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In Gun Debate, Physicians Edge Closer to Front Lines

Joe Cantlupe

In light of the mass shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, the American Medical Association's chief decries the country's mental health system and wants physicians to have the right to question patients about gun use in their homes. >>>

 

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How $7.7B Baylor, Scott & White Deal Might Affect Healthcare Costs

While the proposed merger improves the unified system's economies of scale, efficiencies, market share, and negotiating clout with payers, there are questions about whether or not the accelerating trend of hospital consolidations such as this are escalating healthcare costs for consumers. >>>

SGR Dangles Over Fiscal Cliff

Elimination of the sustainable growth rate formula is a negotiating point in Washington, but it's potential demise would not fully resolve physicians' fiscal problems. The government must also confront funding gaps that affect healthcare providers. >>>

Advanced Practitioners Key to Expanding Primary Care

With estimates of physician shortages climbing, primary care is where the healthcare jobs are. "It's really a seller's market for physician assistants right now," says the medical director of an urgent care center. >>>

Healthcare Workers Don't Always Practice What They Preach

A study finds such little variation in health practices between healthcare workers and non-healthcare workers, that one of its authors concludes, "healthcare workers are no better than anybody else," in most cases. >>>

Order Sets, Done Well

As adoption of electronic medical record systems and CPOE continues, an old debate heats up: How do providers strike a balance between standardizing order sets and customizing care for each patient? >>>

Cost Control Lies in Optimizing Use of Services

Focusing on reducing utilization of lab tests and other expensive healthcare services may hurt you now, but it prepares your organization for a financial future based on outcomes. >>>



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News Headlines

St. Peter officials accuse Mayo of deliberately limiting patients' right to choose

St. Peter Herald, December 20, 2012

Healthcare providers learn IT's value in patient care

InformationWeek, December 20, 2012

Obama's new fiscal cliff offer would repeal the 'doc-fix'

The Washington Post, December 19, 2012

Study: Shorter hospital stays don't mean worse care

The Baltimore Sun / Reuters, December 19, 2012

Doc under investigation, patients want records kept private

Orlando Sentinel, December 19, 2012

Opinion: 'Not one successful EHR system in whole world'

InformationWeek, December 18, 2012

Doctors' group calls for 'doc fix' in fiscal cliff bill

The Hill, December 18, 2012

As docs flock to hospitals, bills spike for patients

The Charlotte Observer, December 17, 2012

CA Healthcare crisis: not enough specialists for the poor

Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2012

Quiet doc, lavish insider: A parallel life

The New York Times, December 17, 2012



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20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better.Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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