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Stop the Blustering About High-risk Patients
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor

Despite much handwringing over physician discrimination against high-risk patients, empirical evidence of it is limited, a report shows. Patients are not being turned away in droves, despite bluster from surgeons who claim that they are. Maybe they just don't like the transparency.[Read More]
  October 21, 2010

Editor's Picks
5 Hospital CEOs Who Get It
Hospital CEOs have been getting a lot of bad press lately—and not necessarily ill-deserved. In fact, HealthLeaders Media Senior Editor John Commins chronicled the personal faux pas of several hospital leaders in his September column, "Executives Gone Wild: Paying the Price for Personal Conduct." But for every CEO who tarnishes his or her hospital's name, there are hundreds who should be hailed for their dedication to healthcare. Here's a look at five chief executives who are going beyond the call of duty to improve patient and employee satisfaction. [Read More]
Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration Improves Outcomes
Two studies indicate that adding pharmacists to the primary care team for joint care management increases medical benefits. [Read More]
Challenging Times for Physicians
The healthcare industry is undergoing significant change, and several recent events could affect physician practices in clinical and financial ways. HealthLeaders Media online news staffers Cheryl Clark and Janice Simmons have filed stories related to malpractice cases, physician visits, and controlled substance prescriptions.[Read More]
Team Training Slashes Surgical Morbidity, Study Says
Research published in a JAMA report shows a nearly 50% greater decrease in the annual surgical mortality rate of a group whose members participated in a medical team training program than a group whose members did not. [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 a potential mutually beneficial situation into a nightmare—here are six tips on common pitfalls to avoid when selling a practice. [Read More]
Physician News
IRS Nabs NC Physician for Tax Scam
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2010
Scripps Health to Restructure Management
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2010
Hospitals Responsible for Physicians' Bad Behavior
Liz Jones for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2010

Surgery on wrong patients, surgical sites persists
Bloomberg Businessweek, October 20, 2010
Changes to healthcare bring added stress to hospital administrators
MPR News, October 20, 2010
CA Reports Stroke Rates in Bypass Surgery Data
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2010
CRC Screening Guideline Adherence Low
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2010
Severe Radiation Oncologist Shortage Forecast
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2010
6 Tips for Selling Your Practice to a Corporation
Todd Neely, President of NanoImproved, and Marybeth Regan, PhD, for HealthLeaders Media, October 14, 2010
States' Medicaid Funding Falls $1.7B Short
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2010
MA medical group sees severe shortages in 10 specialties
The Boston Herald, October 20, 2010
Surgery on wrong patients, surgical sites persists
Bloomberg Businessweek, October 20, 2010
MA doctors are earning drug firms' dollars
The Boston Globe, October 19, 2010

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