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Is HITECH Working?
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

After only one year, it is too early to assess the true impact of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. The first reimbursement payments to physicians for electronic health record adoption won't go out until 2011, after all. But early signs suggest that the program is pushing more physicians to adopt EHR systems, and that it is well on its way to accomplishing its long-term goals. [Read More]
  March 11, 2010

Editor's Picks
Senate Delays Physician Pay Cut (Again)
After struggling last week to delay the scheduled 21% Medicare physician pay cut until the end of March, the Senate voted this week to further delay it until October 1. Some members of Congress hope the added time will allow them to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate formula that mandates these cuts. However, legislation that would do that has failed in the Senate, and politicians will probably be even more reluctant to add to the deficit when the next deadline approaches, just one month before elections. [Read More]
Hospitals Debate the Pros, Cons of White Coats for Doctors
The iconic physician's white coat is being debated as some question whether the coats may transmit infectious bacteria and even elevate patients' blood pressure. Some hospitals are going so far as to implement dress codes that effectively ban the white coats. A lot of physicians aren't happy about that—the coats have a long history in medicine and are an instantly recognizable symbol. But if they are a detriment to patient safety, it may not be long until all organizations start getting rid of them. [Read More]
Comparative Effectiveness Research is Lacking, Says Study
An analysis by researchers of comparative effectiveness (CE) studies found that only a few compared medication use with nonpharmacologic interventions, and that only a few examined safety or cost effectiveness, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Of the 104 CE studies, 43% compared two or more medications with each other, 11% compared medications with non-pharmacologic interventions, 31% compared different pharmacologic strategies, and 15% compared different medication doses, durations or frequencies of treatment, or different medication formulations. [Read More]
Business Rx
Conduct Effective, Cost-Efficient Community Outreach
Often, getting your practice's name and expertise out in the community is more beneficial than an expensive marketing campaign. [Read More]
Physician News
Physician Malpractice Payments Decreased in 2009, Says Public Citizen
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - March 5, 2010
Medicare backlash: A primary care doctor lays out his costs - March 5, 2010
Group appointments give patients better access to physicians
Washington Post - March 9, 2010
Healthcare Must Expand Primary Care Models, Says Report
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - March 5, 2010

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