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Rick Johnson, Senior Online Editor

I'm excited to write my first weekly column for PhysicianLeaders. What was once a daily collection of news links is now a weekly e-newsletter that includes original reporting, guest features, audio interviews, and links to articles from HealthLeaders magazine and our monthly newsletters. In this week's column, I wrote about how one insurer has turned to a radiology management company for preauthorizations. Physicians worry about red tape and compromised patient care. As a patient, I do, too.
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  June 7, 2007

Editor's Picks
Doctors praise fee-based systems
The idea of "concierge doctors" is popping up again in this AP story. Somehow I doubt this will take hold. But if some docs continue to feel pressured by third-party payers, perhaps more than a few more will open up self-pay shops. [Read More]
Doctors list prices
Speaking of pressure. This Torrance, Calif.-based practice decided to post prices for many of its services online. The LA Times reports that the move was motivated in part by the emergence of walk-in medical clinics at drugstore chains and discount retailers. [Read More]
Physicians give payers failing grades
In a recent issue of Family Practice Management, doctors gripe about dealing with payers. Some of these would be humorous if they weren't true. [Read More]
Business Rx
Focus on supplemental compensation when recruiting physicians
From Physician Compensation Report: Developing a compensation package that will attract physicians to your facility involves more than simply offering a generous starting salary or income guarantee. Look for creative ways to offer fringe benefits. [Read More]
Physician News
10 new physician quality measures approved by AMA
American Medical Association - June 7, 2007
AMA, Wall Street tap into doctors' collective insight via the Web
AP/Times Leader - June 7, 2007
Medicare cuts could limit seniors' access to care, AMA says
United Press International - June 7, 2007
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Shifting the
Payment Stream

HealthLeaders May 2007 Find out why some providers stopped worrying so much about reimbursement cuts. [Read More]
PhysicianLeaders Forum

The Other "Behavioral Medicine"
Contributor Scott MacStravic, Ph.D., explains how promoting healthy lifestyles to patients can help alleviate the costs, as well as consequences, of disease and injury. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Profitable Payer Contracts: Jeffry A. Peters, president and CEO, Health Directions, Chicago, talks about negotiation tactics physician practices can use to receive the reimbursement they deserve for the services they offer.
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