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A Massachusetts Surprise
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

The Massachusetts Health Quality Partners asked 80,000 people how they felt about their primary care physicians in the wake of the state's landmark healthcare reform law. Barbara Rabson, the executive director of MHQP, was surprised by the results. [Read More]
  July 1, 2010

Editor's Picks
EHR, Operating Cost Hikes Challenge Practice Managers
Rising operating costs, managing finances amid Medicare reimbursement shifts, and installing electronic health records are the top three challenges for medical practice managers, according to Medical Practice Today: What Members Have to Say, an annual survey from the Medical Group Management Association[Read More]
OIG: Medicare Paid $1.2 Billion for Drugs with Invalid Prescriber Numbers
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Part D plans have inadequate procedures to verifying the validity of prescriber identifiers,' according to the Office of Inspector General. Medicare drug plans and beneficiaries paid pharmacies $1.2 billion in 2007 for more than 18 million prescriptions that contained 527,749 invalid prescriber numbers. [Read More]
Doctors Balk at Vaccinating Pending Plan Reimbursement Increases
With a state-declared epidemic of whooping cough threatening to set a 50-year record of illness and death in the state, some California physicians are refusing to administer the vaccine to adults or children, saying that health plans aren't reimbursing them anywhere near what it costs them to buy it. [Read More]
New doctors could get shorter shifts under new proposal
Proposed work changes for medical residents may result in patients being told when they're treated by rookie doctors, who would get shorter shifts and better supervision. The proposal slightly revises regulations adopted seven years ago and would have the biggest impact on interns.[Read More]
Business Rx
'Doc Fix' Vote Contains Unwelcome News for Hospitals
After weeks of debate, the Senate finally agreed in a unanimous voice vote Friday to postpone a 21% decrease in Medicare and TRICARE physician reimbursements through a six-month period ending Nov. 30. But the vote comes with an unpleasant tradeoff for hospitals. [Read More]

Physician News
EHR, Operating Cost Hikes Challenge Practice Managers
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2010
U.S. Found Lagging Behind Other Nations in Health Quality, Access
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2010
Doctors Balk At Vaccinating Pending Plan Reimbursement Increases
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2010
OIG: Medicare Paid $1.2 Billion for Drugs with Invalid Prescriber Numbers
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2010
It's In the Bag: Bacteria Harbored In Reusable Grocery Bags May Be Causing Foodborne Illness
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2010
House Okays Doc Fix, Bill Sent to White House for Signature
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2010

Scrutiny over corporate role in educating doctors
New York Times June 27, 2010
HHS Asks Hospitals To Grant Visitation Rights Now
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2010
House passes plan to stop Medicare cuts to doctors
New York Times, June 25, 2010
CMS Update Indicates High Provider Success Rate In Appealing Denials
James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media June 25, 2010
Lawyer: HITECH Regs Coming By July 8
Don Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2010
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