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West Georgia Health Set to Join WellStar

Healthcare News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:12

"We were looking for a strong partner, but we were also looking for a good fit," says West Georgia Health's CEO. "Culturally, I believe this is a very good marriage."

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LifePoint Signs Partnership Deal with WI Medical Center

Healthcare News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:09

LifePoint will own 80% of the joint venture with Wisconsin's Watertown Regional Medical Center, which will retain a 20% ownership stake in the hospital if the deal is approved by regulators.

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Westchester Medical Takes Majority Ownership of NY's Bon Secours Charity Health

Healthcare News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:06

Under the joint venture finalized this week, WMC has taken 60% ownership and controls day-to-day operations of Bon Secours Charity Health.

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Opinion: Medical mystery—Making sense of ABIM's financial report

Healthcare News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:57

After months of delay, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) finally filed its latest financial reports with the IRS. Which means it's time to return to a fantasyland where up is down, black is white and money is hidden. It's quite a work of trickery, particularly when it comes to compensation: In the document, ABIM appears to have begun cutting back its massive pay to top officers, but it hasn't. A big percentage of the group's millions in losses was attributable to cash doled out to one former employee.

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House committee approves 21st Century Cures Act

Healthcare News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:52

A U.S. House of Representatives committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to speed new drugs to the market, overcoming last-minute wrangling over how to pay for the legislation. The bill, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, requires the Food and Drug Administration to incorporate patient experience into its decision-making, streamline its review of drugs for additional uses, and consider more flexible forms of clinical trials. The bill, developed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee was spearheaded by Republican Congressman Fred Upton and Democrat Diana DeGette. Upton's goal is for the bill to be voted on by the full House in June.

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Feds: FL needs $1 billion for hospital funding

Healthcare News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:51

The federal government told Florida on Thursday that the state will need $1 billion next year to maintain a hospital payment program that's at the center of a political stalemate preventing passage of a new state budget. In a letter to state health officials, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services said the $1 billion would "maintain stability while the system transitions" to new ways of compensating hospitals for the high cost of treating poor patients, a program known as LIP or low income pool. Tampa General Hospital, All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Miami's Jackson Health System and Broward Health are among Florida's largest recipients of LIP money.

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Many PA hospitals aren't getting paid for care they provide, report finds

Healthcare News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:49

The federal Affordable Care Act enabled millions of previously uninsured Americans to get health coverage, but a new report says Pennsylvania hospitals still provide lots of care they aren't getting paid for. In Western Pennsylvania, that means many hospitals are operating in the red. "The continued growth of uncompensated care remains a major concern for Pennsylvania hospitals," said Joe Martin, executive director of the independent Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council in today's report release. The report, which can be viewed online at www.phc4.org, says the state's 171 general acute care hospitals provided $1.07 billion in uncompensated care during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014, a 2.2 percent increase, or $22 million more, than the previous year.

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MA doctors group issues guidelines on pain meds

Healthcare News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:48

A group representing 25,000 doctors in Massachusetts is issuing new guidelines for the prescribing of pain medication, citing an epidemic of opioid abuse. The Massachusetts Medical Society said Thursday that it was launching a major campaign to educate doctors and patients about safe prescribing, and the storage and disposal of pain medications. The organization's president, Dr. Dennis Dimitri, said he believes most physicians are responsible, but added "there are too many doses of opioid medication in circulation." He said the new guidelines aim to limiting pain medications to those "who truly need them."

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Your doctor, always available, for a monthly fee

Healthcare News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:47

For 10 years, Jeff Gold showed up to a job he wanted to love: being a family doctor. "I was busy as a bee," says Gold, 39, with up to 2,500 patients, seeing 20 or so a day. Rushing from one patient to the next, calling insurers who wouldn't approve prescriptions, filling out paperwork that didn't seem relevant to his patients, Gold kept asking himself, is this what I signed up for? "I thought I was gonna help everybody and spend time with everybody and it's impossible to do," Gold says.

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The agony of medical bills

Healthcare News - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:45

It shouldn't take a Harvard expert in health policy to understand a doctor's bill. But sometimes, it does. In August of last year, Liz was a medical student whose doctor found a lump on her tonsils. Her primary-care physician referred her to an in-network ear-nose-and-throat specialist. Liz, who asked to go by her first name, expected the usual $20 copay. Instead, she was charged $219.90—wrongly, in her view—for separate physician and facility fees. Under the terms of her plan, Liz says, she should not have been responsible for those charges. After a polite letter to her ("Thank you for your recent grievance..."), Anthem Blue Cross upheld the charges.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Advisory Opinion 12-07

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Advisory Opinion 12-06

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Advisory Opinion 12-05

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Advisory Opinion 12-04

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