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With Marketplace Health Insurance, Who Will Care for Me?

Texas Medical Association - Hot Topics - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:49

This week’s Texas Medical Association (TMA) “Hey, Doc” educational segment explains health insurance networks and how they influence patients’ ability to pick a doctor to take care of them.

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When docs sue their own hospitals

Healthcare News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:35

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that a medical staff has standing to sue its hospital board and that the medical staff bylaws constitute "an enforceable contract between members of a medical staff and a hospital." How that ruling will be played out in hospitals nationwide will be an interesting chapter in the hospital medical staff story. The 3-year case pitted Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, a 25-bed hospital in southwestern Minnesota, against its own medical staff. A district court and court of appeals had ruled in favor of the hospital, but with assistance from various national and state medical associations, the plaintiff doctors went to the Supreme Court, which overturned the earlier decisions by a vote of 5-2.

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Execs Upbeat on Population Health ROI

Healthcare News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:36

More than half of healthcare executives surveyed believe they'll see a return on investment for healthcare information technology and data/analytic tools in four years or less.

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Nurses, Kaiser reach tentative contract deal

Healthcare News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:15

A nurses union reported over the weekend that its 18,000 members in Central and Northern California have reached a tentative contract with Kaiser Permanente and its hospitals and clinics, a settlement that also will affect Southern California Kaiser nurses, a union representative said. The California Nurses Association said the new contract would give a 14 percent pay increase over three years for nurses in the northern part of the state. Kaiser nurses in Southern California expect similar treatment and have filed for certification to be represented by the same union, union spokeswoman Debra Grabelle said Saturday.

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MN study fails to resolve nurse staffing concerns

Healthcare News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:13

A much-anticipated state study on the number of nurses required to provide safe, effective patient care in Minnesota hospitals fell short of its goals after hospitals failed to provide the data to answer key staffing questions. The lack of hospital participation drew fire Monday from the state's nurses union, which hoped the study would fortify its negotiating position on the need for lower patient-to-nurse staffing ratios. "Are they just unwilling to cooperate with a study they themselves agreed to with our lawmakers?" said Linda Hamilton, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association. A spokeswoman for the Minnesota Hospital Association said its members cooperated with the study, but simply lacked the detailed data that researchers sought.

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Sure you can track your health data, but can your doctor use it?

Healthcare News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:12

Dr. Paul Abramson is no technophobe. He works at a hydraulic standing desk made in Denmark and his stethoscope boasts a data screen. "I'm an engineer and I'm in health care," he says. "I like gadgets." Still, the proliferation of gadgets that collect health data are giving him pause. Abramson is a primary care doctor in San Francisco and lots of his patients work in the tech industry. So it's not surprising that more and more of them are coming in with information collected from consumer medical devices — you know, those wristbands and phone apps that measure how much exercise you're getting or how many calories you're eating.

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FL teenager posed as doctor at hospital for a month

Healthcare News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:10

Just like Doogie Howser, this teen doctor wasn't real either. A 17-year-old boy dressed in a white lab coat, face mask and stethoscope around his neck told West Palm Beach police he was a doctor at St. Mary's Medical Center and had been practicing for years, according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun. But Dr. Sebastian Kent and several nurses immediately contacted police Tuesday after seeing the young man — who isn't much older than the fictional TV character Doogie Howser — when he entered their OB/GYN office.

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Surviving small: rural healthcare in IA

Healthcare News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:36

The nation's health care systems are in transition. And while hospitals across the country are grappling with changes to payment systems and quality measures, the tiniest hospitals in rural areas must work even harder to keep up. In Iowa, the rural health care system is made up of 82 Critical Access Hospitals — a special Medicare designation for smaller 25-bed facilities — and 142 rural health clinics, making it one of the largest rural health systems in the country, said Gloria Vermie, director of the State Office of Rural Health Director, which is part of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

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2 Long Island hospitals at forefront of $6.4B NY statewide effort to transform healthcare

Healthcare News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:35

Nassau University Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital expect to hear news within the next few months that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars for Long Island and fundamentally change how they and scores of other local health care organizations do business. Both have been designated lead organizations on Long Island in the state's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment, or DSRIP, program. Part of the state's attempt to overhaul the health care system to improve care for low-income patients, DSRIP will allocate $6.42 billion to safety net or public hospitals and their community collaborators statewide over the next five years.

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CA strike highlights larger issues with mental health system

Healthcare News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:32

This past week, more than 2,000 mental health workers for the HMO health care giant Kaiser Permanente in California went on strike. The strike was organized by the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The union says Kaiser Permanente patients have been the victims of "chronic failure to provide its members with timely, quality mental health care." On Thursday, about 150 Kaiser Permanente employees picketed the Woodland Hills Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley. One of them was therapist Deborah Silverman. In her eyes, the biggest problem at Kaiser right now is understaffing.

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Opinion: Virginia hospitals unfairly caught in a healthcare bind

Healthcare News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:29

Hospitals across the nation are financially stressed, none more so than those in states whose legislatures have not expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. And Centra — the parent of Lynchburg General, Virginia Baptist, Bedford Memorial and Southside Community (Farmville) hospitals — is no different. Increasingly, leaders of hospitals across the commonwealth are becoming more outspoken about the fiscal futures their institutions face in the coming years as the nation's health care system changes. Walker Sydnor, the chairman of Centra's board of directors, is front and center locally in the discussion about the nation's health care system and his advocacy for the General Assembly to find a way to expand Medicaid rolls in Virginia.

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Health reform brings savings for some WI hospitals

Healthcare News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:27

Last year, federal health care reform brought about $3.2 million in savings for Aspirus Wausau Hospital. "This has been the one biggest changes we've seen so far," said Sid Sczygelski, senior vice president of finance and the chief financial officer for Aspirus Inc., about the federal Affordable Care Act's effect on the hospital's bottom line. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, helped reduce the number of people without health insurance, which meant hospitals saw less bad debt and charity cases last year. In 2014, taxpayers were required for the first time to get insurance or pay a fine.

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Should scrubs be worn only inside hospitals to limit spread of germs?

Healthcare News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:24

Walk around near a hospital, and you'll see healthcare workers out and about, wearing their scrubs. It's the colorful, pajama-like uniform donned by anyone from hospital cafeteria employees to nurses and surgeons. Scrubs are on the move, in coffee shops, restaurants, on the subway - not exactly a fashion statement, but some experts are concerned that it also poses a health risk - since germs can travel in and out of hospitals on these uniforms. "You're really not supposed to wear scrubs outside of the hospital," explained one employee from a Philadelphia hospital who asked to remain unnamed. He added that he'd never been questioned by his employers about wearing scrubs outside.

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Get involved: Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2015

ASA - News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 01:00

Join ASA® and advocate for patient-centered, physician-led care. The inaugural Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2015 is an action-packed, weeklong event to alert policymakers, the media and the public that when seconds count, physician anesthesiologists save lives. Throughout the week, ASA members will meet with policymakers, engage with local media and on social media, and connect with colleagues, patient advocates, and the community. We need all physician anesthesiologists to help make our voices heard on critical issues. There has never been a more important time to advocate for the specialty of anesthesiology and your patients.

Categories: Anesthesia News

Patients Can Make Surgery Safer: Physician Anesthesiologists Explain How

ASA - News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 01:00

Surgery and anesthesia are safer than ever, but most patients don’t know about the steps they can and should take to make their experience safer and more comfortable.

Categories: Anesthesia News

ASA Welcomes 114th Congress

ASA News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 18:17

ASA Welcomes 114th Congress

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ASA 2016 committee nomination deadline approaching: January 15, 2015

ASA - News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:46

Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve on a 2016 ASA committee. Visit the Committee Nominations page for details.

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Advisory Opinion 12-09

Advisory Opinions - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:58

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Advisory Opinion 12-08

Advisory Opinions - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:58

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Advisory Opinion 12-07

Advisory Opinions - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:58

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