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Doctors Caught Between Patient Pain, Prescriptions

Joe Cantlupe

Physicians are confronting states' tightening treatment requirements, while the federal government weighs the possibility of mandatory educational plans for doctors to deal with the "epidemic" of prescription drug abuse, particularly opioids. Not all doctors are happy about it. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Slideshow: 3 Hospital Rankings Compared

See how top hospitals measure up across three ratings systems. We compare hospital safety scores from the Leapfrog Group and Consumer Reports alongside the overall rankings of U.S. News & World Report's 17 top-rated hospitals. >>>

Hospitals Could Save $9 Billion Under EFT Rules

Interim final rules governing the use of healthcare electronic fund transfer standards and electronic remittance advice operating rules are projected to save providers billions of dollars in administrative costs over 10 years, says the Department of Health and Human Services. >>>

Imaging Rates Scrutinized; Conclusions Mixed

One study finds that the use of imaging tests for certain late-stage cancer patients is climbing steadily despite limited proof of benefit. Another finds rates have slowed among Medicare recipients. And a third finds that overall advanced imaging by providers in integrated healthcare systems has increased significantly. >>>

Hospitals Opting for Palliative Care

Palliative care programs, which require a low start-up investment and offer promising ROI, have increased 125% over the past decade. But this facet of patient-centered care is among the least understood service lines, not only among patients, but also among hospital staff. >>>

Telemedicine Starts with the Doctor's Voice

Sometimes, the most basic tools are all you need to get the job done. One physician explains how all he really needs to deliver primary care to his patients is his training, his experience, a telephone, and a Web browser. >>>

Give CMOs the Tools for Success

An experienced CMO opens up about the challenges of navigating the narrow channel between the clinical and the financial. One thing is for certain: success is impossible without the backing of a strong CEO. >>>



LIVE Webcast

Marketing & Metrics—The Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Way

Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

 

Can you prove the value of your marketing efforts to your organization's bottom line? Learn how marketing leaders from Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Services capture, track, and measure the impact of their marketing programs to demonstrate ROI and better support organizational business objectives. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access. >>>



News Headlines

Whistleblower lawsuit alleges Florida Hospital filed millions in false claims

Orlando Sentinel, August 9, 2012

To stent or not to stent, that is in question

ProPublica, August 9, 2012

Access to MA doctors improving slightly, survey says

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, August 9, 2012

MA med society chief: Reform means patients have to change, too

WBUR, August 9, 2012

Crowdfunded searches for medical miracles

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, August 9, 2012

Pfizer pays $60M to settle government allegations of bribing doctors overseas

The Washington Post, August 8, 2012

Dignity Health working to link independent physicians to health information exchange

Phoenix Business Journal, August 8, 2012

Hospital chain inquiry cited unnecessary cardiac work

The New York Times, August 7, 2012

One-third of doctors wouldn't take new Medicaid patients last year, study says

The Washington Post, August 7, 2012

Surveillance may help doctors decide to prescribe

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, August 7, 2012



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Multimedia/Events

Rounds: Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence—Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

Date: Sept. 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. PT

Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other. >>>



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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