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Physicians v. Hospitals
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

Forget Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The political battle you want to keep an eye on this spring is the fight between two of healthcare's biggest associations over the merits of physician-owned specialty hospitals. [Read More]
  May 8, 2008

Editor's Picks
MDs with MBAs
This Times Union article takes a look at the growing number of physicians pursuing a master's degree in business after medical school or in the middle of their careers. Physicians have a reputation for being poor business planners, and medical schools have been criticized for leaving doctors ill-prepared to deal with the business aspects of medicine. We'll probably see a lot more MD, MBA combos as physicians look for a leg up in an increasingly competitive environment. [Read More]
The doctor etiquette checklist
Taking a page from the playbook of Peter Pronovost, who developed a basic checklist to reduce infections in the ICU, Harvard psychiatrist Michael Kahn, MD, has created a checklist to improve physician etiquette in the exam room. It's designed for physicians to follow during a first-time encounter with a patient, and includes basic reminders like "shake hands" and "sit down" (don't worry, "roll over" wasn't on the list). Though developing compassionate physicians with good communication skills is a long-term goal, changing basic behavior (or providing simple reminders) is a much simpler way to improve physician etiquette in the short term, Kahn argues. [Read More]
DOJ goes after kickbacks
The federal government is making good on its promise to take a closer look at physician-hospital financial relationships. The U.S. Department of Justice has intervened in a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging improper financial kickbacks were arranged between a hospital and large medical group in Ohio. I wouldn't be surprised to see more cases like this down the road. Physicians and hospitals with financial relationships should make sure to dot every 'i' and cross every 't' as the government increases scrutiny of these arrangements. [Read More]
Organization pushes for "maintenance of licensure"
The Federation of State Medical Boards is working on a policy that would require physicians to demonstrate their continuing competence in order to get relicensed. The draft proposal would require physicians to take part in ongoing self-assessment and demonstrate competence in their areas of practice, though it doesn't specify how. [Read More]
Business Rx
Prevent service mistakes with root cause analysis:
The most common office problems—many of them billing issues that can frustrate patients—can be traced back to failure to perform one of five tasks. Make sure you have policies in place to address each one. [Read More]
Physician News
Provider, doctors may pull out of Washington, DC, program
Washington Post - May 6, 2008
Medical specialties hit by a growing pay gap
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - May 5, 2008
Prepping robots to perform surgery
New York Times - May 5, 2008
Suit filed to block Medi-Cal rate cuts
San Francisco Chronicle - May 6, 2008

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From HealthLeaders Magazine
Faith in the Hospital
HealthLeaders February 2008
In a shifting healthcare world, faith-based systems face a new set of challenges in their quest to stay true to their mission. [Read More]
PhysicianLeaders Forum

Unhappy Physicians: Contributor Edwin Leap, MD, ponders the reasons for physician discontent and argues that more emphasis on work-life balance, and less on compensation, may be the key to a happier physician work force. [Read More]
Audio Feature

MinuteClinic: Physician Collaboration: James Hartert, MD, MS, Chief Medical Officer for MinuteClinic, speaks with Bob Wertz of HealthLeaders Media at the Yale School of Management Healthcare 2008 Conference. In part one of a three-part interview, Hartert discusses the collaborative approach the convenient care clinics seek with physician practices. [Listen Now]
Different Models: In part two, Hartert discusses the nurse practitioner model and the physician-staffed model for convenient care clinics. [Listen Now]
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