Monthly Archives: September 2011

Patients Want Better Informed Consent and Physician Communication

FierceHealthcare – Acaramenico - September 2011 Hospitals must improve the consent process and ensure that all possible complications are mentioned and explained prior to treatment in order to avoid medical negligence claims and patient complaints. According to a University of … Continue reading

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MedPAC Preparing A Physician Fix-It Plan – With Offsets

Marilyn Werber Serafini – September 2011 The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which advises Congress on Medicare payment policy, is drafting a plan to permanently replace the program’s current method of paying physicians. The Committee plans to have a proposal … Continue reading

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How to Cultivate Engaged Employees

HBR            September 2011 Top down management style is out.  Employees who are afraid or leery of their boss retreat to their only source of power, their own distinctive experience, and do their job their own way. These employees do not … Continue reading

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Lessons From The Physicians’ Group Practice Demonstration

NJM            Sept 14, 2001 Beware of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) spin coming from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The results of the three-year trial of handpicked group practice ACOs are complete. The report from CMS is … Continue reading

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CMS Will Use 3 M’s Translation Tool

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it will license 3 M’s ICD-10 Code Translation Tool. The software tool will be used to convert systems, applications, and reports currently in ICD-9 codes to ICD-10. According to … Continue reading

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