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Physicians Extend Their Reach Beyond the Office

Joe Cantlupe

Kaiser Permanente's "total health" program has prompted its physicians to change patients' behaviors—and their own—by interacting in the community and online. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Disruptive Remedies for the Physician Shortage

Extended roles for non-physicians is a direction toward which many hospitals and health systems are moving. Such efforts, if successful, might bring much-needed nuance into the discussion of the physician shortage, including disruptions in the types of physicians needed in the future. >>>

MGMA: Payment Uncertainty Dampens Physician Spending

At the Medical Group Management Association conference in Texas, one concern is common—the "fiscal instability" created by what officials call a "decade" of Congressional reprieves from sustainable growth rate formula cuts. >>>

SGR Repeal Plea Backed by 110 Physician Groups

In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, scores of physician groups plead for repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula, which would cut doctors' Medicare pay by 27%. >>>

Healthcare Collaboration Strategies Gaining Ground

In "collaboratories" designed to improve care for all patients, regardless of which health system renders care, providers learn what saves lives and lowers costs by being transparent about procedural sequences as well as results. >>>

OIG Issues EHR Fraud Survey

Hospitals that have attained meaningful use status have only a few days to respond to an Office of Inspector General survey probing their electronic health record system data entry habits, security practices, and more. >>>

Preventable Error Reporting Hindered by Fear of Reprisal

"As attention to creating a culture of safety in healthcare organizations has increased, so have concomitant reports of retaliation and intimidation targeting staff who voice concern about... deficiencies," says a federal report >>>



Intelligence Report

Cost Containment—Targeting Cuts, Enhancing Efficiency and Using IT

89% of healthcare executives lack the integrated clinical and financial data they need to target cost savings. Healthcare leaders who have cut millions in costs reveal how to improve efficiency through process improvements and targeted cuts based on hard data. This original research and analysis, offers key insight from leading organizations, including new case studies from Beaumont Health System, Pocono Health System, and Southwest General Health Center.

 



News Headlines

OIG work plan will examine physician practice billing

Bloomberg, October 25, 2012

CBO director: Health law will hurt innovation, ration care

The Hill, October 25, 2012

Feds take critical look at meaningful use payments

InformationWeek, October 25, 2012

Aurora-Anthem plan seeks exclusivity, promises savings

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 25, 2012

Healthgrades Revs its Hospital Scoring System

HealthLeaders Media, October 24, 2012

Reducing Alarm Fatigue: A Modest Plan

HealthLeaders Media, October 24, 2012

78 West Penn doctors ask for new management team

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 24, 2012

Settlement eases rules for some Medicare patients

The New York Times, October 23, 2012

Doctor shortage spreading in US presaged in Las Vegas

Bloomberg, October 23, 2012

Health costs: How the US compares with other countries

The PBS NewsHour, October 23, 2012



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Placing Your Bets

Value-based care is here and standing pat is not a viable option. Yet healthcare leaders face substantial risks for generations to come as they develop new businesses and clinical relationships to gain tighter control of the care continuum. >>>

 

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