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Physicians: Get Over Your Fear of Electronic Messaging
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

The more effectively patients and physicians can communicate the better healthcare will be. And that includes better electronic communications, such as by e-mail. Yes, I understand doctors’ concerns that it would take up too much of their time—uncompensated time at that—and expose them to liability and leave an electronic trail of typos. But I believe that deep down inside they also know it is the right thing to do. [Read More]
August 03, 2010  
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The American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association jointly unveiled a toolkit today that's designed to help physicians pick the most appropriate and cost-effective software to run their practices. "Selecting the right software to manage a practice has become increasingly challenging due to the rapidly-changing health care environment," says AMA President Cecil B. Wilson, MD. "Physicians who submit claims and do other business functions electronically and those who plan to participate in the government's EHR incentive program will need to upgrade or replace their current practice management software (PMS)." The toolkit?Selecting a Practice Management System?is free to AMA and MGMA members on their associations' Web sites. [Read More]

CMS Announces $10 Million Imaging DSS Demo
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes to fund a $10 million demonstration of software packages with "appropriateness criteria" or "decision support systems" to help physicians decide whether a patient needs a CT, MRI, or other scan. "There have been a lot of press and a lot of reports about overutilization of imaging services, and the potential for harm, and I'm sure that had something to do with this," says Joshua Cooper, senior director of government relations for the American College of Radiology.[Read More]

Survey: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
Physician alignment has never been more critical than now. In this era of healthcare reform and systemic change, the relationship between physicians and the hospitals where they practice is undergoing considerable scrutiny. The HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit is surveying healthcare leaders to assess the challenges and threats you will be facing in the coming months. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your confidential answers will be reported in aggregate and not tied directly to you or your organization. Results will be shared in an upcoming issue of HealthLeaders Magazine.[Take the survey]
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