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Why Congress Should Pass the Health Reform Bill Now
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

I've pointed out some of the flaws in both the health reform debate's substance and process, but I've been consistently convinced that reform legislation should pass. That's because as long as I've been writing about healthcare, I have been hearing from physicians about the problems with the current system and the dire need for changes. [Read More]
  January 28, 2010

Editor's Picks
The radiation boom
This New York Times article about high-profile radiation mistakes is the must-read article of the week. It offers a look into the vulnerability of patient safeguards at a time when increasingly complex, computer-controlled devices are fundamentally changing medical radiation, delivering higher doses in less time with greater precision than ever before. Imaging use has grown too fast for patients, physicians, and policy makers to keep up in recent years, and we are still grappling with the financial and clinical implications of the boom. [Read More]
13 Health Leaders Respond to Obama's State of the Union Address
HealthLeaders Media asked health officials with a variety of perspectives on health reform to provide their comments on what Obama did say, didn't say, or should have said about health reform during his State of the Union address last night. Here's what J. James Rohack, MD, president of the American Medical Association, had to say: "The AMA applauds President Obama for his ongoing commitment to health system reform and we second his call to 'Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people.' Every American will benefit from health insurance market reforms that eliminate unfair business practices like denials for pre-existing medical conditions." [Read More]
Atul Gawande urges doctors to use checklist
Surgeon, journalist, professor, and author Atul Gawande has written a book about the importance of checklists in medicine. He says medicine today is so complex that even the sharpest doctors can no longer keep everything they need to know in their heads, and he urges physicians to adopt checklists, much like the ones routinely used by pilots before every flight. Gawande is certainly not the first or only person to suggest medicine would benefit from checklists, but he is becoming a very well-respected and poignant voice on matters of improving healthcare. [Read More]
Study: Doctors delay end-of-life communication
Most doctors don't talk about end-of-life issues with their cancer patients when those patients are feeling well, a new survey of 4,188 physicians has found. They also do not talk about these issues until treatments have been exhausted, and the delays mean patients might not be able to make truly informed choices early in their treatment. This is an area that needs to improve, but the topic was done a disservice this fall when policies related to end-of-life discussions somehow morphed into "death panels." [Read More]
Business Rx
Prepare for Cooperation, Scrutiny, and Declining Reimbursements in 2010
We asked several experts on reimbursement and contracting issues to offer predictions for 2010, and the responses ranged from greater collaboration and cooperation to more audits and review. And not surprisingly, most expect reimbursements to drop. [Read More]
Physician News
CMS Names National Accrediting Bodies for Medical Imaging Providers
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - January 26, 2010
Joint Commission Issues Alert About Preventing Maternal Death
Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media - January 27, 2010
Phishing schemes are becoming sneakier in targeting doctors
American Medical Association - January 28, 2010
Meteorite Crashes into Virginia Doctors' Office
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - January 22, 2010

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