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Physician Payment Reform Gets Serious

Joe Cantlupe

The newly formed National Commission on Physician Payment Reform boasts a former Senate leader and physician as honorary chairman and will study various physician reimbursement options. But don't hold your breath for an SGR fix. >>>


Editor's Picks

Resolving the Disrespect Disconnect

Smooth working relationships among nurses and physicians are seen as vital to increasing value in healthcare delivery, but there remains a vast divide in the perception of how doctors treat nurses. Improvements in care coordination may help. >>>

Most C. Diff Infections Start in Healthcare Facilities

Half of hospitalized patients treated for Clostridium difficileillness present already infected, and most cases are seen in patients with recent exposure to medical facilities such as outpatient surgery clinics and doctors' offices, a federal study shows. >>>

CMS Plan to Restrict Sale of Pain Drugs Opposed by AMA

A federal plan calling for Medicare Advantage Part D sponsors to deny potentially unsafe pain drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone is drawing objection from the American Medical Association. >>>

CMS Proposes 10-Year Review for Provider Overpayments

Extending responsibility for Medicare overpayments through a 10-year "lookback period" would cost providers as much as $58 million in additional reporting-related expenses each year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says. >>>

Impact Analysis Report

The Next Phase of Cost Control

This third report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange provides insight on cost containment from leaders at Banner Health, Wellmont Health System, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health Services, and Trinity Regional Health System. Eighteen percent cite "no culture of being cost-conscious" as their greatest organizational challenge to cost reduction. >>>

News Headlines

Disciplined CT doctors still get drug company cash

Hartford Courant, March 8, 2012

Book excerpt: The Best Care Possible

The Atlantic, March 8, 2012

America is stealing the world's doctors

The New York Times, March 7, 2012

Doctors' pay rises with new patients

The Boston Globe, March 7, 2012

Murder charges against CA doc seen as warning

The Miami Herald, March 7, 2012

Providers Lag Behind Payers, Pharma on Data Exchange

HealthLeaders Media, March 6, 2012

Digital records may not cut health costs, study cautions

The New York Times, March 6, 2012

Physician assistant wins $168M in harassment suit (CA)

Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2012

Cardiologist seeks trial in St. Joseph Medical Center suit

The Baltimore Sun, March 5, 2012

Cleveland Clinic expanding EMRs with diagnostic test images

The Plain Dealer, March 5, 2012

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Putting Data in Nurses' Hands

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