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Physicians' Ties to IMD Manufacturers Can Ratchet Up Costs

Joe Cantlupe

A General Accountability Office report shows that relationships between physicians and manufacturers of implantable medical devices may undermine the ability of hospitals to make prudent purchasing decisions. >>>


Editor's Picks

Alcohol Dependence Among Surgeons a 'Significant Problem'

Nearly 78% of surgeons who reported a medical error in the previous three months also reported having issues with alcohol abuse or dependence, shows a survey published in the Archives of Surgery . >>>

US Healthcare Costs Grew 5.28% in 2011

Healthcare costs easily outpaced the 3% growth in overall inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for 2011, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. One healthcare economist says costs are "trending back toward acceleration after a lull." >>>

ICD-10 Delay No License to Chill

This is not the time to put ICD-10 plans on the shelf. Rather, it is time to re-assess readiness, and as soon as possible, modify your plans to meet the government's forthcoming, revised compliance deadline. >>>

Congress OKs Doc Fix, Payroll Tax-Cut Extension

Congress has passed a legislative package that would delay massive Medicare reimbursement cuts for physicians for 10 months. The deadline to resolve the sustainable growth rate formula issue is now postponed until the end of 2012. >>>

Book: The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy

This comprehensive book dissects the integral components of ACOs from the view of physicians, providers, and payers and analyzes CMS's final regulations. Get the book that provides specifics on incorporating accountable care structure and strategy into your organization and enter the ACO era prepared and positioned to succeed. >>>

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ICD-10: Skating on Thin Margins

Don't let the ICD-10 delay derail your plans. Get exclusive, original ICD-10 research, analysis, and insights from top executives at NYU Langone Medical Center, Lakewood Health System, Southwest General Health Center, Frederick Regional Health System, and MemorialCare Health System. >>>

News Headlines

Justices allow docs to re-argue CA Medicaid case

Miami Herald, February 23, 2012

Suppliers linked to impure heparin

The Wall Street Journal, February 23, 2012

Is broadcasting heart procedures safe?

Reuters, February 23, 2012

Many mistakes found in newbie-doctors' resumes

Reuters, February 22, 2012

Help for the uninsured: Docs accept local currencies

CNNMoney, February 22, 2012

A push to train more primary-care doctors

Los Angeles Times, February 21, 2012

Meaningful Use Incentive Payouts Top $3B

HealthLeaders Media, February 17, 2012

$323M in MLR Rebates Expected in First Year

HealthLeaders Media, February 17, 2012

More doctors 'fire' vaccine refusers

The Wall Street Journal, February 17, 2012

The impact of the ACA in one map

The Washington Post, February 17, 2012

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