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New pay model leads some physicians to leave Mercy

Healthcare News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 06:20

Mercy Health has adopted a new compensation model for physicians, but some doctors are unwilling to sign the new contracts. Mercy executives report the new pay structure is an effort to standardize compensation for all 2,100 Mercy-employed physicians across the system's four-state operation, including Missouri. But the model also addresses the changes occurring in the health care industry, system officials report. "In this challenging environment we felt a need to look at the compensation model," Donn Sorensen, a regional president at Mercy, said. But some doctors are balking at the changes, saying the new contracts are too restrictive or that pay is based on the quantity of work performed.

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NY state healthcare experiment emphasizes prevention

Healthcare News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 06:18

Guy Goodness of Fort Edward keeps his diabetes in check with monitoring and coaching from Jessica Casey, a care manager he sees every two weeks. Patients scheduled to get hip replacements at Glens Falls Hospital must attend a pre-operation class, where they learn about the procedure, recovery and post-surgical therapy. At Moreau Family Health Center, doctors, nurse practitioners and care managers start the day huddled over data to share perspectives on patients who have appointments. These are scenes from the emerging American health system, where increasingly more time is spent on coordination, prevention and education, and less on expensive tests and hospital stays.

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Hospital or hotel? New hospitals take cues from hospitality industry

Healthcare News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 06:14

If the complimentary, fruit-infused water inside the front door of Palmetto Health's brand-new Baptist Parkridge hospital fails to remind patients and their visitors of a spa, then they should turn around. Across the lobby, there's the actual spa. Or at least there will be once it's finished this fall. South Carolina's newest hospital in northwest Columbia officially opened in mid-March - just in time to serve as the stunning, if unconventional, backdrop for a few prom pictures. This $120.6 million gleaming glass complex offers the latest example of a national trend that's already hit the Lowcountry. New hospitals resemble four-star hotels.

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Survey: Federal Health Agencies Hampered by Complex Networks

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:21

A new MeriTalk report finds that about 81% of network managers at government agencies including HHS and the Department of Veterans Affairs believe that the complexity of their IT networks is hampering performance objectives. However, 68% said they expect their network complexity will increase over the next three years. Government Health IT et al.

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U.S. Health Entities Report, Settle Data Breaches Affecting Millions

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:14

Health care organizations in California, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island have reported or settled cases regarding health data breaches and security incidents. The breaches collectively affected the personal health information of millions of individuals. Philadelphia Inquirer et al.

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Health Analytics Market To See 25% Growth Rate Over Five Years

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:24

A new Research and Markets report finds that the health care analytics market is expected to expand at a 25% compound annual growth rate between 2014 and 2019. Growth will be driven by the adoption of health IT and centralized health care mandates, among other factors. Health IT Analytics, Research and Market report.

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New Google Project Will Use Health Data for Earlier Disease Detection

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:23

Google has launched a project that will use a wide range of new diagnostic tools and data analysis to identify “biomarkers” in the hopes of creating a unique picture of a healthy human. Google says the data could be used by medical researchers to detect diseases earlier and improve treatment therapies. Wall Street Journal.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of July 25, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:43

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Information and Technology has selected Creative Computing Solutions to provide technology coordinators at rural medical centers. Mark VanderWerf, vice president of eHealth and OEM at Nonin Medical, has been named chair of the American Telemedicine Association’s Industry Council and has been appointed to its board of directors.

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PA doctor shoots patient who killed caseworker

Healthcare News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:42

A psychiatric outpatient opened fire Thursday inside a psychiatrist's office at a hospital near Philadelphia, killing his caseworker and slightly wounding the doctor, who shot the gunman with his personal firearm, authorities said. The suspect, Richard Plotts, of Upper Darby, Pa., was reported in critical condition after the shooting at 2:20 p.m. in an office at the Mercy Wellness Center of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said at an evening news conference.

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Invoking anti-fraud law, LA doctor gets rich

Healthcare News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:35

William LaCorte keeps a half-dozen marble paperweights at his medical practice in this New Orleans suburb, engraved with images of checks from a lucrative sideline: suing companies for alleged health-care fraud. Over two decades, the 65-year-old internist has filed 12 lawsuits accusing health-care companies of defrauding taxpayer-funded programs such as Medicare.

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At Cleveland hospitals: Entry-level positions open, but more doctors and RNs needed

Healthcare News - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 05:27

The hiring challenge for area hospitals is two-fold: finding enough people to fill entry-level health care positions, while at the same time looking for physicians, advance practice nurses, physicians assistants and medical coders - positions that require more education and promise much higher salaries. In Greater Cleveland, more than 53,000 jobs – 54.2 percent of the health care workforce - don't require undergraduate degrees, according to a report released Thursday by the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution. Those jobs are classified as pre-baccalaureate or pre-BA occupations.

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American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) Organizations Receive ASAE’s Power of A Award

ASA - News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 15:22

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) announced its 2014 Power of A Award winners, including two affiliated organizations of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). 

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Doctors Feel Pressure to Accept Risk-based Reimbursement

Healthcare News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:32

As insurers step up efforts to cover more lives with value- and performance-based contracts, physicians are under the gun to adapt to an altered reimbursement reality.

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Texas Doctors: Mr. President, Let Us Care for Veterans

Texas Medical Association - Hot Topics - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 17:12

In the wake of the revelations of long delays in health care for U.S. veterans, Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians have led the call for President Barack Obama and Congress to act immediately to enable American veterans to access health care they need outside of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system.

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TMA Repeats: President Obama, Let Private Docs Help Care for Veterans

Texas Medical Association - Hot Topics - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 17:10

Calling it a “life or death issue,” Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Austin I. King, MD, is repeating his urgent request for President Barack Obama to take immediate action to enable private physicians to care for U.S. veterans.

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Advisory Opinion 12-09

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

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Advisory Opinion 12-08

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Advisory Opinion 12-07

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Advisory Opinion 12-06

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