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Disparities in Care Deserve More Attention
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

Some Americans receive worse healthcare than others. Some of us are more likely to be uninsured; some of us have poorer outcomes; some have lower health literacy and other obstacles to access. Most would agree that eliminating these care gaps for our fellow citizens should be a top priority. But in all of the debate about reforming healthcare in the last year, very little has been said about the importance of reducing racial and ethnic care disparities. Yet, these disparities persist, and in some cases they are growing more severe. [Read More]
  February 18, 2010

Editor's Picks
Senate Removes Medicare Payment Cut Delay from Jobs Bill
The AMA got what it wanted Thursday when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) removed a provision from the Senate jobs bill that would have delayed a Medicare payment cut for seven more months. That seems counterintuitive, considering the change makes the 21% cut scheduled for March 1 more likely. But the AMA is taking a gamble: It is opposing any temporary patches in favor of a permanent payment fix, which the House has already passed. Given the gridlock in Washington these days, it's a risky move. [Read More]
Cardiologists use iPhones for diagnosis
A group of cardiologists is using iPhones for mobile viewing of patient records, including results of tests like EKGs. And this is just one example of how smart phones are redefining care delivery. Obstetricians and gynecologists can purchase an application to view wave forms; radiologists can read images on-the-go; and patients can even use phones to identify which medications they take. [Read More]
Medical Practices Frustrated with PQRI Data Requirements
The MGMA says medical practice leaders are increasingly frustrated by what it terms the "unnecessarily arduous process" for reporting data to Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting Initiative. The organization surveyed members and found that they "expressed little to no satisfaction with feedback reports." The program is currently voluntary. [Read More]
Are Hospitalist Physician Assistants the Answer to Shortages?
Mayo Clinic Arizona announced the first post-graduate physician assistant fellowship dedicated to hospital medicine in the country, and the post-graduate program has potential to alleviate the problems of physician shortages, writes Karen M. Cheung. Unlike traditional PA training programs, this optional post-graduate program focuses on the inpatient setting. [Read More]
Business Rx
Study Internal, External Factors in Practice Merger Decisions
To make an informed decision about whether your practice can go it alone or should merge, conduct a review of internal and external factors affecting your practice. [Read More]
Physician News
Tennessee emergency doctors back bill redefining malpractice
The Tennessean - February 17, 2010
A doctor's problem with electronic records
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - February 17, 2010
Physicians Play Key Role in New Joint Venture Hospital
Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media - February 18, 2010
Canadian doctors back right to die consultation; but MDs oppose assisted suicide
Montreal Gazette - February 17, 2010

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