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Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments Begin

Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments Begin

"More than 50% of eligible professionals will face penalties under the Meaningful Use program in 2015, a number that is even worse than we anticipated," says the AMA's president-elect.

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HL20: Sam Foote, MD—The Courage to Speak Up

Sam Foote, MD, found himself at the center of a national scandal in 2014 after he blew the whistle on scheduling delays and other irregularities at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, where he'd worked for more than 20 years. The internist's tip sparked months of investigations, which he says, uncovered a pattern of "cheating [at VA facilities] all over the country."

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HL20: Derek Angus, MD—An Intense Focus on Care

Working in North Vietnam with Doctors without Borders prompted Derek C. Angus, MD, MPH, to think about how acute care systems respond to crisis. Now at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he is chair of the department of critical care medicine, Angus says, "I'm always thinking about the marriage between the care for the critically ill and the 50,000-foot public health view."

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HL20: Otis Brawley, MD—Speaking Truth to Healthcare Powers

Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, has no fear of acting as a lightning rod in the ongoing storm of healthcare reform. As a leader in the field of health disparities research and co-author of a scathing book on the topic, Brawley sees the growing costs of US healthcare as a recipe for economic calamity that needs to be changed.

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Slideshow: Patient Experience Transformation—Engaged Patients, Measurable Standards

This HealthLeaders Media intelligence report identifies the top areas where healthcare leaders are investing their patient experience dollars and offers examples of changes instituted by Mountain States Health Alliance and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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