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A Night At the ER
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Sandra Schneider, MD, president-elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians, discusses ER care, and her criticism of a recent Excellus BlueCross BlueShield report that says in Upstate New York, two out of five non-overnight visits to hospital emergency departments are unnecessary. It's no secret that some people use the emergency room as a quick cure all, but when a family member feels sick in the middle of the night on a weekend, sometimes there's not much debate about whether to go to the ER. [Read More]
  June 10, 2010

Editor's Picks
Senate Amendment Includes Temporary Doc Fix, Plus Medicaid Extension
Under the Senate substitute amendment to the jobs bill unveiled Tuesday, physicians would get some relief from the 21% cut in Medicare and TRICARE physician reimbursements now in effect. President Obama said, "We've got to make sure that your doctor is getting reimbursed, so they can stay in business and keep their doors open." [Read More]
Open Records Pilot Project Looks To Reinvigorate Patient-Physician Dialogue
Allowing patients access to their personal medical records predates electronic medical records, and now there's a renewed movement to let patients review their files. Fear of lawsuits and confusion have made doctors and hospitals reluctant. [Read More]
Joint Commission Pushes Back Telemedicine Requirements Until March 2011
The Joint Commission's plan to implement CMS telemedicine standards for hospitals (both acute and critical access) has been pushed back until March 2011, according to an official announcement from the accrediting body. Hospitals can comment on the proposed CMS rule changes until July 26, 2010. [Read More]
Preparing for the July Effect: Five Strategies for Integrating New Residents
Deaths from medication errors appear to increase in July, perhaps because of the addition of new and inexperienced residents that month, according to a new study. Dubbed the "July effect," the phenomenon has been observed anecdotally, but California researchers have looked at millions of death certificates to find a pattern. [Read More]
Business Rx
Three Essential Steps To Deal With Disruptive Practitioners
Unchecked bad behavior among practitioners can lead to anything from dings on accreditation surveys to costly legal battles with patients. Medical staffs looking to improve their disruptive behavior policies may use the following three tips as a starting point. [Read More]

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Physician News
AMA Launches Multi-Million Ad Campaign For Prompt Senate Vote to Reverse Pay Cut
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - June 4, 2010
Report Second-Guesses Health Reform Laws but Finds Good Bang for the Buck
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - June 8, 2010
Physician-Owned Hospitals File Lawsuit to Overturn Restrictions
Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media - June 4, 2010
Medical board says MDs cheated
Wall Street Journal - June 9, 2010
Medical schools use outreach programs to make student bodies more diverse
Washington Post - June 8, 2010
Twenty Percent of High School Youth Took Prescription Drugs without Doctor's Rx
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - June 7, 2010

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