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The Dog Ate My BlackBerry
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Earlier this month, I escaped to the beach with my husband and his BlackBerry. The BlackBerry and I did everything together. We read books on the beach, drank fruity drinks, and dined at water's edge. Yes, my husband was attached to the BlackBerry somewhere, but for the most part, it was just me and the little guy in blue. [Read More]

  Feb. 15, 2008

Editor's Picks
Where do the candidates stand on healthcare?
Healthcare remains a top concern for both Democrat and Republican voters, but deciphering each candidate's stance and so-called "solutions" isn't easy. Now there's an interactive tool to compare the front-runners' positions. Of course, a tool like this is only so helpful when the one thing all candidates' plans have in common is ambiguity. [Read More]
Inquiry set on healthcare billing
If this week's news is any indication, health plans are in for a rough road as insurers across the country face increased criticism and scrutiny. In NY, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced an investigation into an "industrywide scheme to deceived and defraud consumers" whereby health insurance companies overcharge patients for seeking care outside of their coverage network. In California, Blue Cross of California agreed to halt a much-criticized letter asking physicians to identify preexisting medical conditions that could be cause for canceling a member's coverage, and a California lawmaker introduced legislation that would require insurers to get permission from state regulators before dropping a patient's coverage. [Read More]
A doctor's Rx for CEO decision makers
Much has been written about what healthcare can learn from other industries (aviation, nuclear, etc.), but what about what other industries can learn from healthcare? This Harvard Business Review article looks at how doctors deal with errors--and how business leaders in all fields can learn from their process. [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
1 in 10 patients gets drug error
Boston Globe - February 14, 2008

Proposed Bush budget cuts would hit hospitals hard, administrators say
Philadelphia Inquirer - February 13, 2008
Number of U.S. primary care doctors down
AP/Yahoo News - February 13, 2008
ERs fail as nation's safety net
Los Angeles Times - February 9, 2008

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