Please add this newsletter to your Safe Sender list
View this email as a Web page | Manage Account

  February 13, 2014 Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

News Roundup: SGR's Days Are Numbered; Drug Shortage Persists

Jacqueline Fellows

The end of the sustainable growth rate formula is finally in sight, but the nation's primary care shortage and persistent drug shortage also made headlines this week. >>>


Editor's Picks

Congress Cuts Bipartisan Deal to Scrap SGR

Seeking to avert a cut in Medicare's physician payment rate set for April 1, lawmakers in the House and Senate have embraced a pact that would replace the sustainable growth rate formula with a payment system that includes a small rate increase for doctors. >>>

$128B SGR Repeal Deal Needs a Payment Plan

Congress has forged a long-awaited deal to push Medicare's payment system for physicians to a value-based model. But lawmakers have only seven weeks to agree on how to pay for it. >>>

Physicians Push for Say in Value-Based Payments Structure

The American Medical Association is backing an effort in Congress to push Medicare toward a value-based reimbursement system, but doctors are demanding a seat at the table when rules are set for transparency and assessing providers' performance. >>>

Demand for Physician Assistants Intensifies

The rise in demand for PA's can be attributed to growing interest from large integrated health systems, retail clinics, health centers, and concierge physician practices, says one healthcare recruiter. >>>

Strategies for Safer Hospital Medicine Also Cut Costs

New doctors are turning the tables on seasoned physician leaders by introducing strategies to improve quality by curtailing opportunities for medical error and harm. They're also saving hospitals millions in unnecessary spending. >>>

Hospital Engagement Networks Lauded for Lessening Hospital Harm, Costs

Hospitals participating in HENs have "decreased central line infections by more than 45%" in the last two years, says CMS. The largest coalition, operated by the American Hospital Association, says it has saved $201 million. >>>

ECRI Cautions Hospitals About Tech Hype

Independent research from the non-profit ECRI Institute aims to distinguish between must-have hospital technologies and manufacturer hype. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: Healthcare Analytics—The New Business Currency

Providers must master data analytics to succeed in the new world of healthcare. This report explores the gains and gaps in this race to the future. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

Hospitals' dialysis plan is under new scrutiny

The New York Times, February 13, 2014

Baptist Health CEO: Psych beds being cut in national trend because they're unprofitable

The Florida Times-Union, February 13, 2014

Do doctors need EHR 'scribes'?

InformationWeek, February 13, 2014

Vast study casts doubts on value of mammograms

The New York Times, February 12, 2014

Telemedicine bolsters ICU care in rural Maryland hospitals

Kaiser Health News / The Baltimore Sun, February 12, 2014

Prescription drug database gets first-round approval in MO House

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 12, 2014

Hospitals push back on proposal to extend cuts

The Hill, February 11, 2014

Shortages of critical drugs continue to vex doctors

The New York Times, February 11, 2014

NC hospital apologizes for exposure to disease / Associated Press, February 11, 2014

Meet the man set to take on 1 million Dallas patients (and what he plans to do)

The Dallas Morning News, February 10, 2014

Stay Connected to HealthLeaders

Don't Miss the News You Want.

Spam filters exist for a reason, but not for the news you need. Make sure you aren’t missing your daily and/or weekly industry coverage. Add our address -- -- to your address book or e-mail whitelist to keep the news you need in your inbox.

Is All of Your Leadership Team In The Know?

Our award-winning Daily News & Analysis e-newsletter can keep your leadership team abreast of relevant breaking news, and with in-depth industry coverage through 10 weekly e-newsletters that hit every pillar of healthcare, we've got your whole leadership team covered. Subscribe to any -- or all -- of our e-newsletters.


Webcast: Physician-Led Population Health Programs—New Skills for Success

Date: February 24, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET Join clinical improvement experts as they define new expectations for population health management and outline the leadership skills necessary for physicians to direct a successful program. Register Today >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine

In Search of EHR's ROI

As healthcare leaders continue to pour money into electronic health record systems, many (but not all) find the return on the investment remains elusive. >>>


Life or Death for Small Systems?


Capital Spending Reflects New Era in Healthcare

Sponsor this Newsletter

For advertising opportunities in this or other HealthLeaders Media email newsletters, please contact or call 800.639.7477.

  MAGAZINE | NEWS | TERMS OF SERVICE | PRIVACY POLICY | ADVERTISE Follow us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterJoin us on LinkedInRSS feed

©2014 HealthLeaders Media

If you prefer not to receive this email newsletter, you can unsubscribe here
HealthLeaders Media PhysicianLeaders is a division of HealthLeaders Media
5115 Maryland Way - Brentwood, TN 21027
Serving the business information needs of healthcare executives and professionals.