HealthLeaders Media HR - March 9, 2009 | AMA to White House: 'Smack You Down' Approach Won't Work
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AMA to White House:
Don't Dictate Care

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

President Obama is calling for flexibility and compromise from stakeholders in the healthcare reform debate, but the nation's largest physicians' organization warns that any attempts by the federal government to use evidence-based medicine to dictate how physicians provide individualized care would be a deal breaker. [Read More]
  March 9, 2009

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Editor's Picks
Unions break from healthcare reform coalition
The New York Times reports that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the SEIU have pulled out of the Healthcare Reform Dialogue coalition that is seeking agreement on major changes in the healthcare system. The point of contention is whether to offer a new government-sponsored insurance option, and whether to require employers to help pay for employee health benefits. Unions and Democrats like both ideas. Insurers, Republicans, and a lot of employers don't. While Healthcare Reform Dialogue says it will keep the lines of communication open with the unions, it's hard to immediately see how they can bridge this fundamental difference, which essentially frames the government's role in offering health insurance. [Read More]
Troy, NY, healthcare network settles class-action suit on nurses' wages
And speaking of unions, from today's Wall Street Journal, a healthcare network in upstate New York will settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that managers conspired to keep registered nurses' wages artificially low. It is believed that the action could affect other defendants in the case and four related suits across the country. Northeast Health of Troy, NY, agreed to pay $1.25 million in a settlement that is scheduled to be filed today in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of New York. The company didn't admit any wrongdoing and called the allegations in the lawsuit "completely false and offensive." About 2,500 nurses are represented in the class, and the settlement is subject to court approval. The suit, brought by two Albany nurses, is one of five related suits filed in 2006, in which nurses alleged that hospitals conspired to keep nurse wages low and did so by sharing compensation information such as wage surveys. [Read More]
Healthcare sector showers Congress with millions
The Washington Post reports that the healthcare sector has spent nearly $1 billion lobbying in the past two years alone, including millions in campaign contributions. As momentum moves toward overhauling healthcare, major medical groups have stepped up their lobbying and campaign activities while shifting money and attention to newly empowered Democrats. The Post notes that public advocacy groups like Consumer Watchdog fear that the "money pouring into Congress from the healthcare sector raises questions about the independence of lawmakers as they consider dramatic changes to the healthcare system." Ya think? Billy Tauzin, a former Republican House member from Louisiana who runs PhRMA, says campaign contributions from his industry simply reflect participation in American democracy. "We do what most people do in political systems: We support people with whom we agree and with whom we believe in," Tauzin said. [Read More]
Healthcare sector still adding jobs amid recession
A Wall Street Journal blog, citing federal employment figures for February, reports that the economy lost some 651,000 jobs during the month. But healthcare added some 27,000 jobs. In all, the U.S. economy has lost some 2.6 million jobs in the past four months, according to the seasonally adjusted figures in the non-farm payroll report. During that time, healthcare has added a little more than 100,000 jobs. However, some hospitals and clinics are still laying people off. [Read More]
Doctors not immune from recession blues
The Miami Herald reports that some physicians in sunny South Florida are singing the blues because their patients are skimping on healthcare. With patients losing their insurance, doctors are having a hard time getting paid, and insurance companies seem slower than ever in handling claims. The Herald reports that many doctors in solo private practices are now looking for alternatives. Some have found second jobs in urgent care centers or emergency rooms. One doctor, an amateur photographer, now is handing out his business cards, offering to do weddings and birthdays. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
ANN ARBOR, MI: Pescovitz named CEO of U-M Health System
Pediatric endocrinologist and researcher Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, MD, as the University's executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System, pending the approval of the Board of Regents at its March 19 meeting. Pescovitz is executive associate dean for research affairs at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she leads basic and clinical research initiatives. She is also president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children and interim vice president for research administration at Indiana. She succeeds Robert P. Kelch, MD, who has served as EVPMA since September 2003 and plans to retire later this year. In this new role, which begins May 11, Pescovitz will oversee the U-M Health System: the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, which have more than 12,000 employees and a 2009 operating budget of more than $1 billion; the U-M Medical School, which has more than 2,600 faculty, 1,600 students and trainees and receives more than $340 million in total research funds; and the School of Nursing. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: Former HHS general counsel joins Foley Hoag LLP
Thomas Barker, former acting general counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services, has joined law firm Foley Hoag LLP as a partner in its Healthcare and Life Sciences practices. Barker will be splitting his time between the firm's Washington, DC, and Boston offices and will focus on federal legal and regulatory healthcare policy matters and general rule makings. [Read More]

ATLANTA: Katzenstein awarded pediatric cancer chair
The Carter Samuel Martin Children's Chair for Innovative Therapy was presented to Howard M. Katzenstein, MD, on March 3. Katzenstein is director of Clinical Research for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and director of the Innovative Therapy program with the Aflac Cancer Center of Children's. Katzenstein also is an associate professor of Pediatrics with Emory University. [Read More]

SILOAM SPRINGS, AR: New CEO named for Memorial Hospital
Kevin Clement on March 9 takes over as CEO of Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital. Clement most recently served as the top executive at the 103-bed Moberly Regional Medical Center in Moberly, MO. Both hospitals are affiliates of Community Health Systems of Franklin, TN, the country's largest publicly traded hospital operator. CHS took over the Siloam Springs hospital February 1 as part of a lease-sale agreement expected to result in construction of a $40 million hospital by 2012. [Read More]

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Audio Feature

Barry Arbuckle, president and CEO of MemorialCare Medical Centers in Long Beach, CA, is one of three C-suite leaders joining us for the March 16 webcast: Solving Your Nurse Shortage: Long-term strategies that work. In this audio clip, he outlines successful cost-saving solutions to the shortage of nurses and nurse leaders. [Listen Now]
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