Almost half of the doctors surveyed by Mayo Clinic researchers acknowledge that they "try not to think about the cost to the healthcare system when making treatment decisions." More than half blame attorneys, health plans, and hospitals for growing costs. >>>
A study finds that the risk of injury deaths is 22% higher in the most rural counties than in the most urban areas. While the data reveals some surprising findings, the lead author says she can only speculate as to the reasons why. >>>
Georgia's new 23-hospital collaborative, with its focus on operational initiatives and improving population health, "represents a formidable force with substantial bargaining power" and may be the first stage of something bigger, says one healthcare analyst. >>>
Observers believe such a change would result in potentially far-reaching consequences for companies that fall under the purview of the SEC, including private, for-profit hospitals, their directors, officers, and employees. >>>
Researchers report that the existing distribution model of organs for liver transplants is unbalanced and depends upon longstanding relationships among medical centers. Organ donor advocates are calling for a change in the allocation process. >>>
The American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association say they support widespread adoption of electronic health records, but are asking for flexibility to meet the program's requirements. >>>
The health insurer's goal is to shift its physician network from fee-for-service payments to a value-based compensation model that rewards physicians for the quality of that care and may reduce healthcare costs. >>>
Perhaps it's time for federal regulators to examine themselves, because it certainly appears there's too much oversight that inhibits physicians from doing their jobs, and too little to ensure that they do their jobs right. >>>
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