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Spine Surgeons Waste Millions On Opened, Unused Implant Devices

Joe Cantlupe

Surgeons at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center estimate that more than $126 million a year is spent nationwide by spine surgeons improperly using or disposing of medical implant devices, but say that waste easily can be avoided. >>>


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Doctors Await Decision on SGR, Pay Cuts

If no solution is found to the sustainable growth rate formula conundrum, physician groups predict reductions in the number of Medicare patients that physicians are willing to see and serious threats to the financial viability of many practices, possibly leading to mass retirements of doctors. >>>

IOM Issues 10 HIT Recommendations for Patient Safety

Even as providers rush to implement health information technology systems, there is an underappreciated chance that the use of computers might cause harm to patients, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. >>>

Do-It-Yourself IT Solutions

Providers’ goals for achieving meaningful use are at risk, in part, because of a shortage of IT techs. Now leaders are considering in-house efforts. But supply continues to trail demand. >>>

MD to increase primary care health workforce by 25%

Maryland officials have announced a plan to increase the number of primary care health professionals by as much as 25% in the next decade through a wide range of goals that include increased educational opportunities, financial incentives and tort reform. >>>

News Headlines

Jury Awards $52M to MRI Group in Suit with ID Medical Center

HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2011

Federal database on doctors is available again

Post-Dispatch, November 10, 2011

Radiologist tells FDA to change mammography rules

The Record, November 10, 2011

Study raises questions about 'bundling' to pay docs

The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2011

Docs' manners can affect patient outcomes

Seattle Times/Scripps Howard News Service, November 8, 2011

Tying hospital payments to patient satisfaction

The Wall Street Journal, November 9, 2011

Nationwide geriatrician shortage to worsen as boomers age

The Detroit News/Associated Press, November 7, 2011

'Observation' Status Prompts Federal Class Action Suit

HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2011

Intern gap frustrates clinicians in training

The New York Times, November 8, 2011

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Rounds: A Programmatic Approach to Cancer Care

Date: December 16, 2011
About: Attend on-site or via live simulcast. Live at host Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center with invited guest UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, learn from one of the world's most respected cancer brands as it takes its proven success models to a community health system.  >>>

Webcast: Winning With Value-Based Purchasing

Date: November 17, 2011
About: Value-based purchasing brings real financial implications in the amount of CMS payment at risk, quality penalties, and the investments required to avoid those penalties. The stability of your future finances depends on your ability to successfully implement VBP. Join us for a 60-minute audio conference with VBP experts from Aurora Health Care and Premier. >>>

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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