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Would You be Comfortable in a Health Court?
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

One of the more intriguing ideas President Obama recently put forward in hopes of attracting Republican members of Congress to health reform is initiating so-called health courts. He envisions them as demonstration projects to determine whether they would help alleviate both the practice of defensive medicine as well as the filing of truly frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits. But how would such courts work? Are they likely to be included in a health reform law? Are there other ways to reduce your hospital or health system's malpractice exposure?
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  March 5, 2010

Editor's Picks
DC Hospital Will Fire Four More Nurses for Missing Work Because of Blizzard
The president of Washington (DC) Hospital Center says findings from an internal review have prompted the hospital to begin proceedings to dismiss 15 nurses for missing work because of a blizzard. The hospital contends that the nurses in question had plenty of warning about the storm, that the hospital had provided for accommodations at the hospital for those who had an upcoming shift, and that it had provided transportation to the nurses who were worried about making it in. I have no problem with this action, but I wonder how a public hospital can afford to fire nurses, even poor performing ones, in the midst of a nursing shortage. Perhaps the shortage isn't as acute as the hype would have us believe. [Read More]
Four Rival Texas Hospitals Bond For Meaningful Use And To Improve Care
OK, I didn't coin the term co-opetition, and neither did my colleague Cheryl Clark, but she writes that four rival hospitals in West Texas have found a way to cooperate. The rivalries among the four towns there extend beyond healthcare—in fact, those rivalries perhaps made cooperation even more unlikely among the four hospitals to develop a regional health information system that strengthens them all. Yet they persevered and now the system links the hospitals, their clinics, and their physicians with the medical records of all of their patients. [Read More]
ACOs May Lead to Health Insurer Partnerships with Physicians, Hospitals
My colleague Joe Cantlupe has an interesting idea for the next time President Obama wants to find solutions to the healthcare reform impasse—invite hospitals, payers, and providers—and no politicians—to the table, and talk innovative approaches to healthcare. Specifically, he thinks accountable care organizations should replace the current fee-for-service system, creating a more innovative system whereby doctors and hospitals would receive bonuses for exceeding quality-of-care measures. In turn, they would also get penalties for providing lower quality or higher cost per patient. Perhaps this idea's time has come. [Read More]
AMA leader disappointed that pay cut issue still unresolved
American Medical Association President-Elect Dr. Cecil Wilson talked this week with C-SPAN about the Medicare and Medicaid budgets, the proposed 21.2% Medicare physician payment cut, and his quotes that were in a recent HealthLeaders Media article. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Senate Delays Doc Pay Cut for 30 Days
Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media - March 3, 2010
Many Flaws in Medicare Part D's Fraud Prevention, Says HHS Inspector
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - March 4, 2010
Obama Backs Reconciliation Without Actually Saying the Word
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - March 4, 2010
Nonprofit Providers' Financial Status Improving, Says S&P
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - March 3, 2010
Ex-worker at Boston-based Beth Israel pleads guilty to embezzlement
Boston Globe - March 4, 2010
California cannot cut Medi-Cal payments to hospitals
San Francisco Chronicle - March 4, 2010
Waterbury (CT) Hospital disciplined over violations
Hartford Courant - March 4, 2010
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee expands doctor, treatment comparison tool
The Tennessean - March 4, 2010
New Jersey hospital breaks new ground in luxury
Philadelphia Inquirer - March 3, 2010
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania sued over failure to admit patient
Philadelphia Inquirer - March 3, 2010

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