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Filling the Demand for Mental Health Specialists
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
We repeatedly hear warnings about the looming shortage of doctors, a crisis intensifying by 2014 when reform provisions allow 30 million people who now lack health insurance to afford medical care. But who is paying attention to whether there will be enough specialists in behavioral or mental health to treat them all? [Read More]
July 28, 2010
Editor's Picks

Physician Compensation Up for 3 in 4 Specialties
For all the angst expressed by physician groups over pay consult codes and the SGR, it turns out that 76% of all specialties got a raise last year, according to this survey of medical group compensation. Pulmonary disease specialists did the best, with 10.37% increase, followed by dermatologists, 7%.[Read More]

Standalone Hospitals: An Endangered Species?
Our senior leadership editor Philip Betbeze provides some insight in whether the standalone hospital is truly on the road to destruction, as many suggest in this era of health reform. He thinks probably not, and that hospitals will not close down. They are going to have to manage smarter, however.[Read More]

The Beginning of Bundling
Dialysis services for nearly 330,000 Medicare patients with end stage renal disease will be paid under a new system that creates a bundled, case-adjusted rate starting Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday with its final rule. This isn't just a demo, as our editor Elyas Bakhtiari points out in his weekly column.[Read More]

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With the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, along with the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, major change will be coming to the way healthcare is organized, delivered, and managed in the United States. Healthcare leaders have been dealing with constant change for the past 30 years, but now the rate of change will need to accelerate in order to achieve success in a reformed healthcare environment. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

After stroke scans, patients face serious health risks
The New York Times – August 02, 2010
Why physicians hate to admit their errors, even to themselves
The Washington Post – August 04, 2010
FDA moves toward tighter medical device oversight
Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP – August 04, 2010
UT Southwestern faculty let unsupervised resident doctors operate at Parkland
Minneapolis Star Tribune – July 23, 2010

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