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Physicians Aren't Giving Patients the Whole Story
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

In their consultations with patients, physicians are too often omitting information about medical decisions, leaving patients unprepared to make fully informed decisions about their care, researchers say.[Read More]
  October 14, 2010

Editor's Picks
CMS Unveils Billing Coding Guidance
CMS and the Medicare Learning Network recently released the Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter; the first in a series of publications intended to offer providers guidance on avoiding common Medicare billing and general errors. [Read More]
GPOs Driving Up Hospitals Medical Device Costs, Say Manufacturers
Fed up with what they say are supplier kickbacks to group purchasing organizations (GPOs), medical device manufacturers are spreading the message that these arrangements are actually driving up costs rather than lowering them as intended. [Read More]
Rise in Hospital Consolidations 'Favorable,' says Moody's
We learned the principles of economics in our youthful days at the lemonade stand; for every cup of lemonade we sold, we earned more money. The State of Hospital Medicine: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data explains that, supplemented with incentives, hospitalists perform more work and earn higher compensation even if they start with a lower fixed base salary.[Read More]
First patient treated in U.S. approved embryonic stem cell trial
The first patient to be treated in a U.S.-government-approved study involving human embryonic stem cells has been injected with millions of the potentially life saving cells. The patient, being cared for at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, is partially paralyzed following a spinal cord injury. The center specializes in treating these types of injuries.[Read More]
Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned.[Read More]
Register Today for Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination
Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131 or click here.
Business Rx
6 Tips for Selling Your Practice to a Corporation
For some physicians, selling their practice to a corporation can result in years of recovery and regret without legal recourse. Don't let a corporate strategy turn potential mutually beneficial situation into a nightmare—here are six tips for avoiding common pitfalls when selling a practice. [Read More]
Physician News
CMS Unveils Billing, Coding Guidance
Scott Honiberg and Jeffrey Weinstein, for HealthLeaders Media, October 4, 2010
IOM Elects 65 Members
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, for HealthLeaders Media, October 12, 2010
HIPAA Compliance Requires Coding, Processes Update by Medicare
Julie McCoy, HealthLeaders Media, October 12, 2010
OIG: Organ Donor Network Inappropriately Used Funds
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

Career Ladders Strengthen Coordinators' Professional Development
Julie McCoy, HealthLeaders Media, October 12, 2010
Depression May Contribute to Hospital Readmission Rates
Roxanna Guilford-Blake for HealthLeaders Media, October 12, 2010
Physician revives a dying art: the physical
New York Times, October 12, 2010
Africa: $150 million from U.S. to train doctors in a dozen countries
New York Times, October 12, 2010
Beaumont Hospital (MI) to Lay Off up to 50 managers and administrators
The Detroit News, October 12, 2010
Medical Scribes in High Demand
The Miami Herald, October 11, 2010
'The doctor will see you now,"—in the clinic at the mall
Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 11, 2010
20 highest-paying jobs
CNN, October 13, 2010
LA hospital treated babies despite staff shortages
Mercury News, October 13, 2010
NJ doctor loses bid to restore suspended medical license
Press of Atlantic City, October 13, 2010

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