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A Wise Investment
Rick Johnson, Senior Editor

With the downward pressure of reimbursement cuts and the continual need to reinvest in technology, a medical group nowadays has plenty of excuses to slash expenses. But for Radiological Associates of Sacramento Medical Group, investing in employee programs was part of a long-term organizational strategy. The 2007 Medical Group winner of HealthLeaders Media's Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare, their program consists of 750 employees and more than 70 physicians spread out over 15 diagnostic and nuclear imaging centers and seven radiation oncology offices. [Read More]
  September 27, 2007

Editor's Picks
A researcher's uphill battle
The word innovator gets thrown around a lot, but this Wall Street Journal article details the impediments that Donald G. Stein overcame in his 40-plus-years of brain repair research. Undeterred by a medical establishment that believed human brains cannot regenerate, Stein finally got his chance with an NIH grant in 1999 to test the effects of progesterone on head injury patients. (Subscription required to view full article.) [Read More]
The ballad of a rural physician
Recruiting physicians to rural areas is challenging at best, and International Falls, MN, was no exception. My HealthLeaders Media colleague, Carrie Vaughan, wrote this story about how The Duluth Clinic International Falls partnered with the community to develop a creative recruitment strategy. The unlikely PR campaign resulted in an International Falls physician recruitment song by Garrison Keillor, which aired in April 2007 on NPR's Prairie Home Companion. [Read More]
Variation in clinical IT adoption
Despite common opinion that clinical IT has the potential to improve coordination of care and quality, a new study says physician access remains uneven across specialties. The survey of 6,600 physicians found that surgeons were the least likely to have access to five activities associated with an EMR, according to the Center for Studying Health System Change. And be sure to check out this week's audio feature in which my colleague Gary Baldwin discusses physician misgivings about EMR technology with Bruce Landes, president and CEO of Southwest Physician Associates in Dallas. [Read More]
The doctor will e-mail you now
A while back I wrote about how handy it was that I communicate electronically with my PCP. This story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer points out how these tools can enhance patient satisfaction and save busy physicians time. [Read More]
Business Rx
Transparency: It's about the customers
From Healthcare Strategic Management: Few days go by without another news report about one of the 50 states requiring its hospitals to post quality, cost, or patient satisfaction data online. Hospital executives are busily working to figure out a way to provide patients with the data they're demanding to make healthcare decisions. And fueled by the rise in consumer-directed health plans, the transparency movement is one that's here to stay. [Read More]
Physician News
Maryland task force begins study on doctors' pay
Baltimore Sun - September 21, 2007
Retro medicine: Doctors making house calls (for a price)
New York Times - September 23, 2007
Ohio physicians write their Rx for healthcare reform
Business First of Columbus - September 20, 2007
Medical Marts' retail clinics putting doctors inside stores
Chicago Tribune - September 20, 2007
From HealthLeaders Magazine
EMR Pushback
HealthLeaders September 2007 Electronic medical record systems promise a long list of benefits, but most physician practices remain unconvinced. Can clinical IT proponents entice physicians to retire their paper charts for good? [Read More]
PhysicianLeaders Forum

QUEST: Toward a New Healthcare Paradigm: Despite a steady stream of impressive initiatives aimed at improving quality, the U.S. healthcare system is still badly in need of transformation. The key to that transformation lies in looking at healthcare delivery in an entirely different way, says contributor Richard A. Norling. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Bruce Landes, president and CEO of Southwest Physician Associates in Dallas, discusses why so many physicians have misgivings about EMR technology.
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