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A Doctor's Vanishing Dream
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

TV and movies have often focused on physicians, but with barely a glimmer of reality attached. To give his perspective, Ryan Flesher, MD, spent four years directing "The Vanishing Oath," a documentary which explores the underbelly of a doctor's lot: billing codes, malpractice, their feelings about patients, and patients' feelings about them.[Read More]
  July 15, 2010

Editor's Picks
HHS Meaningful Use Final Rule Draws Guarded Initial Praise
The release of HHS' long-awaited meaningful use requirements for healthcare information technology drew generally favorable, but guarded reviews from patient, physician, and hospital advocacy groups, the most important being what hospitals and clinicians must do with EHRs to be considered meaningful users in 2011 and 2012.[Read More]
Private Practices Revealed On Patient Breach Website
The names of "private practices" reporting breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals have been revealed by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), enforcer of the HIPAA privacy and security rules, lifted the label of anonymity in its breach notification website last week.[Read More]
Malpractice Data Analysis Offers Window into Surgical Error
Malpractice shouldn't always invoke images of spiraling insurance rates, because malpractice data can often be used for the purpose of fostering patient safety. [Read More]
Physician-Patient E-mail Improves Quality, Study Finds
Some doctors have been reluctant to communicate with patients via e?mail, in part because of reimbursement and medical liability concerns. But a new study in Health Affairs provides a compelling case for opening up the inbox to patients: It may improve the quality of care.[Read More]
Business Rx
Healthcare Reform Gains Some Public Support
Although public opinion about the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains split, support for the overhaul has increased steadily since the legislation was passed in March.[Read More]
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Physician News
Reactions to Berwick's CMS Appointment
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2010
U.S. Low on Hospital Beds, Physician Visits, High on Costs
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2010
Automated Calls Increase Colon Cancer Screenings
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2010
Hospital Ads Suggest Medicare Reimbursement Cuts Will Hurt Care Quality
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media,July 13, 2010

House Members Call On CMS To Change Hospital Payment Reductions
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2010
Providers Must Cut Costs 14% to Break Even, Study Says
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2010
White House HIV/AIDs Strategy Calls on Providers for Action
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2010
FIU College of Medicine Affiliates with Cleveland Clinic Florida
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2010
Relief Obtained For Pain, Dry Mouth Linked With Head And Neck Cancer
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2010
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