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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Rick Johnson, Senior Editor

Just about everything I write gets posted on I never know who in the world is going to read my articles--or respond. Not long ago, I received an e-mail from a hospital CEO in Gurgaon, India, and I thought it was fascinating that this physician executive in another part of the world could relate to an article I wrote about trends in healthcare marketing. More recently, a reader commented on my photo in this newsletter, saying that I seemed to have an "unusual haircut." [Read More]
  August 23, 2007

Editor's Picks
The secrecy of physician discipline
The Herald takes a look at allegations against a Miami surgeon. The story touches on whether the public has a right to know the details of such charges. In addition, the story raises questions about the practice of hospitals recommending physicians with questionable performance. With the buzz around transparency these days, hospitals and physician leaders need to consider how they deal with discipline issues. [Read More]
Regulators, docs criticize insurer rankings
Insurers continue to push physician rankings, but doctors aren't the only ones pushing back. The New York Attorney General has demanded a full justification for ranking systems. If a ranking were based on quality of care, do you think the AG would come out so strongly? This Wall Street Journal report has broad implications as more insurers attempt to guide patients to preferred providers. (Subscription required.) [Read More]
Getting physical
As more patients seek doctor-approved fitness centers, hospitals are teaming with physicians to deliver these programs. These fitness centers offer more structure and interaction than your local gym--and are supervised by physicians who have offices right on site. What a great idea. I hope it's profitable enough to take off. [Read More]
Paging Dr. Gadget
About 55 percent of U.S. doctors use mobile devices. As handheld technology becomes more dependable and usable, expect this number to skyrocket. With secure wireless, EHRs, and digital images, the potential benefit for physicians and patients inspires awe. [Read More]
Business Rx
Screen patients carefully to avoid those likely to sue
From Plastic Surgery Practice Advisor: Every plastic surgeon has encountered patients who seem like they will be unhappy no matter what the doctor does for them, and those patients are often the ones who take their complaints to court. By then, the defendant surgeon often realizes that the patient was bad news from the start and should have been turned away. But how can you catch those patients up front, before it's too late? [Read More]
Physician News
Change in doctor attitudes responsible for increase in pain meds
AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer - August 23, 2007
Doctors try new word: Sorry
Chicago Tribune - August 23, 2007
Know when it's time to fire your doctor - August 23, 2007
Kids' high blood pressure goes untreated
AP/Yahoo News - August 23, 2007
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