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Wednesday, September 26, 2012


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6 in 10 Physicians Would Quit Today

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2012

Downbeat survey results show widespread discontent among doctors, who are are choosing to work less and see fewer patients. If the trend continues, it is expected to amount to 44,250 full-time equivalents lost from the physician workforce over the next four years.

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Antibiotic Use, Costs Show Wide Regional Variations

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2012

A report finds large differences in antibiotic prescribing practices in outpatient settings by state and by region, with the highest rates found in the South. The variation may be explained, in part, by the efforts of health plans to reduce the use of antibiotics without indication.

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Physicians' Stance on Nurse Practitioners is Dangerous

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 25, 2012

By saying that 'substituting NPs for doctors cannot be the answer' to the nation's primary care shortage, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests that there are two classes of care. And therein lies the danger to our system of healthcare.

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Healthcare IT Leadership Requires a Thick Skin

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, September 25, 2012

Contrast the bright, shiny promises of healthcare IT vendors with the brutal, unforgiving punishment of making wrong choices in IT program selection, training, budgeting, and deployment. The CIO job may feel a bit like running the gauntlet.

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Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment—Integration over Independence

By: September 10, 2012

Nearly 70% of healthcare leaders anticipate the number of employed physicians to grow by more than 5% over next three years. Learn how healthcare leaders are ensuring alignment as the shift from independent to employed physicians accelerates. This original research and analysis, produced with support from MedSynergies, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Gadsden Riverview Regional Medical Center, and Vanguard Health Chicago.

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Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for Total Health

By: September 10, 2012

Date: Oct. 16, 2012, 12:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)

Kaiser Permanente leaders explore how they successfully leverage information technology, social media, and community-based health programs to empower people to improve their own health. Get real-world solutions, including how to use web tools and social media to create effective linkages between physicians and members; create community outreach programs; and understand the higher role of HIT in coordinating care.

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