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Palliative Care Deserves Physicians' Attention

Joe Cantlupe

Although not widely practiced, palliative care is becoming part of the discussion among healthcare leaders to improve care and trim costs. Yet too many physicians still do not endorse it—perhaps because they don't fully understand it. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals List Shifts Methodology

This year, the magazine's algorithm for determining hospital scores gives less weight to a facility's reputation and more weight to hospital data that is publicly available, such as information collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. >>>

Hospitals Reaping Financial Benefits of Telehealth

As legislators create state laws requiring payers to reimburse providers for telemedicine services, hospitals are viewing the move toward coordinated teleheath networks as a cost cutter and a competitive advantage. >>>

Low HCAHPS Scores at Safety Net Hospitals Examined

On nearly every measure of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey patient experience questionnaire, safety net hospitals scored 5.6 percentage points lower than their non-safety net counterparts, a review of survey responses shows. Researchers offer two explanations for the disparity. >>>

CDC Links Injection Practices to Hospitalizations

Despite aggressive federal campaigns to educate providers about proper needle and syringe use practices, a Centers for Disease Control report documents 10 patients who were  hospitalized for bacterial infections after being injected with fluids from single-dose vials. >>>

Physicians Weigh In on SGR Debate

Five physician group representatives added their voices to the sustainable growth rate debate at a Congressional roundtable about Medicare payments. But they were unable to offer a fix by January 2013, and reiterated that current plans for reimbursement cuts could put many physician practices and hospitals out of business. >>>

Goodbye, Physician Relations; Hello, Business Growth

When a Texas health system realized it needed to drive up volume in order to remain competitive, it looked to re-tool its physician relations strategy. If this model takes off, physician liaisons could soon be a thing of the past. >>>


Breakthroughs Report

The Promise of Healthcare Analytics
Healthcare is rich in data. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to make sense of the morass of clinical, financial, and operational information generated. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, four leading healthcare organizations—Brigham and Women's Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Charleston Area Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina—share insights and lessons learned. >>>


News Headlines

House Bill to Press for One-Year SGR Delay

HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2012

Opinion: Don't get sick in July

The New York Times, July 19, 2012

Medical groups to CMS: Slow down on dual eligibles

Politico, July 18, 2012

Look closer at claim global payments are improving care

WBUR, July 18, 2012

A cardiac model for resuscitating healthcare

The Atlantic, July 18, 2012

Opinion: Rational healthcare, not rationing

Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2012

Bariatric Surgery Fails to Shrink Healthcare Costs

HealthLeaders Media, July 17, 2012

Primary care especially unrewarding for women doctors

Forbes, July 17, 2012

ACOs' Real Test Will Come with Two-Sided Risk

HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2012

Nearly All Nursing Homes Fail Federal Rules on Anti-Psychotics
HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2012

 

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Multimedia/Events

Rounds: A Comprehensive Women's Health Service Line—Lessons from North Shore-LIJ

Date: August 9, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET
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From HealthLeaders Magazine

 

Refocus: Building the Best Physician Team

As hospitals move from a fee-for-service to value-based world, leaders are exploring how to create a physician team of generalists, specialists, and subspecialists to best meet the new needs of care.  >>>

 

Financial Benefits of Telehealth

 

The New ICD-10 Deadline



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