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Physicians, Academics Clash Over Stents

Joe Cantlupe

After decades of acceptance, cardiac stenting is at the center of heated discussions, as federal investigators probe HCA, where physicians performed some 1,200 allegedly unnecessary procedures. >>>


Editor's Picks

OPPS Comments Focus on Observation Status

Many hospitals, physicians, and physician groups believe that every day spent under observation should count toward the three-day minimum stay required for post-acute care coverage under Medicare, public comments show. >>>

Halt Interventional Radiology Turf Wars

As interventional radiologists move into other physicians' territory, some hospitals have launched cooperative vascular programs involving vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, and interventional cardiologists. Experts say team approaches are crucial for improved outcomes and more efficiencies of care. >>>

HCA Coding Methods Invigorate Profits. This is Bad?

HCA got smart about how to better manage its emergency department and to better document the work its clinicians are doing on patients. On its face, what's wrong with that? >>>

Informed Decision Tools Largely Reduce Ortho Joint Surgeries

Doctors whose patients used decision tools prior to certain knee and hip surgeries saw a large downward shift in rates of surgery and costs of care, says the principal investigator of a study of the tools' impact. >>>

How One Hospital Works to Win Over Patients

While Stony Brook University Medical Center in NY has won awards for clinical work, it is among many high-achieving clinical facilities trying to improve patient satisfaction and raise its HCAHPS scores. >>>

10 Healthcare IT Predictions

On patient data, EMR vendor staffing, repersonalization, videoconferencing gear, identity management, alert fatigue, patient adherence, Big Data, peer-to-peer training, and the precedence of people over technology. >>>


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News Headlines

Docs, nurses may overestimate quality of their care

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, September 6, 2012

Opinion: Orszag on healthcare goal

Bloomberg, September 6, 2012

MA physician group leaves Partners to link up with Steward Health Care

The Boston Globe, September 6, 2012

Medicare reimbursement incentive less than effective

Reuters, September 5, 2012

Lawmakers allow two CA hospitals to expand cardiac procedures to outpatient buildings

Los Angeles Times, September 5, 2012

For physicians and patients, time is the best medicine

The Boston Globe, September 5, 2012

Not all doctors want hand-washing reminders

Reuters, September 5, 2012

Retirees may find fewer doctors in rural areas

The Columbus Dispatch / Associated Press, September 4, 2012

MA hospitals and doctor group to create state's only member-owned health plan

The Boston Globe, September 4, 2012

Some late-day surgeries as safe as earlier ones

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, September 4, 2012

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