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Fighting the Tide Against Independent Physicians

Philip Betbeze

Independent physician practices are slowly fading away, and with the advent of healthcare reform, the pace may be about to get much quicker. One group is trying to give doctors tools to remain independent. >>>


Editor's Picks

Commission: MA should be able to reject above-norm health prices

Massachusetts officials would be empowered to reject certain rates charged by hospitals for medical services under a plan recommended by a commission of prominent health care stakeholders, lawmakers and experts that has studied the issues since June. >>>

'Observation' Status Prompts Federal Class Action Suit

The Center for Medicare Advocacy and the National Senior Citizens Law Center have filed petitions in U.S. District Court against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The lawsuit aims "to end the use of observation status as a way of depriving people of Part A Medicare coverage." >>>

Wal-Mart considers expanding healthcare services at its clinics

The Arkansas retail giant is looking to partner with outside healthcare companies to treat and manage a range of serious medical conditions—including HIV, diabetes, arthritis and clinical depression—at 140 store clinics nationwide. The move potentially ses the stage to turn the nation's largest retailer into a major primary care service provider for millions of Americans. >>>

KY healthcare group may get $83M in hospital merger

The merger of three Kentucky hospital systems would bring $83 million to the nonprofit parent of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare, which it plans to use for medical causes and research, as well as supporting the local Jewish community. >>>

News Headlines

Health law survives test in appeals court

The New York Times, November 9, 2011

Federal database on doctors is available again

Post-Dispatch, November 10, 2011

IOM Issues 10 HIT Recommendations for Patient Safety

HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2011

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

HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2011

Details of Highmark-West Penn Allegheny agreement released

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 9, 2011

MD to increase primary care health workforce by 25%

The Baltimore Sun, November 9, 2011

IL declines to investigate vast majority of hospital complaints

Chicago Tribune, November 9, 2011

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Webcast: On-Call Compensation—Data-Driven Solutions

Date: December 6, 2011
About: By engaging physicians in a data-driven approach to payment, you can develop a workable solution to the call coverage conundrum. Join compensation experts from Children's Hospital of Orange County and ECG Management for strategies for affordable, sustainable call compensation. >>>

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.  >>>

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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