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A Familiar Resolution:
Improve Physician Relations

Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

The goal of improving physician relations is healthcare's equivalent of New Year's resolutions like spending more time with family and friends, quitting smoking, or losing weight. They're all worthy endeavors, but they're often doomed to fail because they lack sufficient planning, accountability, and support. Still, improving physician relations will likely remain a top priority for hospital CEOs in 2009.
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  January 2, 2009

Editor's Picks
Recession is crippling hospitals
The forecast for hospitals in 2009 doesn't look too promising. We'll continue to see hospitals cutting services, laying off employees, filing for bankruptcy, and closing their doors. This article does a good job discussing how the recession is impacting hospitals and what some organizations are doing to survive. [Read More]
Public weighs in
President-elect Barack Obama's transition team held roughly 8,500 public meetings since December 15, 2008, to solicit feedback on healthcare reform. These sessions were similar to the Citizens Health Care Working Group's meetings that took place in 2005 and 2006. None of that group's recommendations like guaranteeing health coverage for specific checkups and treatments were ever carried out. Only time will tell what becomes of these most recent public meetings. One of the key messages this go-around is that health reform doesn't have to be all about expanding health insurance. It can be about little things too, such as shorter waits in the doctor's office and offering incentives like free checkups that catch small problems before they became big ones. [Read More]
Geriatric care in 'crisis mode'
A new model of care is needed to take care of the elderly, according to this New York Times article. The number of people over the age of 65 is increasing, while the number of practicing geriatricians is decreasing. The article touts a team approach, with nurses trained in geriatrics and social workers trained in the problems of the elderly, so that they can help physicians provide coordinated care for older patients. [Read More]
A handshake that made healthcare history
This Boston Globe article highlights how a deal made in 2000 between Partners HealthCare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ratcheted up healthcare insurance prices and changed the healthcare landscape in Boston. [Read More]
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Report: OSHA health oversight ebbed under Bush
Washington Post - December 29, 2008
Embattled Miami heart surgeon won't surrender medical license
Miami Herald - December 31, 2008
SEIU sees triumphs, setbacks in 2008
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Detroit bailout plan puts retirees' healthcare at risk
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - December 30, 2008
'Personalized medicine' reads DNA for effective treatments
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No background checks for one-third of CA health workers
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