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News Roundup: SGR's Days Are Numbered; Drug Shortage Persists

Jacqueline Fellows

The end of the sustainable growth rate formula is finally in sight, but the nation's primary care shortage and persistent drug shortage also made headlines this week. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Congress Cuts Bipartisan Deal to Scrap SGR

Seeking to avert a cut in Medicare's physician payment rate set for April 1, lawmakers in the House and Senate have embraced a pact that would replace the sustainable growth rate formula with a payment system that includes a small rate increase for doctors. >>>

$128B SGR Repeal Deal Needs a Payment Plan

Congress has forged a long-awaited deal to push Medicare's payment system for physicians to a value-based model. But lawmakers have only seven weeks to agree on how to pay for it. >>>

Physicians Push for Say in Value-Based Payments Structure

The American Medical Association is backing an effort in Congress to push Medicare toward a value-based reimbursement system, but doctors are demanding a seat at the table when rules are set for transparency and assessing providers' performance. >>>

Demand for Physician Assistants Intensifies

The rise in demand for PA's can be attributed to growing interest from large integrated health systems, retail clinics, health centers, and concierge physician practices, says one healthcare recruiter. >>>

Strategies for Safer Hospital Medicine Also Cut Costs

New doctors are turning the tables on seasoned physician leaders by introducing strategies to improve quality by curtailing opportunities for medical error and harm. They're also saving hospitals millions in unnecessary spending. >>>

Hospital Engagement Networks Lauded for Lessening Hospital Harm, Costs

Hospitals participating in HENs have "decreased central line infections by more than 45%" in the last two years, says CMS. The largest coalition, operated by the American Hospital Association, says it has saved $201 million. >>>

ECRI Cautions Hospitals About Tech Hype

Independent research from the non-profit ECRI Institute aims to distinguish between must-have hospital technologies and manufacturer hype. >>>



Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Healthcare Analytics—The New Business Currency

Providers must master data analytics to succeed in the new world of healthcare. This report explores the gains and gaps in this race to the future. Free Download >>>



News Headlines

Hospitals' dialysis plan is under new scrutiny

The New York Times, February 13, 2014

Baptist Health CEO: Psych beds being cut in national trend because they're unprofitable

The Florida Times-Union, February 13, 2014

Do doctors need EHR 'scribes'?

InformationWeek, February 13, 2014

Vast study casts doubts on value of mammograms

The New York Times, February 12, 2014

Telemedicine bolsters ICU care in rural Maryland hospitals

Kaiser Health News / The Baltimore Sun, February 12, 2014

Prescription drug database gets first-round approval in MO House

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 12, 2014

Hospitals push back on proposal to extend cuts

The Hill, February 11, 2014

Shortages of critical drugs continue to vex doctors

The New York Times, February 11, 2014

NC hospital apologizes for exposure to disease

SFGate.com / Associated Press, February 11, 2014

Meet the man set to take on 1 million Dallas patients (and what he plans to do)

The Dallas Morning News, February 10, 2014



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