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Get Ready for Shift from Patient to Healthcare Consumer

John Commins

The rise of the high-deductible health insurance plan and other economic forces are increasingly turning patients into healthcare consumers. Common sense says this move will reduce utilization as healthcare consumers rethink elective care or shop around for the best deal. >>>


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Physician Burnout Pervasive

In a study comparing levels of burnout and exhaustion among 24 physician specialty groups, 65% of emergency room doctors, 55% of internists, and 52% of neurologists indicated they were burned out. >>>

TX Medical Board Rapped for Poor Oversight

A consumer safety advocacy group says its review of data shows that physician oversight in Texas is weak. Comparative data from other states, however, suggests the state's record is among the strongest in the nation, says the Texas Medical Board. >>>

ANF to Nurses: Get Some Sleep

An increasing body of research shows the critical importance of sleep on cognitive function and decision making. Healthcare professionals are prime candidates for education and awareness around the profound effects of insufficient rest, the American Nurses Foundation says. >>>

Developing High-Quality Patient-Centered Care

Sharp HealthCare in San Diego examined its methods, zapped redundancies, and created a successful and sustainable patient-centered care model. The key was building an orchestrated, consistent process. >>>

'Hospital of the Future's' Top 20 Features

Suburban San Diego's $1 billion Palomar Medical Center, which opened this week, boasts several features no other hospital in the country has, says CEO Michael Covert. But they're not just for show; they're meant to improve quality of care. >>>

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News Headlines

Affordable Care Act driving healthcare mergers

The Washington Post, August 27, 2012

Some hospital networks also become insurers

The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, August 27, 2012

Proposed Medicaid fraud rules worry providers

The Texas Tribune, August 24, 2012

Memorial Health to pay over $1M after federal probe of patient referral practices

The Chattanoogan, August 24, 2012

Leading surgeons leave FL hospital for competitor, take staff

Tampa Bay Times, August 24, 2012

More than a third of primary care delivered by specialty doctors

The Washington Post, August 23, 2012

Northwestern hospital confirms 230 layoffs

Chicago Tribune, August 23, 2012

Jackson Health System explores outsourcing ER docs, billing and collections

Miami Herald, August 22, 2012

NH not backing down on testing hospital staff, August 21, 2012

Studies question medical rewards for physicians

The Boston Globe, August 21, 2012

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