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Physicians Must Adapt, Evolve in 2010
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

Although some uncertainty persists, particularly with one major obstacle remaining for healthcare reform legislation, in 2010 providers should start getting a clearer picture about the future of healthcare. Adapting and preparing for these changes will be the big challenge for the coming year. [Read More]
  December 31, 2009

Editor's Picks
Cardiologists sue Sebelius over Medicare cuts
Heart specialists have filed suit against Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in an effort to stave off Medicare fee cuts for office-based imaging procedures. The lawsuit charges that the government's planned cutbacks will deal a major blow to medical care and force thousands of cardiologists to shutter their offices, sell diagnostic equipment and work for hospitals, which charge more for the same procedures. The cuts were intended to curb the growth of outpatient imaging and increase reimbursement for primary care, but this lawsuit demonstrates why those goals will be so hard to reach. Everyone wants to improve the healthcare system, as long as it doesn't cut into their paycheck. [Read More]
Meaningful Use, EHR Standards Proposals Released by HHS
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Improvement Technology on Wednesday released for public comment two anxiously awaited regulations providing both the details of "meaningful use" and the standards to improve the efficiency of health information technology used nationwide by hospitals and physicians. These are the standards that will determine how physicians are reimbursed for EHR implementation under the HITECH Act, so review them thoroughly. [Read More]
10 Issues that Congress will Need to Resolve in Final Reform Bill
PhysicianLeaders didn't run last week, but by now you know that the Senate passed its version of healthcare reform legislation on Christmas Eve. Now, the House and Senate must reconcile their two versions into a final bill that both chambers must vote on before President Obama can sign reform into law. While there is agreement on the broad framework for reform, there are some contentious issues that must be resolved. Here are the top 10. [Read More]
AAFP President Says Health Reform Bill a Good Start for Addressing Physician Shortage
In his column this week, my colleague John Commins looks at how healthcare reform might improve the supply of primary care physicians. Lori Heim, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, says she is encouraged by several provisions in both the House and Senate reform bills that begin to address the nation's dire shortage of primary care doctors. [Read More]
Success Story: Sisters of Mercy Health
Learn how the Sisters of Mercy implemented changes to improve service quality through IBM Service Management solutions. These solutions facilitate a business process transformation that fosters a culture of productivity and continuous improvement. Download the free copy of Success Story: Sisters of Mercy Health. (This headline is sponsored by IBM.) [Read More]
Business Rx
Give Doctors Tools to Better Working Environment
It is hard to imagine a more uncertain time for the healthcare industry in the United States. What should remain constant in any leadership model is giving the physicians as much support as possible to create an effective working environment. [Read More]
Physician News
Medical billing code monopoly explains AMA's support for health plan, critics say
Chicago Tribune - December 28, 2009
Visiting Physicians Association to Pay $9.5M to Resolve Allegations
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - December 28, 2009
Medical sales reps work alongside doctors, even in operating rooms
Washington Post - December 28, 2009
Doctors seek out cure for inefficiency
Chicago Tribune - December 24, 2009

Health bill will keep Mass. overhaul intact
Boston Globe - December 23, 2009

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