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Rick Johnson, Senior Editor

Some physicians loath administrative responsibilities and seek to practice medicine unburdened by bureaucracy. But others view leadership positions as a calling to bring the experience and point-of-view of the medical practitioner into administration. Moreover, placing doctors in leadership roles appears to create a culture in which patient-centered-care is more than just a rallying cry, but is embodied in the actions of the organization's members. Perhaps it is a chief reason why some hospitals are now working to adopt the Mayo Clinic model in which physician leaders head-up service lines. [Read More]
  November 15, 2007

Editor's Picks
Group separates patient care, administration
St. John's Mercy Medical Group in St. Louis will undergo major changes once it implements its EMR system--the group plans to remove everything except direct patient care from its 66 offices. Employees handling bulling and scheduling will be moved to centralized centers at other locations, in an attempt to improve efficiency and increase physician-patient interaction. [Read More]
Practices snap photos to prevent identity theft
This article in the Raleigh News & Observer highlights recent efforts by North Carolina physicians to reduce medical identify theft by storing photos of patients in a permanent electronic file. The safety measure is being pushed by insurance companies concerned about a black market for medical records. [Read More]
Health alliance buys Cincinnati's largest physician group
I have seen quite a few reports of independent practices merging or joining larger healthcare networks lately, and given some of the financial pressures on practices, I expect to see more in the future. This article in the Cincinnati Enquirer highlights the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati's recent purchase of the regions largest independent physician group. [Read More]
Physician IT adoption lags
Physicians haven't shown much progress in EMR adoption in the last year, according to a study by the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Policy. Financial barriers, cited by 69 percent of respondents, continue to be the main obstacle to adoption. The results were presented at the annual meeting of the American Health Information Community and prompted members to call for stronger government incentives for IT implementation. [Read More]
Happy Thanksgiving!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, Happy Thanksgiving. PhysicianLeaders will take next week off, but will return with a new issue November 29.
Business Rx
Demand for Physician Executives Boosts Compensation
Compensation is growing twice as fast for rural physician executives as for their urban and suburban counterparts, according to results from the 2007 Physician Executive Compensation Survey conducted by the American College of Physician Executives and Cejka Search. [Read More]
Physician News
Illinois judge rules malpractice caps are unconstitutional
Chicago Tribune - November 15, 2007
Major players catch a case of quick-clinic fever
Minneapolis Star Tribune - November 15, 2007
Automated test results boost patient satisfaction, survey shows
Healthcare IT News - November 15, 2007
Aetna reaches pact on system rating doctors
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - November 15, 2007
From HealthLeaders Magazine
20 People Who Make Healthcare Better
HealthLeaders November 2007 Who is finding innovative solutions to healthcare's myriad problems? Who is showing courage in the face of daunting challenges? In short, who is genuinely making a difference? The HealthLeaders 20 offers a snapshot of people from multiple corners of the industry who have made healthcare better in ways both large and small. [Read More]
PhysicianLeaders Forum

For Doctors Entering the Business World--Listen Up! Contributor L. Craig Miller, MD, offers advice to doctors who are making the leap from medicine into the business world, and tells them what they can expect. [Read More]
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