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With Costs Taken Care Of,
It's Time for EHR Adoption

Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

For years physicians have cited the costs of implementation as a rationale for delaying EHR adoption—and considering the average initial investment somewhere in the $30,000 range, it has been a legitimate obstacle for most practices. Not anymore. The American Recovery and Investment Act sets aside $19 billion to support healthcare IT, including up to $42,000 for each individual provider. [Read More]
  February 19, 2009

Editor's Picks
Doctors stalling retirement
In Canada, the economic crisis is forcing some physicians to delay retirement plans or work longer hours than they had planned. The silver lining is that this trend could help alleviate some problems caused by physician shortages. So this could be good news or bad news, depending on how close you are to retirement. [Read More]
Care coordination daunting for docs
The typical primary care physician who treats elderly Medicare patients must coordinate care with 229 other physicians working in 117 different practices, according to a study by researchers at the Center for Studying Health System Change. Each primary care physician in the study treated an average of 264 unique Medicare fee-for-service patients, and for every 100 Medicare patients treated, each doctor would typically have to communicate with 99 physicians in 53 practices to coordinate care. No wonder care coordination is such a challenge. [Read More]
"My doctors are better than yours"
There's an interesting legal battle in New Jersey between Virtua Health and Cooper Health System over an advertising campaign based on "top doctors." Virtua's ad campaign claimed it has twice as many top physicians as any other health system in the area, and Cooper Health took offense, claiming it has possibly more top doctors than Virtua. Now the two are recalculating their numbers and fighting it out in court. [Read More]
Cuomo cleaning up
WellPoint, the nation's largest health insurer, is the latest to abandon the Ingenix database used for years to determine how much insurers pay out-of-network doctors, after New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo came down hard on Ingenix for underpaying patients and doctors. UnitedHealth Group, which operated the database, Cigna, and Aetna have also agreed to abandon the system. [Read More]
Business Rx
How to Handle Workplace Conflicts
These techniques provide an overview of how to effectively reduce conflict in a healthcare setting by outlining how both sides can handle the problem to reach a peaceful conclusion. [Read More]
Physician News
Missouri doctors, lawyers partner in hospitals for patient health
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - February 17, 2009
Three Florida doctors indicted in $10 million Medicare fraud scheme
South Florida Business Journal - February 18, 2009
Washington doctors' group fights MRSA screening bill
Seattle Times - February 19, 2009
Doctors urge against Nevada Medicaid cuts
AP/San Francisco Chronicle - February 19, 2009

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