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AMA Faces a Crossroads
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

The Florida Medical Association is considering a resolution to remove itself from the American Medical Association; a sign of the times among conservatives who believe the AMA did not fairly represent physicians during healthcare reform debates.[Read More]
  July 29, 2010

Editor's Picks
Doctors Need Decision Support in Ordering Imaging Diagnostics
Cheryl Clark, senior editor for HealthLeaders Media, says it seems implausible that some doctors---perhaps because of time constraints or the confidence they have in their referral base---might fall into a habit of routinely ordering costly CTs, with levels of ionizing radiation at potentially cancer-causing levels, even when an ultrasound, MRI, or a simple X-ray would be a safer choice.[Read More]
Rite Aid to Pay $1 Million for Potential Patient Privacy Breaches
Rite Aid Corporation could have avoided a $1 million fine by simply enforcing its HIPAA policies and procedures and providing ongoing staff training, experts say. Rite Aid, of East Pennsboro Township, PA, and its 40 affiliated entities agreed to pay the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $1 million for potential HIPAA privacy violations.[Read More]
Despite Recent Layoffs, Hospitals May Be Poised for Hiring
Although the second quarter of 2010 was not kind to hospitals, John Commins, senior editor for HealthLeaders Media, says David Cherner, managing partner of Health Workforce Solutions, LLC, says he remains "bullish" on hospital hiring. [Read More]
AHRQ Expands Data on Health Insurance, Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's annual release of state-by-state quality data now has data on health insurance, including healthcare quality categorized by private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and the uninsured, AHRQ announced.[Read More]
Seniors Unclear on Healthcare Reform Law
While the new healthcare reform law calls for significant changes to the payment process for care delivered under Medicare, that information has not been effectively filtering down to the major beneficiaries of that care. According to a survey released by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) on Monday, many seniors appeared to not know how the law would be impacting their healthcare.[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
Practice Management Software Toolkit Released by AMA, MGMA
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2010
ACP Recommends Changes to Accommodate Multicultural Patients
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2010
CMS Announces $10 Million Imaging DSS Demo
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2010
Healthcare law has more doctors teaming up
Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2010

Hospital savings, salaries for doctors, not fees
New York Times, July 27, 2010
FCC, FDA, and WWHI Meet to Progress Wireless Healthcare Reform
TMCnet, July 18, 2010
Rex cancer center approved
The News & Observer, July 22, 2010
Vestar to Aquire HealthGrades for $294 million
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2010
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