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Uncertainty Colors Physicians' Watch List

Jacqueline Fellows

The top issues on the Physicians Foundation Watch List for 2014 are related to healthcare reform. Some matters, such as health insurance exchanges, are no longer a theoretical concern, but an emergent and very real one. >>>


Editor's Picks

Q&A: Ardis Dee Hoven 'Optimistic' SGR Will Be Repealed

Citing bipartisan support in Congress, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, president of the American Medical Association, believes a "doc fix," in the form of a  total repeal of the sustainable growth rate funding formula for physicians, is imminent. >>>

MU Compliance Announcement Sparks Concern, Confusion

An announcement from CMS on Meaningful Use implementation deadline changes obscures the fact that the agency fully expects all Stage 2 start dates to remain unchanged. >>>

CommonWell EHR Interoperability Pilot Announced

The electronic health record vendors in the first series of CommonWell Alliance pilots include Allscripts, Athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway, McKesson, RelayHealth and Sunquest. Testing will begin January 1. >>>

Give Nurses in Wheelchairs a Chance

Although some nurse leaders cling to the rigid requirements of the profession, others are making accommodations for nurses in wheelchairs, sending a powerful message to patients in the process. >>>

1 in 5 CT Screenings for Lung Cancer Results in Overdiagnosis

"Some of these individuals would never have known they had lung cancer, and never would have been treated for lung cancer… and would have died from other causes rather than from this disease," says one researcher. >>>

Telehealth Improves Patient Care in ICUs

Patient survival of ICUs is 26% more likely when backed by eICU services, and patients are discharged faster from the ICU and the hospital, a new study finds. >>>

News Roundup: Healthcare Gains Jobs, CT Hospital Strike Continues

Hospital and health system job growth looks strong, Connecticut sees its first hospital strike in 25 years, and a hospital worker convicted of infecting patients is sentenced in New Hampshire. >>>

Relief in Sight for Federally Qualified Health Centers

Because of medical liability concerns, federally qualified health centers have been mostly unable to tap into the good will of local clinicians who want to volunteer their medical services. Pending legislation may turn that around. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Cost Containment—Harnessing Data to Drive Revenue Cycle and Productivity

This report reveals how data analytics can drive meaningful cost containment strategies without negative impacts on quality and patient satisfaction. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

Hospitals vow to reverse budget cuts

The Hill, December 12, 2013

Parkland Hospital sees decline in patient grievances and complaints

The Dallas Morning News, December 12, 2013

Obesity rate flat for first time in decades, health rankings find

Kaiser Health News, December 12, 2013

Doctor gets jail time, $562,500 penalty in improper-billing case

Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2013

Bipartisan fix advancing for Medicare doctors' pay

The Kansas City Star / Associated Press, December 11, 2013

Medicare beneficiaries have good access to doctors, study finds

Kaiser Health News, December 11, 2013

Work continues to fix problems raised by hepatitis C outbreak

Star Tribune / Associated Press, December 11, 2013

Some CA insurance plans narrow doctor, hospital choices

Kaiser Health News / Capital Public Radio, December 10, 2013

Rehospitalization rates fell in first year of Medicare penalties

Kaiser Health News, December 10, 2013

Opinion: No, there won't be a doctor shortage

The New York Times, December 6, 2013

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