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Healthcare PACs Tilt Toward GOP

Joe Cantlupe

Almost 100 healthcare PACs have contributed nearly $9 million to congressional campaigns, with most of the funds going to Republicans—a trend contrary to previous years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based non-profit that tracks campaign spending. >>>


Editor's Picks

In Search of the Team Player

Often seen as self-styled Lone Rangers out to save healthcare with their clinical know-how, physicians must do a better job of overcoming turf wars and ego-driven barriers to improving patient outcomes. >>>

Bariatrics Gets its Own Quality Measures

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is creating a national database of quality measures so that all bariatric surgeons in the U.S. can see where they stand. >>>

Beacon Grants Boost HIT, Patient-Centered Care

Millions of dollars in federal grants are flowing to so-called Beacon Communities, intended to serve as pilots and role models for how health information technology can be used to improve healthcare quality and care coordination. >>>

Medicare Advantage Plans' Fraud Oversight Weak, Says OIG

A system-wide audit finds wide disparities in vigilance and reporting among privately run Medicare Advantage plans, and a report by the Office of Inspector General says the organizations "lack a common understanding of key fraud and abuse program terms." >>>

Book: The Complete Guide to Physician Relationships

Based on extensive research and an in-depth survey of nearly 200 physicians, The Complete Guide to Physician Relationships outlines exactly what information physicians want and how they want to receive it from healthcare leaders, peers, marketing executives, and physician relations representatives. Get the critical data that you need to succeed with your physician relations, referral, and communication efforts. >>>

NEW: Industry Survey 2012

Our fourth-annual Industry Survey features a new CEO report, an overall cross-sector report, and individual reports targeting Senior Leaders, Finance, Physicians, Nurses, Community & Rural Hospitals, and Service Lines. Take the pulse of the industry; download the reports now. >>>

News Headlines

Senate bill aims to train more doctors

Times Union, March 1, 2012

Pressure is on Senate after House kills IPAB

The Hill, March 1, 2012

Blue Shield seeks $10.5M in damages from CA doctor group

Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2012

Doctors, lawyers charged in U.S. auto insurer fraud

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, March 1, 2012

Opinion: Why doctors fire patients—The great vaccine debate

Chicago Tribune, March 1, 2012

7 Accused of $375M Medicare, Medicaid fraud

NPR / Associated Press, February 29, 2012

Jackson Health System to cut 1,115 jobs

Miami Herald, February 29, 2012

At-risk patients gain attention of health insurers

The New York Times, February 29, 2012

More Americans seeking dental treatment at the ER

USA Today, February 28, 2012

Why doctors die differently

The Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2012

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Webcast: Marketing to Overcome Physician Recruitment Hurdles

Date: March 30, 2012
About: Save time and money by targeting, recruiting, and retaining "best-fit" physician candidates using proven marketing tactics. Featuring three marketing and recruiting industry leaders from diverse regions, hospital sizes, and backgrounds, this webcast has a new format that allows you to pre-submit questions to our speakers to get the answers your organization needs. >>>

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Putting Data in Nurses' Hands

Nursing informatics is an emerging field, and organizations that have been aggressive about getting data into nurses' hands (and smartphones) have reaped the rewards. >>>


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