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Fiscal Fix Needed for Physician Training

Joe Cantlupe

The Association of American Medical Colleges is worried about potential funding cutbacks that could upset physician training programs and result in increased physician shortages in the decade ahead. >>>


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Medical Practice Costs Creep Higher

An MGMA-ACMPE report finds a "64% increase in total operating costs for multi-specialty practices" since 2001. In comparison, 2011 shows a modest 1.27% increase from 2010 for physician-owned practices. >>>

Higher Readmission Penalties Linked to Low HCAHPS Scores

Hospitals that score the lowest on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems surveys are most likely to be penalized the maximum 1% of their Medicare DRG payments, analysis finds. >>>

Is Technology Perpetuating Medicare Fraud?

The allegations by 60 Minutes that technology facilitated Medicare fraud at HMA raise sticky issues. Regulators vow to investigate, but a new set of government rules would be cumbersome, costly, and perhaps ineffective. >>>

How to Train Physicians on Patient Experience

All doctors—young or old, personable or grumpy—can be taught to more effectively communicate with patients and improve their hospital experience. And they must be, now that low patient experience scores can be tied to financial penalties. >>>

CMS Bundled Payment Changes Untenable?

Recent changes by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to its Bundled Payment Care Improvement Initiative could make pursuing its model untenable and even cause some applicants to drop out of the program, says a reviewer of bundled payment applications. Is that really an option? >>>

Healthcare Exec Compensation Models Play Catch-up

While physician compensation models have begun transitioning from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance, healthcare executive compensation structures have yet to make a similar shift. But that change is under way. >>>


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News Headlines

Medicare silver bullets: What's the best way to control costs?

Kaiser Health News, December 13, 2012

OH announces coordinated Medicare, Medicaid plan initiative

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 13, 2012

Uninformed patients tend to have more invasive surgeries

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 13, 2012

Feds probe brain operations at CA hospital

San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press, December 12, 2012

OH hospital to resume kidney transplants

Star Tribune / Associated Press, December 12, 2012

Q&A: One Medical CMO on membership-model medicine

The Boston Globe, December 12, 2012

Despite success, demand low for hand transplants

The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 11, 2012

As docs grow older, hospitals begin requiring proof they're still fit

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, December 11, 2012

Cedars-Sinai says heart surgeon infected patients

Silicon Valley Mercury News / Associated Press, December 10, 2012

Doctor gets 20 years in MS cancer center fraud

The Mississippi Press / Associated Press, December 10, 2012

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