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'Doc Fix' is Unfixable

Joe Cantlupe

Physicians are crossing their fingers—once again—as Congress nears a January 1 deadline to consider a "doc fix" or a 27.4% cut to Medicaid services. >>>


Editor's Picks

Nudging Physicians Toward Team-Based Care

Despite the the traditional doctor-first attitude that imbues the healthcare workflow, leadership can successfully re-engineer clinical care processes by engaging all members of the care team. >>>

IHI: Berwick on ACOs, Congress, Fraud

At the Institute for Healthcare Improvement annual forum, former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Don Berwick, MD, says his most rewarding moments were those in which he attracted the sharpest criticism. >>>

PCPs Link Social Barriers to Poor Health

In a survey released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 85% of primary care physicians say patients' social needs are as important to address as their medical conditions. >>>

Hospital Cafeteria Food Undermines Wellness Movement

While many hospitals talk the talk on improving nutrition, staff, patients, and visitors at hospital cafeterias still chew the fat, illustrating a persistent disconnect for the wellness movement in the healthcare workplace. >>>

News Headlines

Feds to allow use of Medicare data to rate doctors

Chicago Tribune/Associated Press, December 6, 2011

In health technology, an enthusiasm gap between startups, doctors

The Washington Post, December 8, 2011

What happens when critical access hospitals aren't so critical?

HealthLeaders Media, December 8, 2011

Too few doctors may be telling parents their kids are overweight

Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2011

Do med students know when to wash their hands?

The Wall Street Journal, December 5, 2011

How Safety-Net Hospital Closings Affect PCPs

HealthLeaders Media, December 7, 2011

Healthcare law changing behavior

USA Today, December 6, 2011

Healthcare Job Growth Up in November

HealthLeaders Media, December 6, 2011

Apple's secret plan to steal doctors' hearts

Wired, December 5, 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. >>>

Webcast: Tackle Physician Turnover Costs, Rev Up Recruitment

Date: December 20, 2011
About: Losing just one physician can mean a $1 million hit to your budget, and most facilities have turnover rates that are much higher. Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute webcast and Q&A, featuring Brett Walker, director, physician & provider recruiting, at Indiana University Health and J. Gregory Stovall, MD, senior VP of medical affairs for Trinity Mother Frances Health System. Learn proven techniques and strategies to address your recruitment and retention challenges. >>>

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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