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Must CMOs Always Be Licensed Physicians?

Joe Cantlupe

While some hospitals prize training in medical management, operational vision, and leadership ability over clinical skills, the American Medical Association and others maintain that a licensed physician should be chief medical officer. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

'Informed Decision' May Irk Surgeons as it Cuts Costs, Improves Quality

The notion of an informed shared medical decision made by patients advised by primary care physicians and others could hurt fee-for-service specialists' and hospitals' revenue by reducing volume. But it could greatly improve quality of care and the health of the healthcare dollar. >>>

Humana, FL Physicians Group Bundle Radiation Services

Health insurer Humana has contracted with a large Florida-based oncology group in what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind effort to bundle payments for radiation therapy services. Under the plan, doctors will provide a defined set of treatments and procedures for a fixed price. >>>

CA Nurses Sound Alarm Over Epic EMR System

Two nurses have approached the governing body of a California hospital with concerns about patient safety. The move stems from an incident in which one nurse claims that the facility's EpicCare EMR system's dosage recommendation for a heart medication "could have killed" a patient. >>>

Transfusion Refusal Poses No Risk in Cardiac Patients

Patients who refused blood transfusions on religious grounds and instead received pre-operative blood conservation measures before undergoing cardiac surgery did not have more complications than patients who did receive transfusions, a report finds. >>>

Striving for Meaningful Use Stage 2

Are meaningful use requirements too specific or too vague? On target or wide of the mark? It depends on who you ask. Some attestations have been fairly easily won, as institutions that have built their EMRs for years fine-tune them to meaningful use requirements. Others are dramatic come-from-behind affairs. >>>

More Trauma Care Spending Doesn't Raise Survival Rates

Researchers find that the cost of treating trauma patients in the western United States is 33% higher than the cost of treating similarly injured patients in the Northeast. But the reasons for the price variance are not well understood, and "spending more doesn't always mean saving more lives," says the study's leader. >>>

Sentinel Alert on Opioids Spotlights Provider Misuse

Unintentional respiratory depression due to incorrect use of opioids in hospitals occurs in .5% of patients after surgery, according to a Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert highlighting lack of providers' knowledge about potency differences and other risks. >>>

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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

Medical device integration software surges in hospitals

InformationWeek, August 16, 2012

CIOs must walk fine line between doctor access and patient privacy

The Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2012

MS official calls for restriction of some pain meds

The Clarion-Ledger, August 16, 2012

Having a resident in on surgery is safe, study says

Reuters, August 15, 2012

New MA law changes malpractice procedures

The Boston Globe / Associated Press, August 15, 2012

Doctors fail to review tests before hospital discharge

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 14, 2012

Opinion: Systemic change to breed the doctors we need

The Atlantic, August 14, 2012

Highmark working to reverse flight of doctors

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 13, 2012

Doctors target gun violence as a social disease

Miami Herald / Associated Press, August 13, 2012

Humble pager remains a lifesaver

HeraldNet, August 13, 2012



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