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Oncologist Blazes Trail Toward Bundling

Jacqueline Fellows

The head of a multi-physician oncology practice and patient-centered medical home explains how his practice is "capable of signing any payment methodology that any payer could dream up." >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Medical Errors Draw $770,000 in Fines in CA

California has issued its latest round of administrative penalties to 13 hospitals where patients have been subject to serious injury or death as a result of regulatory noncompliance. >>>

Hospitals Welcome Two-Midnight Rule Delay

Providers are pleased that CMS is delaying enforcement of new guidelines governing Medicare reimbursements for short-term hospital stays, but they insist the new rule is flawed and say they will continue to oppose it. >>>

5 Critical Care Practices Come Under Scrutiny

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has released a list of five common critical care practices that it says clinicians should reconsider. The practices persist only "because we're covering our butts," insists one nursing leader. >>>

Hospitals Look at Retail Pharmacies With Renewed Interest

It's more than convenience: An integrated retail pharmacy provides hospitals with opportunities to boost patient satisfaction and lower readmission rates while producing modest revenue. >>>

Physician Wait Times Vary Sharply Among Major US Markets

Physician appointment wait times tracked in a Merritt Hawkins survey varied from one day to more than eight months. The average wait in all metro areas and specialties is 19 days. Boston has the longest waits (45 days); Dallas had the shortest (10). >>>

ICD-10 Prep Timing is Crucial

Providers are waking up to the need for ICD-10 education, but "one of worst mistakes [they] could make would be to get the training too early in the year," says one expert. >>>

Surgeon Uses Video Games to Sharpen Laparoscopic Skills

Meet the surgeon who established the world's first video game warm up suite for surgeons. James "Butch" Rosser, MD, has found through his research that surgeons who play video games are more efficient and make fewer mistakes in minimally invasive surgery. >>>



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Webcast: Hospitals Developing Health Plans: Key Steps to Becoming a Provider-Payer

Presented on: Friday, March 28, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET Join hospital leaders as they outline the strategic transition from provider to payer, and new opportunities for controlling costs, managing risk, and maximizing reimbursements. Register Today >>>



News Headlines

NY doctors charged in drug scheme at clinic controlled by traffickers, authorities say

The New York Times, February 6, 2014

Obamacare enrollees hit snags at doctor's offices

Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2014

Florida Blue and Memorial Healthcare form new ACO

The Miami Herald, February 6, 2014

Health law could mean fewer full-time workers, CBO says

USA Today, February 5, 2014

Patient coordination would get boost if Medicare changes how it pays docs

Kaiser Health News / St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 5, 2014

UMC labor contract is rejected over issue of longevity pay

Las Vegas Sun, February 5, 2014

MRSA super bug tamed at Louisville VA hospital; others urged to follow example

The Courier-Journal, February 4, 2014

Patients may now get lab results without a doctor's help

USA Today, February 4, 2014

New report directs blame in SF hospital patient's stairwell death

Los Angeles Times, February 4, 2014

'Great surgeons' who bully med students put us all at risk

Business Insider, January 31, 2014



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Webcast: Orthopedics Service Line Success—Physician Engagement, Efficiency, and Quality

Date: February 27, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Orthopedic leaders from PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Stryker offer evidence-based strategies for improving orthopedic efficiency, quality, and performance while also increasing collaboration, cost savings, and market share within the service line. Register Today   >>>




From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2013

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 a difference in healthcare. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>

 

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