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The Beautiful People
Rick Johnson, Senior Editor

About a week before I left for Philadelphia to attend the Medical Group Management Association's big conference, a magazine called Travel + Leisure released the results of a survey aimed at rating America's favorite cities. That San Francisco won the top spot received much less attention from news outlets than how Philadelphia rated in just one element of the survey. Participants of the poll pegged the City of Brotherly Love dead last among 25 major cities for the attractiveness of Philadelphia's people. [Read More]
  November 1, 2007

Editor's Picks
Doctor roils colleagues
You might have heard of Barry Schifrin, MD, an obstetrician who is also a malpractice consultant. This Wall Street Journal story outlines a conflict between Schifrin and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which censured Schifrin in 2004. [Read More]
Pennsylvania's malpractice crisis is over
The governor of Pennsylvania declared his state has overcome its medical-malpractice crisis. The state has been working on malpractice reforms for some time, which have led to fewer lawsuits, lower payouts, and lower insurance rates for doctors. The state still does not have a cap for malpractice awards, and Gov. Edward Rendell suggested they might not be needed. [Read More]
Mass. doctors say they need apology protection
Here in the Bay State, the Massachusetts Medical Society says laws should be created to provide doctors the cover they need to apologize for medical errors. On the one hand, patient safety advocates have been pushing doctors to say they're sorry for medical errors; on the other hand, defense attorneys tell physicians not to say a word about potential malpractice cases. [Read More]
MGMA survey: costs rise faster than revenue
The Medical Group Management Association just released its annual cost survey. This article on MGMA's Web site says that as a whole, single- and multi-specialty practices are dealing with operating costs that are outpacing revenue. When I was at the annual conference earlier this week, William Jessee, MD, expressed concern that this situation could become an access-to-care issue. [Read More]
Business Rx
Hospitals Still Searching for On-Call Pay Solutions
From Physician Compensation Report: Most hospitals no longer ask themselves whether they should compensate specialists for providing call coverage--instead they ask how to structure pay and how much to offer. Although executives are beginning to grasp the answers to these questions for a handful of specialties, overall most facilities are still struggling to find the balance between the hospital's budgetary constraints and physicians' desires to be paid for working the emergency department. [Read More]
Physician News
United States makes new push on e-health records
AP/Yahoo News - November 1, 2007
Cigna reaches deal on doctors' rankings
AP/Yahoo News - November 1, 2007
Influx of medical students creates concern
Houston Chronicle - November 1, 2007
Massachusetts Web site to promote consumer-driven healthcare
Boston Business Journal - November 1, 2007
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Will There Be Enough Doctors?
HealthLeaders October 2007 With a multitude of baby boom physicians nearing retirement and an aging U.S. population needing ever more care, how bad will the physician shortage really get-and what can you do about it? [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]
Audio Feature

Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego, CA, shares a story about how his senior team collaborated with the medical staff to come to terms on payments for emergency room call coverage.
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