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Doc Shortage 'Fix' Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

Cheryl Clark

Pending legislation in Missouri would create a new class of medical license, "the assistant physician." Critics say it would establish a reprehensible dual standard of care, one for the rural and underserved and another for everyone else. >>>


Editor's Picks

Critical Times for Small and Rural Hospitals

For healthcare facilities that serve an important niche, such as critical access hospitals, a variety of pressures are changing the way they do business. >>>

2015 OPPS Proposed Rule Detailed

The 2015 outpatient prospective payment proposed rule from CMS contains refinements to the previously introduced comprehensive ambulatory payment classification policy, significant packaging of ancillary services, and a change for inpatient certification requirements. >>>

CDC Expanding Quality of Care Efforts

Denise Cardo, MD, director of the CDC's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, cites the agency's growing ability to collect data and its improved relationship with CMS as tools in the fight to prevent hospital-acquired infections and other avoidable harms. >>>

Physician Pay Increasingly Linked to Value-based Metrics

Primary care doctors surveyed by the Medical Group Management Association say nearly 6% of their compensation was pegged to quality metrics in 2013, up from 3% in 2012. >>>

Program Teaches Nurses to Manage, Apply Emotions

The Four Habits model, used to improve patient-physician communication, can also prepare nurses to deliver relationship-centered care more effectively, study data shows. >>>

Recovering from Tornado Damage, Hospital Seeks Normalcy

Less than twelve weeks after a strong tornado crippled a small Mississippi hospital, its interim CEO shares his thoughts on the way forward. >>>

Emergency Surgeries Drop with Insurance Expansion in MA

In Massachusetts, rates of discretionary surgical procedures rose, while rates of non-discretionary or emergency procedures declined in the years following the state's insurance expansion, researchers found. >>>

Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report: The New Quality Equation—Measuring Success and Eliminating Waste

This report reveals how healthcare leaders are using continuous improvement and other tools to standardize processes, improve patient care, and cut costs. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

Medicare providers complain of duplicative audits

Miami Herald / Associated Press, July 10, 2014

Even more proof health records need to go digital

Vox, July 10, 2014

Race is on to profit from rise of urgent care

The New York Times, July 10, 2014

New hospital garments could minimize infection

First Coast News, July 10, 2014

IL hospital fees to pay for error reports

The Belingham Herald / Associated Press, July 10, 2014

Millions of electronic medical records breached

Center for Health Reporting / The Orange County Register, July 9, 2014

Former NYC hospital executive charged with $5.6 million painkiller theft

Reuters, July 9, 2014

The giant problem American healthcare ignores

Vox, July 8, 2014

How IL has spent $56M from health law's prevention fund

Kaiser Health News / Chicago Tribune, July 8, 2014

During natural disasters, hospitals must bounce back, health officials say

The Florida Times Union, July 8, 2014

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