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Top Cardio Programs
Are Physician-Led

Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

I often hear anecdotal evidence that physician leadership can make the difference between an average and a top-performing hospital service, but it isn't often that I come across actual statistical evidence to back up that claim. While researching this month's magazine article about cardiovascular service lines, I found a study by ECG Management Consultants, Inc., and Thomson Reuters that shows just how much of a difference physician leadership can make. [Read More]
  April 23, 2009

Editor's Picks
Malpractice damage caps not the answer
I generally agree with this commentary in the Dallas Morning News about malpractice damage caps not being the full answer to the malpractice problem. I tend to get negative feedback when I raise this point from physicians who say I don't understand the trauma of living through a malpractice trial, which is valid. But it's not that I want to ignore the malpractice problem. On the contrary, I think there are better solutions—health courts, no-fault damage awards, or simple apologies, for instance—that address the real problem better than damage caps. [Read More]
Doctors coming out of retirement
Unless you're Michael Jordan or Brett Favre, the decision to retire isn't one that is easily reversed. But some retired physicians are returning to work after the stock market plunge wiped out a sizeable chunk of their investment portfolios, according to American Medical News. It isn't always easy, though. Doctors have to go through re-entry programs and get new training, and often have to work locum tenens positions. Late-career physicians are in a similar boat, postponing retirement plans to stretch out their savings. This provides a manpower boost to the physician workforce now, but if the economy turns around, will we see an exodus of retiring physicians? [Read More]
E-prescribing jumps 61%
It looks like the CMS reimbursement incentives for electronic prescribing may be working, as e-prescribing jumped 61% in the first quarter of 2009, according to a survey by Surescripts. More than 103,000 providers now prescribe electronically, up from 19,000 a couple of years ago. There were many factors pushing e-prescribing other than the federal reimbursement incentives, but this has to give a little hope to advocates of the EHR adoption incentives in the stimulus package. [Read More]
Telemedicine doctor gets nine months
A Colorado physician was sentenced to nine months in jail for practicing medicine in California without a license after he prescribed a generic form of Prozac over the Internet to a student who later committed suicide. Although the doctor had a restricted license in Colorado, this case raises some serious questions about the legality of telemedicine. "Telemedicine is now dead," said the physician's lawyer. "No doctor in his or her right mind would now pursue telemedicine unless licensed in all 50 states." [Read More]
Business Rx
Choosing the Right Service Line to Grow Your Practice
The healthcare market is more competitive than ever, and physician practices have a growing number of strategic options—from traditional ancillary services to retail service lines—to increase revenue and remain competitive. Choosing the right service line or project can greatly enhance a practice's financial stability, but the choice isn't always easy because each option comes with direct and indirect risks and rewards. [Read More]
Physician News
Patients: There's waste in medicine, but my doctor is perfect
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - April 23, 2009
Survey report: When actors play doctors on TV
MedPage Today - April 23, 2009
Review board that approved fake study calls it quits
Wall Street Journal - April 23, 2009
AMA plans one-stop electronic shopping for docs
AP/Yahoo News - April 22, 2009

Audio Conferences/Webcasts
May 12, 2009: Service Lines Strategies Workshop: Cardiovascular Physician Alignment
April 29, 2009: Marketing Neurosciences: Service Line Strategies for Marketers
April 28, 2009: Compensation Packages to Recruit and Retain Physicians in Today's Economy
On Demand: Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Joint Replacement
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Jump . . . or Get Pushed
HealthLeaders March 2009
The tough decisions you don't want to make now—but may have to. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Redefining Cardio
The cardiovascular service line remains a dependable revenue generator for many hospitals across the country. But a shifting market full of new options for patients means organizations must find ways to differentiate themselves to keep it that way. [Read More]
PhysicianLeaders Forum

Physicians as Leaders: What's Missing? Charles Saunders, MD, of St. Luke's Health Network in Bethlehem, PA, and Bonnie Hagemann, CEO of Executive Development Associates, Inc. discuss the growing importance of physician leadership development. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Engage Physicians to Achieve Top Cardiac Care: Physician leaders David Pate, Marigene Hartker, and Joseph Knapp discuss how to enhance quality in the cardiac service line through physician alignment, quality initiatives, and leadership strategies. "Hospital leadership needs to take responsibility for establishing alignment with physicians," says Pate, CEO of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, TX. [Listen Now]

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