Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Merck KGaA And Sanofi-aventis Sign Agreement To Jointly Investigate Novel Combinations Against Cancer

Merck KGaA And Sanofi-aventis Sign Agreement To Jointly Investigate Novel Combinations Against Cancer

Researchers Identify Potential Target For Breast Cancer Therapy

Researchers Identify Potential Target For Breast Cancer Therapy

Use The Right Metaphor To Get Patients To Enroll In Clinical Trials

Use The Right Metaphor To Get Patients To Enroll In Clinical Trials

amednews: Health plans warn Wall Street about falling 2011 earnings :: Dec. 29, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Health plans warn Wall Street about falling 2011 earnings :: Dec. 29, 2010 ... American Medical News

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hospitals integrating their medical devices and EMRs :: Dec. 20, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Hospitals integrating their medical devices and EMRs :: Dec. 20, 2010 ... American Medical News

Health reform law will boost care quality, Sebelius says :: Dec. 21, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Health reform law will boost care quality, Sebelius says :: Dec. 21, 2010 ... American Medical News

: West Virginia hospital, health centers to sue state over inadequate Medicaid pay :: Dec. 21, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: West Virginia hospital, health centers to sue state over inadequate Medicaid pay :: Dec. 21, 2010 ... American Medical News

Psoriasis And Obesity Linked

Psoriasis And Obesity Linked

: Geolocation services: Have your patients put you on the map? :: Dec. 20, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Geolocation services: Have your patients put you on the map? :: Dec. 20, 2010 ... American Medical News

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Stent reps disobeying hospital ban linked to questionable implants Becker Hospital Review

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-financial-and-business-news/stent-reps-disobeying-hospital-ban-linked-to-questionable-implants.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

President signs 1 year Medicare fee fix

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/news-analysis/president-obama-signs-1-year-medicare-fee-fix.html

Personalities, Politics Emerge From Decision's Aftermath

Personalities, Politics Emerge From Decision's Aftermath

Novartis Europharm Ltd. Withdraws Its Application For An Extension Of Indication For Zometa (zoledronic Acid)

Novartis Europharm Ltd. Withdraws Its Application For An Extension Of Indication For Zometa (zoledronic Acid)

State Insurance Officials To Vote On Rules For Descriptions Of Health Policies - Kaiser Health News

State Insurance Officials To Vote On Rules For Descriptions Of Health Policies - Kaiser Health News

Differences between RACs - Automated and complex reviews Becker Hospital Review

http://www.beckersasc.com/stark-act-and-fraud-abuse-issues/differences-between-racs-automated-and-complex-reviews.html

Justice Department Will Appeal Health Ruling, Virginia Decision Viewed As One Step In Long Path To Supreme Court

Justice Department Will Appeal Health Ruling, Virginia Decision Viewed As One Step In Long Path To Supreme Court

The Number Of Lungs Available For Transplant Could Be Doubled By Ventilation Changes

The Number Of Lungs Available For Transplant Could Be Doubled By Ventilation Changes

Majority Of U.S. Medical Schools Have Strong Pharmaceutical Conflict-Of-Interest Policies; Medical Student Survey Finds

Majority Of U.S. Medical Schools Have Strong Pharmaceutical Conflict-Of-Interest Policies; Medical Student Survey Finds

New Combo Lung Cancer Therapy Improves Survival Over Single-Line Treatment

New Combo Lung Cancer Therapy Improves Survival Over Single-Line Treatment

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Study Indicates Measurement Of Estrogen Receptor By AQUA® Technology Predicts Response To Radiation Therapy In Breast Cancer

Study Indicates Measurement Of Estrogen Receptor By AQUA® Technology Predicts Response To Radiation Therapy In Breast Cancer

Scientists Identify How Virus Triggers Cervical And Mouth Cancer

Scientists Identify How Virus Triggers Cervical And Mouth Cancer

Study Shows BSGI/MBI Contributes Significantly To Patient Management With Its Ability To Detect Breast Cancer In Difficult To Diagnose Patients

Study Shows BSGI/MBI Contributes Significantly To Patient Management With Its Ability To Detect Breast Cancer In Difficult To Diagnose Patients

A Protein Called CFLIP Makes Tumor Cells In Breast Cancer Resistant To Treatments

A Protein Called CFLIP Makes Tumor Cells In Breast Cancer Resistant To Treatments

Next for Apple: Soldiers and Surgeons, Gamers and Geeks

Next for Apple: Soldiers and Surgeons, Gamers and Geeks

What is a Community? A message from John Fox about Emory and Henry Medical Center

What is a Community?

Medicare wants pharmacists out of Plan D decision-making process - Chicago Sun-Times

Medicare wants pharmacists out of Plan D decision-making process - Chicago Sun-Times

: Humana to pay $790 million for clinic chain :: Dec. 15, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Humana to pay $790 million for clinic chain :: Dec. 15, 2010 ... American Medical News

Disclosing errors good for reputation but won't reduce lawsuits :: Dec. 15, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Disclosing errors good for reputation but won't reduce lawsuits :: Dec. 15, 2010 ... American Medical News

WellStar Health System eyes upgrade to serve residents in north Metro area

The Marietta Daily Journal - WellStar Health System eyes upgrade to serve residents in north Metro area

Position Changes Significantly Increase Polyp, Adenomas Detection Rate | Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

Position Changes Significantly Increase Polyp, Adenomas Detection Rate | Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

6 Ways to Cut Surgery Center Staffing Costs | ASC Turnarounds: Ideas to Improve Performance

6 Ways to Cut Surgery Center Staffing Costs | ASC Turnarounds: Ideas to Improve Performance

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Study Suggests UV Lighting in Patient Rooms Can Reduce Number of Pathogens | Quality & Infection Control

Study Suggests UV Lighting in Patient Rooms Can Reduce Number of Pathogens | Quality & Infection Control

Orthopedic Surgeon, Medical Organizations Receive Community Collaboration Award for "Free Surgery Day" in Colorado | News & Analysis

Orthopedic Surgeon, Medical Organizations Receive Community Collaboration Award for "Free Surgery Day" in Colorado | News & Analysis

ONC Names Two More Certification Bodies for EHRs | Healthcare Information Technology

ONC Names Two More Certification Bodies for EHRs | Healthcare Information Technology

States Now Fund Most Embryonic Stem Cell Research in U.S. --Doctors Lounge

States Now Fund Most Embryonic Stem Cell Research in U.S. --Doctors Lounge

For Pregnant Women With Breast Cancer, Unique Needs And Outcomes Identified

For Pregnant Women With Breast Cancer, Unique Needs And Outcomes Identified

Everolimus Added To Hormonal Therapy Postpones Disease Progression In Advanced Breast Cancer

Everolimus Added To Hormonal Therapy Postpones Disease Progression In Advanced Breast Cancer

Report Finds Baby Boomers to Gain Most From Health Care Reform --Doctors Lounge

Report Finds Baby Boomers to Gain Most From Health Care Reform --Doctors Lounge

Monday, December 13, 2010

Doctors, hospitals command higher pay in less competitive markets :: Dec. 10, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Doctors, hospitals command higher pay in less competitive markets :: Dec. 10, 2010 ... American Medical News

Senate's budget writer says state's hole is deeper than predicted

Senate’s budget writer says state’s hole is deeper than predicted

Esophageal Cancer Risk Lower Than Expected For GERD Patients

Esophageal Cancer Risk Lower Than Expected For GERD Patients

Yet another Democrat jumps ship for GOP majority

Yet another Democrat jumps ship for GOP majority

Prescription requests may rise under new OTC drug payment provision :: Dec. 13, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Prescription requests may rise under new OTC drug payment provision :: Dec. 13, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Congress passes bills keeping physicians from Medicare pay cut, 'red flags' rule :: Dec. 13, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Congress passes bills keeping physicians from Medicare pay cut, 'red flags' rule :: Dec. 13, 2010 ... American Medical News

CMS proposes rule on expanding RAC program to Medicaid :: Dec. 13, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: CMS proposes rule on expanding RAC program to Medicaid :: Dec. 13, 2010 ... American Medical News

Circulating Tumor Cells Predicted Recurrence, Death In Patients With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Circulating Tumor Cells Predicted Recurrence, Death In Patients With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Opt-out bill could give states more flexibility on health reform :: Dec. 13, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Opt-out bill could give states more flexibility on health reform :: Dec. 13, 2010 ... American Medical News

Federal Judge Strikes Down Part Of Health Reform Law - Kaiser Health News

Federal Judge Strikes Down Part Of Health Reform Law - Kaiser Health News

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Diagnostic errors: Why they happen :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Diagnostic errors: Why they happen :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Medicare, Medicaid initiatives unveiled by new innovation center :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Medicare, Medicaid initiatives unveiled by new innovation center :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

Florida legislature seeks voter help to block health care reform

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/12/09/1964590/senate-asks-voters-to-block-part.html

Death Rate in U.S. Down, but So Is Life Expectancy, Slightly --Doctors Lounge

Death Rate in U.S. Down, but So Is Life Expectancy, Slightly --Doctors Lounge

SABCS: One-Half of Women Not Getting Regular Mammograms --Doctors Lounge

SABCS: One-Half of Women Not Getting Regular Mammograms --Doctors Lounge

Monday, December 6, 2010

Best Practice: Create Daily Logs to Better Track Specimens and Pathology Results | ASC Accreditation and Patient Safety

Best Practice: Create Daily Logs to Better Track Specimens and Pathology Results | ASC Accreditation and Patient Safety

FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval for Lap-Band Surgery for Less Obese Patients | Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

FDA Advisory Committee Recommends Approval for Lap-Band Surgery for Less Obese Patients | Gastroenterology and Endoscopy

amednews: Primary care work force: Grants target perennial plea for more residencies :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Primary care work force: Grants target perennial plea for more residencies :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

Smart phone apps: Medical apps the latest craze - latimes.com

Smart phone apps: Medical apps the latest craze - latimes.com

Medicare board fears public backlash to ACOs - The Hill's Healthwatch

Medicare board fears public backlash to ACOs - The Hill's Healthwatch

Tort reform likely in Legislature | StAugustine.com

Tort reform likely in Legislature | StAugustine.com

amednews: Diagnostic errors: Why they happen :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Diagnostic errors: Why they happen :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

Improvement Needed For Mastectomy Outcome Reporting

Improvement Needed For Mastectomy Outcome Reporting

amednews: What to know when selling your practice to a hospital :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: What to know when selling your practice to a hospital :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Medicare hospital patients face 25% chance of adverse event :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Medicare hospital patients face 25% chance of adverse event :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: HHS spells out final medical-loss ratio rules :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: HHS spells out final medical-loss ratio rules :: Dec. 6, 2010 ... American Medical News

Medicare cuts could affect local patients

RN-T.com - Medicare cuts could affect local patients

Thursday, December 2, 2010

ACS Trauma Meetings Calendar

Trauma meetings calendar from the ACS.

Plan NOW to Attend the 2011 ACS Leadership & Joint Advocacy Conference

2011 ACS Leadership Conference

Use this link to access the Save the Date notice.  Let's have the largest state delegation there.

Surgeon-Physician Marriages Can Place Stress on Careers, Emotional Health From JACS

Shortage of On-Call Trauma Surgeons in U.S. Hospitals: Poll - US News and World Report

Shortage of On-Call Trauma Surgeons in U.S. Hospitals: Poll - US News and World Report:

UCF Scientists Discover Gene Suppresses Inflammation

UCF Scientists Discover Gene Suppresses Inflammation:

Rep. Phil Gingrey: Medicaid Expansion May Take Toll on States' Education | Health Reform Report

Rep. Phil Gingrey: Medicaid Expansion May Take Toll on States' Education Health Reform Report:

Online Social Media And Maintaining Medical Professionalism - Guide To Online Professionalism For Doctors And Medical Students

Online Social Media And Maintaining Medical Professionalism - Guide To Online Professionalism For Doctors And Medical Students: Students"

Loyola's Heart-Bypass Mortality Rate Is 74 Percent Lower Than Peer Hospitals

Loyola's Heart-Bypass Mortality Rate Is 74 Percent Lower Than Peer Hospitals:

Rethink social media policies in light of NLRB complaint, lawyers say :: Nov. 29, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Rethink social media policies in light of NLRB complaint, lawyers say :: Nov. 29, 2010 ... American Medical News:

F.D.A. Panel Won’t Expand Use of Prostate Drug - NYTimes.com

F.D.A. Panel Won’t Expand Use of Prostate Drug - NYTimes.com:

Health premiums surge 41%; Md., D.C. among costliest areas to insure

Health premiums surge 41%; Md., D.C. among costliest areas to insure:

GOP Governors Tell Boehner: Give Us ‘Flexibility’ - Washington Wire - WSJ

GOP Governors Tell Boehner: Give Us ‘Flexibility’ - Washington Wire - WSJ:

Plan To Cut Deficit Would Sock Seniors On Medicare

Plan To Cut Deficit Would Sock Seniors On Medicare

Drug Lobby's Tax Filings Reveal Health Debate Role - Kaiser Health News

Drug Lobby's Tax Filings Reveal Health Debate Role - Kaiser Health News:

F.D.A. Studies Band Surgery for Less Obese - NYTimes.com

F.D.A. Studies Band Surgery for Less Obese - NYTimes.com:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Deficit Commission Tells Obama To Give Medicare Another Nip And Tuck - David Whelan - Health Dollars - Forbes

The Deficit Commission Tells Obama To Give Medicare Another Nip And Tuck - David Whelan - Health Dollars - Forbes:

Annual Mammograms May Cut Mastectomy Rate for Some --Doctors Lounge

Annual Mammograms May Cut Mastectomy Rate for Some --Doctors Lounge:

20th Century Medical Education And Training Will Not Work In The 21st Century

20th Century Medical Education And Training Will Not Work In The 21st Century:

Do you agree or disagree with the findings of this report?

Washington State posts hospital infection rates for surgeries - FierceHealthcare

State posts hospital infection rates for surgeries - FierceHealthcare:

The Leapfrog Group Announces Annual Top Hospitals List

The Leapfrog Group Announces Annual Top Hospitals List:

Health Law Suit Dismissed by Judge Norman Moon - NYTimes.com

Health Law Suit Dismissed by Judge Norman Moon - NYTimes.com:

Would- be U.S. House budget panel chair Kingtson says he'd slash $850 billion from budget | savannahnow.com

Would- be U.S. House budget panel chair Kingtson says he'd slash $850 billion from budget savannahnow.com:

GA tops nation in flu cases | The Augusta Chronicle

State tops nation in flu cases The Augusta Chronicle:
Georgia reports highest rate of infections so far

Researchers Find Sporadic Breast Cancers Start With Ineffective DNA Repair Systems

Researchers Find Sporadic Breast Cancers Start With Ineffective DNA Repair Systems

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Senate Widens Probe Into Bare-Bones Health Plans - WSJ.com

Senate Widens Probe Into Bare-Bones Health Plans - WSJ.com:

Medicare Advantage provision going smoothly so far

Medicare Advantage provision going smoothly so far:

In Emergency Rooms, It's Getting Tougher To Say 'No' To CT Scans - Kaiser Health News

In Emergency Rooms, It's Getting Tougher To Say 'No' To CT Scans - Kaiser Health News:

5 Essential Steps to Turning Around a Struggling ASC | ASC Turnarounds: Ideas to Improve Performance

5 Essential Steps to Turning Around a Struggling ASC ASC Turnarounds: Ideas to Improve Performance:

Conversations with... John Armstrong, MD, American College of Surgeons

5 Thoughts From Industry Experts on the Future of Anesthesia | Anesthesia

5 Thoughts From Industry Experts on the Future of Anesthesia Anesthesia:

Wear Purple to Show Your Support, November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month « Cancer

Wear Purple to Show Your Support, November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month « Cancer:

Diabetes Linked to Poor Breast Cancer Outcomes --Doctors Lounge

Diabetes Linked to Poor Breast Cancer Outcomes --Doctors Lounge:

Monday, November 29, 2010

10 Benchmarking Statistics About ASC Employee Salary and Wages | ASC Turnarounds: Ideas to Improve Performance

10 Benchmarking Statistics About ASC Employee Salary and Wages ASC Turnarounds: Ideas to Improve Performance:

Medicare physician pay cut gets monthlong delay from Congress :: Nov. 29, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Medicare physician pay cut gets monthlong delay from Congress :: Nov. 29, 2010 ... American Medical News:

LaMar S.. McGinnis, MD, FACS appointed Vice Chair JCR Board

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Dr. Suet Wun Lim to chair JCR Board
Dr. LaMar S. McGinnis to serve as vice chair

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – November 29, 2010) Joint Commission Resources today announced the appointment of Suet Wun Lim, M.D., as chair of its Board of Directors and LaMar S. McGinnis, M.D., F.A.C.S., as vice chair for 2011. JCR is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

Dr. Lim has served as an outside international director on the JCR Board since 2004; he is currently vice chair on the JCR Executive Committee and previously served as a member-at-large on the JCR Executive Committee. Dr. Lim has served on the JCR Accreditation Committee since 2004 and the JCR Human Resources and Compensation Committee since 2009. He is CEO of Tan Tock Sing Hospital in Singapore.

“Dr. Lim’s years of experience with JCR and the international health care arena, his familiarity with JCI’s reach internationally as we continue our rapid growth, and his leadership experience will be important as we seek new ways to create a culture of safety that supports the continuum of health care,” says Paula Wilson, president and CEO, JCR.

Dr. McGinnis has served as an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commissioner on The Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners since 2005. He has served on the Joint Commission Executive Committee since 2009 and is currently chair of the Governance Committee. Dr. McGinnis has also served as a commissioner on the JCR Board of Directors since 2009, currently serving as secretary of the JCR Executive Committee; he served as vice chair of the JCR Executive Committee in 2009. He currently is chair of the JCR Accreditation Committee. He also is senior medical advisor and liaison at the American Cancer Society.

In addition to the appointment of the chair and vice chair, JCR announced the appointments of Nabil Kronfol, M.D., Dr.PH., and Tamra E. Minnier, RN, MSN, FACHE, to the Board of Directors. Both will serve three-year terms through December 31, 2013.

Dr. Kronfol is president and founder of the Lebanese HealthCare Management Association, a professional not-for-profit association that aims at the further development of the science of management in the health sector and of the health care delivery systems in Lebanon and the Middle East. He is also a professor of health administration at the University of Balamand, Lebanon and at the Faculty of Public Health, Lebanese University. Dr. Kronfol earned a doctor of public health (health services administration) and master of public health from the Harvard University School of Public Health, as well as a doctor of medicine from the American University of Beruit. He has authored and edited numerous books and publications about health care in the Middle East.

Ms. Minnier is chief quality officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). In addition, she serves as CEO for UPMC’s Sim Medical and as executive director of UPMC’s Beckwith Institute for Innovation in Patient Care. Ms. Minnier earned a master of science in the graduate program of nursing administration along with a bachelor of science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham University and has served on the national faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Ms. Minnier is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a frequent presenter at health care quality and safety conferences and has authored articles for numerous health care and nursing publications.

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ASC Association Supports Amendment of Red Flags Guidelines to Exclude Small Healthcare Providers | News & Analysis

ASC Association Supports Amendment of Red Flags Guidelines to Exclude Small Healthcare Providers News & Analysis:

Survey Shows Health Insurers Change Prescription Medications to Save Money, Overrule... -- UPPER NYACK, N.Y., Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Survey Shows Health Insurers Change Prescription Medications to Save Money, Overrule... -- UPPER NYACK, N.Y., Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --:

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Health Care Law Faces Threat of Being Undercut by Courts - NYTimes.com

Health Care Law Faces Threat of Being Undercut by Courts - NYTimes.com:

Patient Safety Is Not Improving in Hospitals, Study Finds - NYTimes.com

Patient Safety Is Not Improving in Hospitals, Study Finds - NYTimes.com:

What new insurance provisions on preventive care mean for your practice :: Nov. 29, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: What new insurance provisions on preventive care mean for your practice :: Nov. 29, 2010 ... American Medical News:

amednews: FDA initiative targets safe use of medicines :: Nov. 29, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: FDA initiative targets safe use of medicines :: Nov. 29, 2010 ... American Medical News:

Doctors say Medicare cuts force painful decision about elderly patients

Doctors say Medicare cuts force painful decision about elderly patients:

Health-Care Overhaul Increases Rewards for Efficiency - WSJ.com

Health-Care Overhaul Increases Rewards for Efficiency - WSJ.com:

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Many Preventable Cancers Not Diagnosed Early Enough Despite Screening Being Available Say CDC

Many Preventable Cancers Not Diagnosed Early Enough Despite Screening Being Available Say CDC:

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: ‘The real work lies ahead,’ Scott says - Houston & Peach - Macon.com

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: ‘The real work lies ahead,’ Scott says - Houston & Peach - Macon.com:

Forum: Cuts in spending key for Georgia || OnlineAthens.com

Forum: Cuts in spending key for Georgia OnlineAthens.com:

Many Preventable Cancers Not Diagnosed Early Enough Despite Screening Being Available Say CDC

Many Preventable Cancers Not Diagnosed Early Enough Despite Screening Being Available Say CDC:

Medicare Patients Find It Harder to Receive Treatment | ThirdAge

Medicare Patients Find It Harder to Receive Treatment ThirdAge:

Doctors decry threatened 25 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement

Doctors decry threatened 25 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement:

American College of Surgeons Operation Patient Access

American Association For Cancer Research Hosts 102nd Annual Meeting In 2011

American Association For Cancer Research Hosts 102nd Annual Meeting In 2011:

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New MLR rule requires payers to cut overhead costs - FierceHealthPayer

New MLR rule requires payers to cut overhead costs - FierceHealthPayer:

Exercise May Improve Complications Of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Exercise May Improve Complications Of Deep Vein Thrombosis:

AMA meeting: Association spotlights need for Medicare payment reform :: Nov. 22, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: AMA meeting: Association spotlights need for Medicare payment reform :: Nov. 22, 2010 ... American Medical News:

Study Examines Risk Of Bleeding Among Patients Taking Two Anti-Platelet Drugs

Study Examines Risk Of Bleeding Among Patients Taking Two Anti-Platelet Drugs:

Stage Of Localized Prostate Cancer Not Linked To Recurrence Risk

Stage Of Localized Prostate Cancer Not Linked To Recurrence Risk

Monday, November 22, 2010

Consumer Risks Feared as Health Law Spurs Mergers - NYTimes.com

Consumer Risks Feared as Health Law Spurs Mergers - NYTimes.com:

Patients Undergoing Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeries Benefit From Individual Blood Clot Risk Assessments

Patients Undergoing Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeries Benefit From Individual Blood Clot Risk Assessments:

Big Hospitals Dictate Premiums Using Their Clout - Kaiser Health News

Big Hospitals Dictate Premiums Using Their Clout - Kaiser Health News:

amednews: To reach male patients, market to their loved ones :: Nov. 22, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: To reach male patients, market to their loved ones :: Nov. 22, 2010 ... American Medical News:

Independent Hospitals Unite Under 'Shared Services,' Prepare for ACOs | Hospital-Physician Relationships

Independent Hospitals Unite Under 'Shared Services,' Prepare for ACOs Hospital-Physician Relationships:

Employers' health-care costs soar

Employers' health-care costs soar:

Practices with EMRs Earn nearly $50,000 More Medical Revenue Per Physician

amednews: Thinking bigger (MGMA annual meeting) :: Nov. 22, 2010 ... American Medical News:

Researchers Say Common Test For Prostate Cancer May Not Work

Researchers Say Common Test For Prostate Cancer May Not Work

FDA Approves Xgeva To Help Prevent Cancer-related Bone Injury

FDA Approves Xgeva To Help Prevent Cancer-related Bone Injury:

Repeal, Replace And Revise Are The New Health Overhaul Buzzwords As Congressional Power Changes Hands

Repeal, Replace And Revise Are The New Health Overhaul Buzzwords As Congressional Power Changes Hands:

National Outcome Differences Of Carotid Surgical Incision Vs. Carotid Artery Angioplasty And Stenting In Men, Women And Over 80s

National Outcome Differences Of Carotid Surgical Incision Vs. Carotid Artery Angioplasty And Stenting In Men, Women And Over 80s:

Beyond The CREST Researchers Call For New Trials To Resolve Issues Surrounding Surgical Intervention For Carotid Artery Stenosis

Beyond The CREST Researchers Call For New Trials To Resolve Issues Surrounding Surgical Intervention For Carotid Artery Stenosis:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

LaMar S, McGinnis, MD, FACS elected to ACS Foundation Board

ACS FOUNDATION ELECTS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

At its annual meeting during the 2010 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress, the ACS Foundation Board of Directors elected five new members. They are:  Robert E. Berry, MD, FACS, of Roanoke, VA; Christopher J. Daly, MD, FACS, of Mars, PA; Richard A. Lynn, MD, FACS, of West Palm Beach, FL; Lamar S. McGinnis, MD, FACS, of Atlanta, GA; and Jonathan M. Sackier, MD, FACS, of North Garden, VA. 

ACS President L. D. Britt, MD, MPH, FACS, of Norfolk, VA, has joined the Foundation Board as an Ex-officio member. Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, of Nashville, TN, was elected in August 2010.

Members of the Foundation Board provide governance regarding the goals and work of the Foundation and promote philanthropy among the College’s constituencies—Fellows, Chapters, friends, and organizations—while fulfilling fiduciary obligations on behalf of the Fellowship. 

Options for participation in the Medicare program

To help surgeons cope with the uncertainty of the SGR cut, the American College of Surgeons has prepared information about Fellows’ options for participation in the Medicare program, which can be accessed at http://t.democracydirect.com/?ti_dn__=d53e2122-5771-4ddb-9552-fe896dff951b&__u_idz=03096213&__turl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.facs.org%2fahp%2fmedicareoptions2010.html.   

ACS Surgery News: Overtriage Linked to Cost Burden at Level 1 Trauma Center

American College of Surgeons: Surgery News: Overtriage Linked to Cost Burden at Level 1 Trauma Center:

Social media strategy tips offered in new CDC tool kit :: Nov. 19, 2010 ... American Medical News

Social media strategy tips offered in new CDC tool kit.
The online service is geared toward helping healthcare organizations, including physician practices and hospitals with public health matters. Check it out.

amednews: Social media strategy tips offered in new CDC tool kit :: Nov. 19, 2010 ... American Medical News:

amednews: Long shifts, nights on call lead to depression and burnout in surgeons :: Nov. 19, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Long shifts, nights on call lead to depression and burnout in surgeons :: Nov. 19, 2010 ... American Medical News:

Soaring ED Visits Cause Hospital Overcrowding

Soaring ED Visits Cause Hospital Overcrowding:

The Truth About Selling Your Ambulatory Surgery Center | ASC Transactions and Valuation Issues

The Truth About Selling Your Ambulatory Surgery Center ASC Transactions and Valuation Issues:

Patients Can Expect A 92 Percent Limb Salvage Rate Three Years After Transpedal Revascularization Procedures

Patients Can Expect A 92 Percent Limb Salvage Rate Three Years After Transpedal Revascularization Procedures:

Healthcare law: Donald Berwick argues against healthcare repeal - chicagotribune.com

Healthcare law: Donald Berwick argues against healthcare repeal - chicagotribune.com:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Baucus, Grassley introduce bill to extend doc pay formula - Modern Physician

Baucus, Grassley introduce bill to extend doc pay formula - Modern Physician:

Owning a Surgery Center: The Best Investment I Will Ever Make | News & Analysis

Owning a Surgery Center: The Best Investment I Will Ever Make News & Analysis:

Fat vs. Fit: MCG Researchers' "Of Mice and Men" Study | WJBF–TV

Fat vs. Fit: MCG Researchers' "Of Mice and Men" Study WJBF–TV:

Medicare Pay Cut for Doctors to Be Delayed in Deal - BusinessWeek

Medicare Pay Cut for Doctors to Be Delayed in Deal - BusinessWeek:

U.S. House picks new leaders, including some Georgians  | ajc.com

U.S. House picks new leaders, including some Georgians ajc.com:

HPV Vaccine Safe, Effective For Anal Cancer Prevention In Studies, FDA Document Says

HPV Vaccine Safe, Effective For Anal Cancer Prevention In Studies, FDA Document Says

Cancer Treatment Centers Of America® Midwestern Regional Medical Center Receives 'Gold Standard' In Accreditation For Its Breast Cancer Program

Cancer Treatment Centers Of America® Midwestern Regional Medical Center Receives 'Gold Standard' In Accreditation For Its Breast Cancer Program:

Medicare opt-out provision triggers scope-of-practice debate :: Nov. 15, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Medicare opt-out provision triggers scope-of-practice debate :: Nov. 15, 2010 ... American Medical News:

As members of GSACS, you need to let your views on this issue known.

AMA, Doctors Pushing Congress to Fix Medicare Patch : Roll Call

AMA, Doctors Pushing Congress to Fix Medicare Patch : Roll Call:

The Physician’s Place in the ACO

The Physician’s Place in the ACO:

Republicans critical as Medicare chief appears | Reuters

Republicans critical as Medicare chief appears Reuters:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Health Care CEOs Earn Top Pay - Health Blog - WSJ

Health Care CEOs Earn Top Pay - Health Blog - WSJ:

Scorecard: How Health Industry PACs Placed Their Election Bets - Kaiser Health News

Scorecard: How Health Industry PACs Placed Their Election Bets - Kaiser Health News:

Crowley to repealers: Skip coverage - Glenn Thrush - POLITICO.com

Crowley to repealers: Skip coverage - Glenn Thrush - POLITICO.com:

CMS finalizes 2011 Medicare physician fee schedule :: Nov. 15, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: CMS finalizes 2011 Medicare physician fee schedule :: Nov. 15, 2010 ... American Medical News:

News from the American College of Surgeons: Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, Elected Chair of American College of Surgeons Board of Regents

News from the American College of Surgeons: Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, Elected Chair of American College of Surgeons Board of Regents:

News from the American College of Surgeons: National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Study Reveals a Health Care Gap in the Use of Total Thyroidectomy for Treating Thyroid Cancer in Children

News from the American College of Surgeons: National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Study Reveals a Health Care Gap in the Use of Total Thyroidectomy for Treating Thyroid Cancer in Children:

Treatment zaps high blood pressure at the source | Reuters

Treatment zaps high blood pressure at the source Reuters:

Higher Dose Of Anti-clotting Drug No Better Than Standard Dose For High Risk Patients With Drug-coated Stents

Higher Dose Of Anti-clotting Drug No Better Than Standard Dose For High Risk Patients With Drug-coated Stents:

Medical News: Preventable Harms Common for Older Hospital Patients - in Public Health & Policy, Medicare from MedPage Today

Medical News: Preventable Harms Common for Older Hospital Patients - in Public Health & Policy, Medicare from MedPage Today:

From The Joint Commission: A follow-up report on preventing suicide

A follow-up report on preventing suicide on medical/surgical units and the emergency department

Issue 46: A follow-up report on preventing suicide Joint Commission:

Hopkins CEO: Nurse practitioners could reduce need for more docs - FierceHealthcare

Hopkins CEO: Nurse practitioners could reduce need for more docs - FierceHealthcare:

U.S. patients getting care back on track - FiercePracticeManagement

U.S. patients getting care back on track - FiercePracticeManagement:

Hospital alignment: Cards are in physicians' hands - FiercePracticeManagement

Hospital alignment: Cards are in physicians' hands - FiercePracticeManagement:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nickel and Diming Docs Won’t Pay For Medicare | FrumForum

Nickel and Diming Docs Won’t Pay For Medicare FrumForum

Dr. Scott Ferguson - Patients Must Have Access to Quality Care

A Surgeon Confesses To Error And Hopes It's A Lesson Learned : Shots - Health News Blog : NPR

A Surgeon Confesses To Error And Hopes It's A Lesson Learned : Shots - Health News Blog : NPR

Prophylactic Mastectomy Not The Only Option For Young Women At Hereditary Cancer Risk, Australia

Prophylactic Mastectomy Not The Only Option For Young Women At Hereditary Cancer Risk, Australia

Hospitals' new specialist: Social media manager

amednews: Hospitals' new specialist: Social media manager :: Nov. 8, 2010 ... American Medical News

Does your hospital have a social media presence?

Tool kit aims to prepare physicians for legal implications of social media

amednews: Tool kit aims to prepare physicians for legal implications of social media :: Oct. 28, 2010 ... American Medical News

Thursday, November 11, 2010

CDC debunks myths about the uninsured - FierceHealthcare

CDC debunks myths about the uninsured - FierceHealthcare:

U.S. commission pitches $3.8T debt cutting plan that includes cutting Medicare benefits.

CBC News - Money - U.S. commission pitches $3.8T debt cutting plan: "

A commission set up by U.S. President Barack Obama is proposing an austerity plan that would reduce social security and Medicare benefits, modify personal and corporate tax rates and eliminate mortgage-interest tax deductibility.

November 17 House Call on Congress. Stop the SGR cuts!

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Join Patients' Action Network members and doctors from around the country on Wednesday, Nov. 17 for a nationwide House Call on Congress. Use the American Medical Association (AMA) toll-free grassroots hotline: (888) 434-6200.
It's a tragedy that Congress has let Medicare erode into an unreliable, unstable system for patients and their doctors. The AMA's Patients' Action Network is doing everything we can to help set it right, but we need your help.
Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Nov. 17, call your U.S. senators using the hotline: (888) 434-6200.
Tell your senators to:
·    Meet their self-imposed Dec. 1 deadline to address this crisis before it begins to disrupt access to care for you and your family.
·    Provide some stability for the Medicare program by stopping the cuts for at least 13 months, to allow time for fixing the Medicare mess once and for all.
·    Resolve this problem once and for all in the coming months. Baby boomers begin entering Medicare soon, and if this problem isn't fixed, these new Medicare patients may not be able to find a doctor to treat them.
We urge you to join your friends and colleagues on Wednesday, Nov. 17 and call your senators. Tell Congress its inaction is coming between you and your doctor and putting your access to care at risk! 



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Are Doctors Even Involved In The Healthcare Debate? View from a surgeon, Robert Sewell, MD FACS

Robert Sewell, MD, FACS is the author of this account of the recently completed AMA Interim Meeting.

Hailing from North Texas, Dr. Sewell the immediate past President of the American Society of General Surgeons and is now the ASGS Delegate to the American Medical Association. He also sits on the Board of Managers for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital - Southlake.

Veterans Day Look at the Army Forward Surgical Unit at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How Mich. Blue Cross stifled Ford's attempt to control costs - USATODAY.com

How Mich. Blue Cross stifled Ford's attempt to control costs - USATODAY.com:

Do you know of other cases or stories like this one?

Mitch McConnell to back health-care suit - Jennifer Haberkorn - POLITICO.com

Mitch McConnell to back health-care suit - Jennifer Haberkorn - POLITICO.com:

KevinMD always a good read. Medical malpractice and how legal waste increases overall costs

Medical malpractice and how legal waste increases overall costs:

Justices Reject Review of Health-Care Overhaul - WSJ.com

Justices Reject Review of Health-Care Overhaul - WSJ.com:

New GOP governors will affect health law

New GOP governors will affect health law:

Congratulations to Dr. Fred Mullins and staff - Joseph M. Still Burn Center ICU Improves Patient Care | WJBF–TV

Be sure to share this great story and video with your colleagues, patients and staff. Congratulations to Fred Mullins, MD, FACS and his staff for the great work they do at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center.

Joseph M. Still Burn Center ICU Improves Patient Care WJBF–TV:

Blast from the Past - American College of Surgeons (1983 Commercial)

GOP investigators take aim at health care overhaul

The Associated Press: GOP investigators take aim at health care overhaul:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

amednews: U.S. plans to create massive medical claims database :: Nov. 8, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: U.S. plans to create massive medical claims database :: Nov. 8, 2010 ... American Medical News

Wondering what the American College of Surgeons does for you?

AMA - New AMA Policy Helps Guide Physicians’ Use of Social Media

AMA - New AMA Policy Helps Guide Physicians’ Use of Social Media:

Got any social media success and/or horror stories?

HHS chief says Obama sees SGR as "top priority".

HHS chief says President Obama sees the SGR fix as "top priority".

Part B News - latest Medicare rules with guidance, analysis and news coverage : Part B News Blog:

Trauma care remains real need in Georgia. Now what?

Forum: Trauma care remains real need in Georgia OnlineAthens.com

The need for a statewide trauma network with a sustainable funding source did not go away because Amendment 2 failed at the polls. What happens now?

Medical News: AMA Supports 13-Month Doc Fix - in Washington-Watch, Washington Watch from MedPage Today

Medical News: AMA Supports 13-Month Doc Fix - in Washington-Watch, Washington Watch from MedPage Today

Monday, November 8, 2010

amednews: Public concern high over impending Medicare pay cuts :: Nov. 8, 2010 ... American Medical News

amednews: Public concern high over impending Medicare pay cuts :: Nov. 8, 2010 ... American Medical News

AMA chief says Medicare cuts will be catastrophic - Health - msnbc.com

Have you gotten out of the Medicare program? Have you stopped taking new Medicare patients? How has your decision about the Medicare program affected your practice?

AMA chief says Medicare cuts will be catastrophic - Health - msnbc.com

Conservatives' Conflict: Try For Health Law Repeal - Or Revision? - Kaiser Health News

Conservatives' Conflict: Try For Health Law Repeal - Or Revision? - Kaiser Health News

Five ways to engage patients with Facebook pages - FiercePracticeManagement

If you are intersted in using Facebook to promote your practice, this is a great read.

Five ways to engage patients with Facebook pages - FiercePracticeManagement:

FDA Reclassifies Certain Digital Mammography Devices

FDA Reclassifies Certain Digital Mammography Devices:

Deal names remaining members of his transition team

Deal names remaining members of his transition team Georgia Elections News

Deal names remaining members of his transition team
Governor-elect Nathan Deal has announced the remaining members of his transition team and they include his former campaign accountant and attorney, his daughter-in-law, several Republican heavy-hitters and one former political foe.

The other members of his transition committee are:
Jimmy Allen, a forensic accountant who was hired by the Deal campaign for governor;
Denise Deal, Deal’s daughter-in-law;
Kit Dunlap, chairwoman of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce;
Randy Evans, who served as the attorney for Deal’s campaign;
State Rep. Melvin Everson, R-Snellville, a former candidate for labor commissioner;
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist and the chairman of the Board of Governors of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation;
Georgia Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, a former Republican candidate for governor;
Georgia House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Alpharetta;
Georgia House Majority Leader Jerry Keen, R-St. Simons Island;
Dan Lee, a former state senator;
Rob Leebern, a principal with Troutman Sanders Strategies who served as the chief of staff to Saxby Chambliss when Chambliss was in the U.S. House of Representatives;
Bill Lingenfelter, former president of Wachovia-Georgia;
Steven Meeks;
State Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga;
State Sen. Chip Pearson, R-Dawsonville;
Tricia Pridemore, a Deal supporter and founder of the Georgia chapter of Glenn Beck’s 912 Project;
Neil Pruitt, chairman and CEO of UHS-Pruitt Corp.;
Wesley Smith;
Michael Shaffer;
Joe Tanner;
Charles Tarbutton;
Monty Veazy.

Last week Deal announced that Rogers Wade, the chairman of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, would lead his transition team. And he named a few other members:

Pete Robinson, chairman of Troutman Sanders’ lobbying arm and a veteran of the Capitol lobbying corps. Deal’s team indicated that Robinson would stop lobbying while serving on the transition team;

John Watson, Perdue’s former chief of staff and the founder of a major Atlanta lobbying firm. He is now an executive in a commercial real estate firm;

Philip Wilheit, the president of a Gainesville-based packaging firm and a major Deal donor and business partner.