

By: October 15, 2010

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.

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Medical Inflation on Intercept Trajectory With Wage Earners

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 25, 2010

Imagine a chart with two lines drawn on it. The top line, holding horizontal with tiny annual increases, is the average income for Americans. The bottom line, rocketing upward like a surface-to-air missile on an intercept course, is the rising cost of healthcare. How long before those two lines collide?

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No End In Sight to Rising Healthcare Costs

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, October 25, 2010

Providers say they're working to decrease healthcare costs, but the bills keep mounting. There are more than a few culprits here: the economy, hospitals, insurers, employers, even physicians. High-deductible health plans aren't the answer; people don't shop around for bargains when they're sick. It all adds up to a dim financial future for patients and providers.

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