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Physicians Inch Toward Boiling Point

Joe Cantlupe

With as many as 60% of physicians itching to quit, it's time to address the chief factors pushing them toward the exits—malpractice concerns in an oppressive business climate, and lack of forceful group representation. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

How CBOs May Help Shrink Readmissions

Under a program outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, community-based organizations stand to receive federal funds to do in outpatient settings certain tasks that hospitals don't and can't—to help patients self-manage their care for 30 days post-discharge. >>>

Medicare Pay Cuts for Poor Readmission Scores Begin

Two provisions of the healthcare reform law will affect the way hospitals receive payment for care provided to Medicare patients. For some struggling hospitals, the change represents a significant financial chunk. >>>

Strategies for Securing Physician Talent

The CEO of a Kansas health center touts his board-approved progressive plan to give doctors flexibility and control over an eight-week paid time off policy. After comparing the total cost of coverage to paying locums' rates, he says, "We just can't afford not to do this." >>>

HIEs Essential in Fee-for-Value Era

Though preliminary results indicate health information exchanges can help healthcare organizations save money, there's still reluctance by some to share data. To realize the cost benefits, healthcare leaders must make a clinical and financial leap of faith and work with their competitors. >>>

Recovery Auditor Improper Payments Ratchet Up

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has once again corrected more improper payments than in the previous quarter, this time to the tune of $701.3 million. >>>

DRG 312 Reviews Put Providers 'In a Squeeze'

Under diagnosis-related group 312, providers in Ohio and Kentucky could potentially have their records requested by Medicare recovery audit contractors for a complex medical review. The CIGNA Government Services error rate for DRG 312 is 80 percent. >>>

Health Insurers Betting on Urgent Care Centers

As insurers seek ways to control the price point at the entry level of the healthcare system, health plans such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh are turning to developing urgent care center networks. >>>

Sharing Analytics Improves Outcomes, Revenue

The secret to successfully using business intelligence in a healthcare enterprise is to not only distribute the data to top leadership, but to all those in the organization with a need to know. >>>



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News Headlines

More MA doctors embracing new payment models

The Boston Globe, October 4, 2012

Investigation of woman's care at VA hospital mired in bureaucracy, confusing reports

The Washington Post / Associated Press, October 4, 2012

Exeter Hospital says it has nothing to hide in hepatitis C probe

New Hampshire Union Leader, October 4, 2012

Electronic medical billing may inflate payments

The Dartmouth, October 4, 2012

EHRs improve patient outcomes, aid targeted treatment

InformationWeek, October 4, 2012

TX urgent care clinics slam door on insurers

San Antonio Express-News, October 4, 2012

Opinion: The growing bipartisan support for health courts

Health Affairs, October 4, 2012

States moving ahead on defining 'essential' health benefits

Kaiser Health News, October 1, 2012

Medicare fines over hospitals' readmitted patients

Herald-Tribune / Associated Press, October 1, 2012

A looming US doctor shortage

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, October 1, 2012



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