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Can a Doctor's Smartphone App Thwart Lawsuits?

Joe Cantlupe

Defensive medicine is a major headache for physicians and costly for the healthcare system. After being embroiled in a lawsuit, a New Jersey physician launched a smartphone app to help improve communication between doctor and patient and derail potential litigation. >>>


Editor's Picks

AMA: Health Insurers Slash Claims Mistakes in Half

In an all-too-rare bit of good news from the realm of provider reimbursements, commercial health insurers posted a significant reduction in bungled medical claims in 2012, says the American Medical Association. >>>

Wendell Potter: Health Insurance Industry Lacks Unified Opinion on Reform

In an interview with HealthLeaders, the former health insurance industry whistleblower and now analyst assesses the industry's divided stance in advance of the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. >>>

AMA, AHA at Odds Over 'Surprise' Medicare Final Rule

The American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association have sent letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to register their respective displeasure over provisions in a final Medicare rule that affect physician influence over hospital decisions. >>>

Hospital-Acquired VTE Still a Leading Cause of Death

While a few hospitals are getting better at recognizing the importance of hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism prevention, the number of cases, and deaths, are not going down, two reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. >>>

MedPAC Recommends FFS Benefit Changes

Medicare's fee-for-service benefit design should be changed to provide better protection against high out-of-pocket cost sharing and to encourage beneficiaries to make better healthcare decisions, says the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Collaborating to Improve Care and Cut Costs

Initiating collaborative relationships is the key to improved quality, most healthcare leaders say in this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Many also agree that major increases in HIT spending are necessary, but others are more cautious about spending for technology improvements. Download the free report with exclusive research and analysis. >>>

News Headlines

Getting past healthcare's individual mandate

Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2012

Geisinger, Merck team up to make sure patients follow doctors’ orders

Philadelphia Inquirer, June 20, 2012

Hospital-to-Home Program Aims to Reduce Readmissions

HealthLeaders Media, June 19, 2012

Health reform without a mandate: Lessons from WA

The Washington Post, June 19, 2012

Life after healthcare ruling

The New York Times, June 19, 2012

CA court allows unsupervised nurses to give anesthetics

The San Francisco Chronicle, June 19, 2012

Hep. C outbreak at Exeter Hospital raises questions

Nashua Telegraph, June 18, 2012

Assuming the doctor's a 'he'

The New York Times, June 15, 2012

Parents could skip doctor's office with this device

Technology Review, June 15, 2012

Many doctors use limited Spanish skills with patients

Reuters, June 15, 2012

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LIVE Webcast: Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Learn readmissions approaches that work from speakers at leading healthcare systems. You'll leave this interactive webcast with strategies to standardize care protocols for cardiac and pneumonia patients, improve federal funding for these initiatives, and assess and assign patient risk for readmission, including Medicare FFS patients. >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine

ACO Blueprints: Options in Accountability

As the healthcare industry moves away from a transaction-based system, leading organizations are exploring accountable care models of various types. >>>


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