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Rick Johnson, Senior Editor

Consider all the ways hospitals nowadays are attempting to fortify physician relations. With a looming shortage of primary care providers, hospital executives have to come up with strategies to maintain referrals and ensure care in their communities. Executives frequently tell me about their plans to increase the number of employed physicians. In fact, my colleague Philip Betbeze wrote a fine cover story called "Keep 'Em Close" in this month's issue of HealthLeaders magazine. This story shows how some hospitals are aligning with physicians through the clinical integration model of healthcare.
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  June 28, 2007

Editor's Picks
Study says chatty doctors forget patients
Doctors often engage in small talk with patients to build relationships, but after analyzing 113 doctor-patient conversations, a group of researchers has concluded that many physicians need to improve their communication skills, according to this New York Times article. The study found that one-third of doctors' conversations focused on irrelevant personal information and had no verifiable effect on establishing rapport. [Read More]
Medicare testing personal health records to help beneficiaries better manage care
CMS is looking to put health information in patients' hands with a new project that will allow Medicare beneficiaries to track their healthcare services and establish a personal health record (PHR) with Internet-based tools. Under the pilot program, which will run for 18 months, each patient will be in charge of his or her own PHR and will control who sees the information it contains. [Read More]
Indian police search for teen surgeon
A 15-year-old in India successfully performed a Caesarean section birth under his parents' watch in an attempt to set a record as the youngest surgeon. Now the boy's parents, both doctors, have been arrested and charged with cheating, forgery of records, endangering human life, concealing evidence and abetting a crime. The boy fled to escape similar charges. [Read More]
Are Texas' malpractice damage limits healthy?
This article in the Dallas Morning News highlights the ongoing debate about the effects of medical liability reform, which Texas legislators enacted four years ago. On the one hand, liability insurance rates have fallen for physicians and the number of doctors applying to practice in the state has increased more than 50 percent. However, opponents-generally trial lawyers and consumer advocates-claim the law only helps insurance firms and hinders the ability to crack down on poor-performing doctors. [Read More]
Business Rx
Focus, talent, and planning crucial to Web site success
From Private Practice Success: A well-designed Web site can enhance your practice in a variety of areas, including patient education and outreach, internal communications, and marketing. But a poorly designed one can hurt you: It may confuse current patients, alienate prospective ones, and disrupt communication within the practice. [Read More]
Physician News
AMA wants probe of pharmacy-based health clinics
Washington Post - June 28, 2007
Conflict alleged in drug firms' education role
Washington Post - June 28, 2007
Medicare may alter anemia drug payments for dialysis
Los Angeles Times - June 28, 2007
Nonprofit is artery of info for doctors
Indianapolis Star - June 28, 2007
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Keep 'Em Close
HealthLeaders June 2007 The goals of the hospital and its physicians are not the same, right? Wrong. The desire for better outcomes and efficiency in healthcare is giving new life to the clinic model of integrated care. [Read More]
PhysicianLeaders Forum

Group Practice IT Problems, IT Solutions: Replacing a legacy practice management system can help physician groups, says contributor Ajit Kumar, Ph.D. [Read More]
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