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7 Wasteful Physician Practices

Joe Cantlupe

Physicians and hospitals have been adopting checklists to ensure proper patient care. Now it’s time to take the checklist premise further, to find procedures that should be minimized or eliminated altogether. >>>


Editor's Picks

MGMA: Patient Safety Checklists Cut Costs at Physician Practices

Physician groups looking to make their practices more efficient should develop patient safety lists for dealing with both emergent events and routine activities, says a practice management expert at the annual Medical Group Management Association conference. >>>

ACO Final Rule: 10 Healthcare Leaders Sound Off

While the final rules governing accountable care organizations allow numerous concessions and dangle many carrots to woo providers, many healthcare leaders still have serious concerns.

HIT Barriers to Patient Engagement Persist

The correlation between accountable care models and healthcare information technology that connects and engages patients permeates conversations at The Center for Connected Health annual symposium in Boston. >>>

ACO Alerts: Antitrust & Exempt-Status Implications

Despite the relaxed rules for forming ACOs, new guidelines from three federal guidelines on antitrust violations and tax-exempt status show that the feds will be watching. Healthcare organizations should proceed with caution. >>>

News Headlines

ACOs Seen As Tough Sell, Despite Concessions

HealthLeaders Media, October 24, 2011

EMR may increase malpractice lawsuit risk

InformationWeek, October 26, 2011

CA Details Bariatric Surgery Trends by Hospital

HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2011

Device makers implant lots of money with hip, knee surgeons

Journal Sentinal, October 26, 2011

Medicare safety data criticized as flawed

InformationWeek, October 25, 2011

Doctors ask feds to review Medi-Cal rates

California Watch, October 27, 2011

Colonoscopy lawsuit results in $2 million award

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 25, 2011

Big rig full of cadavers excites doctors

San Jose Mercury News, October 27, 2011

State investigates thefts of prescription pads at hospitals

The New York Times, October 25, 2011

Survey reveals reasons doctors avoid online error-reporting tools

The JHU Gazette, October 25, 2011

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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

Date: November 11, 2011
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participate via live simulcast. Live from host St. Joseph Health System—reaching the vision of patient–centered medical home requires strong links between hospital and physician to achieve best patient outcomes. Join us for the dialogue in a special, complimentary Rounds, sponsored by RelayHealth.

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Date: November 8, 2011
About: In this 90-minute Webcast, benefit from lessons learned from Catholic Health Initiatives’ communication campaign for EHR implementation, and learn what your service lines can mean for marketing opportunities. >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine

Patient Engagement Takes Physician Leadership

As providers become increasingly accountable for healthcare outcomes, patient engagement grows in significance. Individuals should take responsibility for their health, but what role do the providers play in turning consumers of care into partners in care? >>>


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