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Medicare Payments to CRNAs Irk Anesthesiologists, Again

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

A Medicare ruling restoring payments to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists for services performed to the full extent of their scope of practice is raising the ire of some physicians. >>>


Editor's Picks

ACO Recruiting Turns to Non-Physicians

More than 80% of executives expect to increase recruitment of non-physician providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants to take over physician functions under the accountable care organizations model, a recruiting survey shows. >>>

Mount Sinai Innovates to Absorb Evacuated Patients

When NYU Langone Medical Center needed to move critically ill patients out of its storm-crippled hospital, Mount Sinai came up with a way to accommodate them. >>>

Healthcare Job Growth Continues for Now

Healthcare added 31,000 jobs in October, but that's fewer than in September. "It's hard to reduce overall costs while keeping hiring levels and labor expenses high," says one economist. >>>

Physician Pay Wars' Winners and Losers

Family practitioners stand to receive a 7% reimbursement increase while pathologists will lose almost as much under the final federal fee schedule for physician and specialty provider groups released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. >>>

NCQA: Health Plan Quality of Care is Improving

In its annual report, the National Committee for Quality Assurance finds "some very impressive results," particularly around obesity, where a greater focus has been measured, says the committee's president. >>>

Smoke-Free Workplace Laws Provide Blueprint for Prevention

Minnesota's hospitals have been smoke-free for more than 10 years. Two studies suggest that workplace smoking bans are proving to be remarkably effective tools for reducing a smoking-related illnesses. >>>

Intelligence Report

Executive Compensation—New Metrics and Skill Sets

38% of healthcare leaders are ready to overhaul their executive compensation strategies. The shift to value-based purchasing is revolutionizing how healthcare providers hire, evaluate, compensate, and incentivize executives. This report examines in detail how organizations are tying compensation to both financial performance and clinical metrics.


News Headlines

One dead, three injured in Durham hospital fire

WTVD-TV, November 6, 2012

Healthcare experts balance patient-reported data promise, problems

InformationWeek, November 6, 2012

Chasing clues to detect outbreak

The New York Times, November 6, 2012

Free clinics try to fill needs of uninsured in NV

Las Vegas Review-Journal, November 6, 2012

IBM's Watson hits medical school

InformationWeek, November 6, 2012

TX fire dept joins hospital to reduce ED visits

Midland Report-Telegram, November 5, 2012

At Bellevue, a desperate fight to ensure patients' safety

The New York Times, November 2, 2012

Parkland turns to phlebotomists, not nurses, to draw blood

Dallas Business Journal, November 2, 2012

Why Did NYU Langone's Emergency Generators Fail?

HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2012

A Colonoscopy Campaign for Gilligan's Island Watchers

HealthLeaders Media, October 31, 2012

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