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Malpractice Insurance, Defensive Medicine Apparently Not That Big a Deal
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Sure, greedy, ambulance-chasing lawyers are filing frivolous lawsuits. But hospitals and physicians sometimes get away with malpractice, too. That doesn't mean the whole system is broken. In fact, it's in a lot better shape than it used to be.
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  September 10, 2010

Editor's Picks
Physicians: Mobile Devices Expedite Decision Making
It's funny how some things change. I remember when physicians hated the idea of using a computer—handheld or otherwise—in the provision of patient care. Now, according to a study on which my colleague John Commins reports, it's entirely the other way around. Two thirds of physicians say they are using personal devices for mobile health solutions that aren't connected to their practice or hospital IT systems, but nearly a third said their hospital or practice leaders will not support the use of mobile health devices. I remember when hospitals were beating themselves over the head over physician intransigence. Looks like it's hospitals being pushed by physicians now. [Read More]
Community hospitals scramble to survive, stay independent
We've been telling you about the problems community hospitals face staying independent for years now, so there's not a lot of news here, however, it's interesting to see how a general interest newspaper tackles this reality. This story looks at how the new healthcare reform law could make it much more difficult to remain independent. It feels like the same story we saw years ago as Wal-Mart shut down local hardware and grocery stores because of its efficiency. Whether you think that's a good or bad thing, that trend did lower prices. [Read More]
How Patient-centered Surgery Boosts Hospitals' Bottom Line
Surgical services are a leading source of revenue for many hospitals. The OR increasingly acts as a financial engine for the organization, and more complex surgeries and greater volume typically add up to a better bottom line. But from the patient's perspective, surgery is scary and unknown. Whereas hospitals and physicians increasingly depend on surgical volume, patients want to be cut open as infrequently as possible—ideally, never. However, these disparate views on surgical services converge in the growing movement to make healthcare more patient-centered. As one of the most frightening and expensive stages in the care continuum, surgery has the most to gain from a more patient-centric approach. [Read More]
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