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HITECH Gives HIPAA New Teeth
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

You already know about the Obama administration's goals for widespread EHR adoption, about the $19 billion being invested in healthcare IT, and about the carrots being offered to entice hospitals and physicians to play along. But is that all you know about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health, or HITECH, Act? Did you catch the part about stricter HIPAA requirements and stiffer penalties for violations? [Read More]
  April 9, 2009
Editor's Picks
Physician leaders earn more in non-hospital groups
Medical directors earn 69% more in non-hospital-owned physician groups than they do in those owned by a hospital, according to data from the Medical Group Management Association. The one exception to the pattern was medical directors in primary care, who earned more at hospital-owned practices. Compensation for physician leaders varied quite a bit by specialty, and also depended a lot on their responsibilities. Across all specialties, recruitment and physician education responsibilities yielded the highest compensation. [Read More]
Doctors embracing reform
Even though they are in some cases being asked to speak out against healthcare reform, physician opinion has changed significantly since previous healthcare reform efforts, and doctors are more open to some type of change, according to this opinion piece. Survey data seems to back up the claim—more than half of physician respondents to our HealthLeaders Industry Survey said some form of universal healthcare (either government-funded or government-mandated) held the best hope for improving the system. Another 29% favored consumer-directed care, but only 7.6% backed the current employer-sponsored healthcare system. [Read More]
The consequences of quality improvement
In this Wall Street Journal piece, a couple of physicians from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School look at some of the unintended consequences, and possible dangers, of programs that rely on quality improvement metrics. For one, humans are not uniform in their biology, so rigidly standardizing care could actually lead physicians to overlook treatment options unique to a patient. Moreover, the time physicians spend jumping through bureaucratic hoops cuts into their patient care time. That doesn't mean metrics-based quality improvement programs should be scrapped. But it's a reminder that if there were an easy solution, the problem would have been solved by now. [Read More]
Christian physicians protest 'conscience rule' change
One of the more controversial regulations that came out of the Bush administration's final days in office was the expansion of a "conscience clause," allowing healthcare workers to refuse to provide certain services if they morally object. Many physician groups criticized the rule as a hindrance to patient care, believing that doctors' obligations to patients should override personal beliefs. Now, the Obama administration is preparing to roll back the rule, and an organization of Christian physicians is protesting, claiming that rescinding the rule is a form of discrimination against religious healthcare providers. [Read More]
Are You Part of a Top Leadership Team?
HealthLeaders Media is gearing up for its fifth year of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program that recognizes the best in senior leadership teamwork at hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. This year's winners will be honored during HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, an event planned for October 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago. If you and your organization have an outstanding teamwork story to share, go to the Top Leadership Teams site to learn more about the six categories, download an entry form, and submit your entry. The deadline to submit is April 30. [Learn More]
Business Rx
Conduct an Efficient and Constructive SWOT Analysis
Doctors are more likely to discuss what's going on inside and outside of their office if their practice conducts an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). [Read More]
Physician News
Northern Idaho robot connects doctors and patients
USA Today - April 9, 2009
Johns Hopkins bans free drug samples, gifts from industry
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - April 9, 2009
Massachusetts hospital gets subpoena tied to doctor's studies
Wall Street Journal - April 7, 2009
AMA to lay off 100 employees
Chicago Tribune - April 7, 2009

Audio Conferences/Webcasts
May 12, 2009: Service Lines Strategies Workshop: Cardiovascular Physician Alignment
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April 28, 2009: Compensation Packages to Recruit and Retain Physicians in Today's Economy
April 20, 2009: Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Joint Replacement
From HealthLeaders Magazine
SOS: Public Hospitals
HealthLeaders March 2009
On the brink even during good economic times, many public hospitals are operating in technical insolvency amid a painful recession. But they can take heart from following the example of two that have managed well. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Beyond Obstetrics
A changing female demographic has created new opportunities for hospitals to grow the women's health service line into much more than just labor and delivery. [Read More]
PhysicianLeaders Forum

Four Strategies for Promoting Physician-Hospital Alignment: Hugo J. Finarelli, Jr., PhD, author of The Hospital Executive's Guide to Physician Staffing, offers four strategies for promoting hospital-physician alignment, and as a result, improving recruitment and quality efforts. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Replacing Joints: Marshall Steele, MD, discusses trends in total joint care and offers a preview of the upcoming HealthLeaders Media Webcast, Service Line Strategies 2009: Joint Replacement. [Listen Now]
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