Sunday, December 29, 2013

H1N1 Flu Spreading in South-Central U.S.

H1N1 Flu Spreading in South-Central U.S.

2013 Year-in-Review: A government shutdown and showdown, Pioneer ACOs exit program and more - FierceHealthcare

2013 Year-in-Review: A government shutdown and showdown, Pioneer ACOs exit program and more - FierceHealthcare

Poll: Support Slipping for Affordable Care Act

Poll: Support Slipping for Affordable Care Act

The top 10 health stories in Georgia for 2013 | Georgia Health News

The top 10 health stories in Georgia for 2013 | Georgia Health News

Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups - Yahoo News

Federal health market surpasses 1 million signups - Yahoo News

Friday, December 20, 2013

As Body Weight Rises, So Do Health Costs, Study Finds

As Body Weight Rises, So Do Health Costs, Study Finds

Patients prefer docs over NPs for their medical care - FierceHealthcare

Patients prefer docs over NPs for their medical care - FierceHealthcare

Few residency programs train new physicians to be cost-conscious - FierceHealthcare

Few residency programs train new physicians to be cost-conscious - FierceHealthcare

Memorial, Novant to build $28 million children's hospital | savannahnow.com

Memorial, Novant to build $28 million children's hospital | savannahnow.com

The Hospital Authority of Ben Hill County files complaint against Phoebe Putney Health System | Albany Herald

The Hospital Authority of Ben Hill County files complaint against Phoebe Putney Health System | Albany Herald

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review Finds Weight-Loss Surgery Safe and Effective

Review Finds Weight-Loss Surgery Safe and Effective

Majority of hospital execs believe there is doctor, nurse shortage - FierceHealthcare

Majority of hospital execs believe there is doctor, nurse shortage - FierceHealthcare

Harbin President Davis tells Senate Study Committee that some hospitals threatening independent doctors - Rome News-Tribune: Business

Harbin President Davis tells Senate Study Committee that some hospitals threatening independent doctors - Rome News-Tribune: Business

State fires back at critical public health report | Georgia Health News

State fires back at critical public health report | Georgia Health News

Poll: Both uninsured, insured skeptical about Obamacare - CBS News

Poll: Both uninsured, insured skeptical about Obamacare - CBS News

Study: It’s All Healthy People — Not Just Young Adults — Who Are Critical To ACA Success – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Study: It’s All Healthy People — Not Just Young Adults — Who Are Critical To ACA Success – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

E. Coli 'Superbug' May Pose Major Health Threat: Study

E. Coli 'Superbug' May Pose Major Health Threat: Study

Type of Surgical Anesthesia Might Influence Prostate Cancer's Return

Type of Surgical Anesthesia Might Influence Prostate Cancer's Return

Northeast Georgia Medical designated as Level II trauma center

Northeast Georgia Medical designated as Level II trauma center

Residents confront Dougherty County Commission over Hospital Board appointment | Albany Herald

Residents confront Dougherty County Commission over Hospital Board appointment | Albany Herald

A Drop in Opposition to Obamacare Helps Stabilize a Struggling Presidency - ABC News

A Drop in Opposition to Obamacare Helps Stabilize a Struggling Presidency - ABC News

Twenty-three states aren’t expanding Medicaid. Here’s who they leave behind.

Twenty-three states aren’t expanding Medicaid. Here’s who they leave behind.

Report: Medicaid “coverage gap” mostly hits minorities - CBS News

Report: Medicaid “coverage gap” mostly hits minorities - CBS News

Glaxo Says It Will Stop Paying Doctors to Promote Drugs - NYTimes.com

Glaxo Says It Will Stop Paying Doctors to Promote Drugs - NYTimes.com

Monday, December 16, 2013

Patient safety goal aims to end clinical alarm fatigue - FierceHealthcare

Patient safety goal aims to end clinical alarm fatigue - FierceHealthcare

Frustration grows over delay in docs’ pay raise | Georgia Health News

Frustration grows over delay in docs’ pay raise | Georgia Health News

Congress stalls Medicare doc payment cuts - FierceHealthcare

Congress stalls Medicare doc payment cuts - FierceHealthcare

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnett doctor testifies on Obamacare | Gwinnett Daily Post

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnett doctor testifies on Obamacare | Gwinnett Daily Post

Poll: Many Georgians nervous about ACA | Georgia Health News

Poll: Many Georgians nervous about ACA | Georgia Health News

The Marietta Daily Journal - WellStar Kennestone Hospital prepares for residency training

The Marietta Daily Journal - WellStar Kennestone Hospital prepares for residency training

Phoebe cutting ties with Fitzgerald hospital | Georgia Health News

Phoebe cutting ties with Fitzgerald hospital | Georgia Health News

AP-GfK poll: Health law seen as eroding coverage - Yahoo Finance

AP-GfK poll: Health law seen as eroding coverage - Yahoo Finance

Ga. lawmakers plan legislation to block care act | www.ajc.com

Ga. lawmakers plan legislation to block care act | www.ajc.com

Friday, December 13, 2013

Apply for International ACS NSQIP Scholarships by February 14

Apply for International ACS NSQIP Scholarships by February 14
The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® (ACS NSQIP®) and the International Relations Committee co-sponsor two surgical quality improvement scholarships for surgeons from countries other than the U.S. or Canada. All application materials and supporting documents for the 2014 ACS NSQIP Scholarships must be received by February 14.
The $10,000 awards will provide the scholars with an opportunity to attend the 2014 ACS NSQIP National Conference July 26-29 in New York, NY, and to meet with program leaders and surgeon champions from ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals. Following the conference, the scholars will be encouraged to visit one to two hospitals that provide services that are aligned with their specific clinical interests and have strong quality programs.
View the full scholarship requirements and application form for this program on the ACS website. Direct questions to the ACS International Liaison, Kate Early, at kearly@facs.org.

MRI assessment of rectal cancer provides crucial prognostic information to improve survival for patients - Medical News Today

MRI assessment of rectal cancer provides crucial prognostic information to improve survival for patients - Medical News Today

ACS Opposes Legislative Proposal that Would Freeze Physicians’ Pay for the Next Decade | American College of Surgeons

ACS Opposes Legislative Proposal that Would Freeze Physicians’ Pay for the Next Decade | American College of Surgeons

Drug May Help Slow Advanced Breast Cancer

Drug May Help Slow Advanced Breast Cancer

Flu Vaccine Prevented 6.6 Million Illnesses Last Season: CDC

Flu Vaccine Prevented 6.6 Million Illnesses Last Season: CDC

Hospital groups plan to lobby against budget cuts - FierceHealthcare

Hospital groups plan to lobby against budget cuts - FierceHealthcare

Columbia County pursuing a hospital | The Augusta Chronicle

Columbia County pursuing a hospital | The Augusta Chronicle

A Mixed Report on Georgians' Health | WABE 90.1 FM

A Mixed Report on Georgians' Health | WABE 90.1 FM

Poll: Many Georgians nervous about ACA | Georgia Health News

Poll: Many Georgians nervous about ACA | Georgia Health News

How they voted: The Georgia delegation and the budget deal | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

How they voted: The Georgia delegation and the budget deal | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Even Mild Hits to the Head Might Harm the Brain, Study Finds

Even Mild Hits to the Head Might Harm the Brain, Study Finds

FDA to Limit Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals

FDA to Limit Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals

Chemo for Advanced Breast Cancer Might Be Enough

Chemo for Advanced Breast Cancer Might Be Enough

Proposed budget compromise would mean more cuts for Medicare providers - FierceHealthcare

Proposed budget compromise would mean more cuts for Medicare providers - FierceHealthcare

States don't make the grade in providing physician info to consumers - FierceHealthcare

States don't make the grade in providing physician info to consumers - FierceHealthcare

Obamacare becoming focus of Senate race in Georgia | Online Athens

Obamacare becoming focus of Senate race in Georgia | Online Athens

Exchange enrollment up, but still weak | Georgia Health News

Exchange enrollment up, but still weak | Georgia Health News

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ACS Opposes Legislative Proposal that Would Freeze Physicians’ Pay for the Next Decade | American College of Surgeons

ACS Opposes Legislative Proposal that Would Freeze Physicians’ Pay for the Next Decade | American College of Surgeons

Report: Most States Do A Poor Job Informing Consumers About Physician Quality – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Report: Most States Do A Poor Job Informing Consumers About Physician Quality – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Report: Most States Do A Poor Job Informing Consumers About Physician Quality – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Report: Most States Do A Poor Job Informing Consumers About Physician Quality – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Medicare Beneficiaries Have Good Access To Doctors, Study Finds – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Medicare Beneficiaries Have Good Access To Doctors, Study Finds – Capsules - The KHN Blog

CBO Cuts Cost of SGR Repeal Yet Again

CBO Cuts Cost of SGR Repeal Yet Again

A win-win plan: Protecting providers, reducing costs | Georgia Health News

A win-win plan: Protecting providers, reducing costs | Georgia Health News

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Improved screening methods likely following new insights into Barrett's esophagus, cancer evolution - Medical News Today

Improved screening methods likely following new insights into Barrett's esophagus, cancer evolution - Medical News Today

Risk of serious complications after immediate breast reconstruction with implants increased by obesity, smoking - Medical News Today

Risk of serious complications after immediate breast reconstruction with implants increased by obesity, smoking - Medical News Today

Successful nurse-led initiatives, HHS grants bolster calls for expanded nurse role - FierceHealthcare

Successful nurse-led initiatives, HHS grants bolster calls for expanded nurse role - FierceHealthcare

Study calculates cost of expansion decision | Georgia Health News

Study calculates cost of expansion decision | Georgia Health News

Does Knowing Medical Prices Save Money? CalPERS Experiment Says Yes – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Does Knowing Medical Prices Save Money? CalPERS Experiment Says Yes – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Friday, December 6, 2013

Obesity, Smoking Increase Breast Reconstruction Complication Risk| American College of Surgeons

Obesity, Smoking Increase Breast Reconstruction Complication Risk| American College of Surgeons

New colorectal cancer target found in stem cell gene - Medical News Today

New colorectal cancer target found in stem cell gene - Medical News Today

Study increases understanding of the development of obesity and insulin resistance - Medical News Today

Study increases understanding of the development of obesity and insulin resistance - Medical News Today

Some Diabetes Drugs May Affect Cancer Risk in Women: Study

Some Diabetes Drugs May Affect Cancer Risk in Women: Study

Community hospitals don't take advantage of clinical research - FierceHealthcare

Community hospitals don't take advantage of clinical research - FierceHealthcare

Georgia IT company helps hospitals share images fast | Georgia Health News

Georgia IT company helps hospitals share images fast | Georgia Health News

Poll: Obamacare opposition ticks up - Tal Kopan - POLITICO.com

Poll: Obamacare opposition ticks up - Tal Kopan - POLITICO.com

Study: Refusing Medicaid expansion will cost states billions of dollars

Study: Refusing Medicaid expansion will cost states billions of dollars

Feds’ site gives states incomplete Medicaid data - The Washington Post

Feds’ site gives states incomplete Medicaid data - The Washington Post

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jackson Healthcare acquires Tyler & Co. staffing firm | www.ajc.com

Jackson Healthcare acquires Tyler & Co. staffing firm | www.ajc.com

Mayo Clinic Care Network adds Georgia hospital - PostBulletin.com: Local Business

Mayo Clinic Care Network adds Georgia hospital - PostBulletin.com: Local Business

Physicians and Medicare: Understanding Participation, Non-Participation and Opting Out - Manage My Practice

Physicians and Medicare: Understanding Participation, Non-Participation and Opting Out - Manage My Practice

Pro and Con Editorials on Experimental Med-Mal Proposal - SB 141

No silver bullet solution
BY WILLIAM E. SILVER, MD
With three abstentions, the Medical Association of Georgia’s board of directors unanimously rejected the medical malpractice administrative tort system concept that was under consideration in the state when the General Assembly met in January of this year.

These physicians were asked to buy into a silver bullet solution that proponents say would “lower premiums and save tax dollars and pay injured patients quicker.” But having given both pro and con perspectives full and equal time and consideration, the leaders of the leading voice for the medical profession in Georgia concluded the “Patients’ Compensation Act” (S.B. 141) would simply represent a new tax on physicians and other health care providers.
The association determined S.B. 141 would increase the number of claims that are filed, increase costs for physicians and other health care providers, and repeal provisions of the tort reform bill (S.B. 3) that passed in Georgia in 2005, which has proven to be instrumental in creating a better medical practice environment.
A study conducted by Aon Risk Solutions for the Patients for Fair Compensation organization found that S.B. 141 would result in a 1,700 percent increase in claims for insignificant injuries like lacerations, bruises, minor scarsand rashes. Aon also calculated costs would increase by 13 percent, while the professional services company Towers Watson estimated costs could grow between 35 percent and 105 percent.
Noteworthy, too, is that former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers decided that S.B. 141 would be ruled unconstitutional by the Georgia Supreme Court.
The Medical Association of Georgia - the largest physician advocacy organization in the state with more than 7,400 members – spent more than a year evaluating S.B. 141, which has no proven track record in the U.S. I simply don’t believe you’ll find a more credible group to weigh in on this issue than the association’s board of directors because it is comprised of physicians from across the state who care for patients in a wide range of medical specialties and practice settings.
I have the privilege of interacting with some of these individuals on a regular basis as association president. From Savannah to Columbus to Atlanta, this talented and caring group agrees we need to continue to look for ways to improve Georgia’s tort system so they can allocate more time to patients and in delivering the best medical care in the world.
Yet these same physicians – having heard both sides of the argument – are also convinced that S.B. 141 is an unsustainable and losing proposition. In fact, the adage “If it sounds too good to be true…” has never been more apropos.


Reform medical malpractice
BY BERNIE MARCUS
President Barack Obama is scrambling to keep promises he made to Americans when he sold us the Affordable Care Act. But what happened to his pledge to reform the medical malpractice system?
Our current liability system drives costs far higher and denies compensation to patients harmed by doctors. It’s expensive and unfair and the new law ignores the issue completely.
Reforming the way this nation compensates injured patients affects everyone. By not addressing the issue, Obamacare will cost Americans dearly - particularly doctors and patients - while protecting the profits of trial lawyers and malpractice insurers.
Today, doctors often order unnecessary medical tests, procedures or consultations to protect themselves from lawsuits. Defensive medicine accounts for $200 billion to $650 billion of the nation’s annual health care tab.
Cut this waste and President Obama’s “cost curve” will bend considerably. Healthcare costs would drop. The Affordable Care Act would be far more affordable.
Instead, under Obamacare, doctors will be told not to order expensive tests and penalized for patients’ frequent care and hospital visits. And they will still be liable for outcomes.
The result: doctors will refuse to see the sickest patients, leaving fewer doctors to take care of more patients.
Today, nearly 80 percent of injured patients have no legal recourse. According to an Emory University School of Law survey, most lawyers sniff at cases without a $500,000 potential award. The vast majority of medical malpractice cases never go forward. Without a lawyer on contingency, few patients can afford to pursue litigation.
According to Towers Watson, an actuarial firm, only 17 percent of the $8.75 billion in U.S. medical liability policies annually goes to harmed patients. Another 17 percent goes to trial lawyers. Insurance companies actually keep 65 percent; it’s the most profitable product they sell.
Today the Georgia and Florida legislatures are considering solutions for a new way – a patients compensation system (PCS). A mash-up of workers’ compensation and no-fault insurance, it would be run by a public-private board. Medical professionals would review claims, taking the process out of the civil courts, and issue awards predetermined by medical actuaries.
Without fear of malpractice lawsuits, fewer doctors would practice defensive medicine. There would be more claims, but awards would be smaller. Total payouts would dramatically decrease. Most importantly, 80 percent of the awards would go to patients, not lawyers or insurance companies.
Surprisingly, the medical associations of Georgia and Florida oppose this reform. Perhaps it’s because both have financial stakes in their states’ largest medical malpractice insurance companies. According to Oppenheim Research, 95 percent of Georgia physicians support the new proposal.
Today, all eyes are on Georgia. If our legislators pass long overdue medical malpractice reform, other states will follow suit. With Georgia’s leadership, national health care costs can be cut dramatically, and both doctors and patients will get real justice.



ACS Responds to Congressional Proposal to Repeal the SGR

‎www.facs.org/ahp/medicare/sgr-sign-on-flores-maffei.pdf

Factors that Influence Choice of Weight Loss Operation Type | American College of Surgeons

Factors that Influence Choice of Weight Loss Operation Type | American College of Surgeons

Better handoff communication reduces medical errors - FierceHealthcare

Better handoff communication reduces medical errors - FierceHealthcare

Emory professor, surgeon killed in plane crash - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Emory professor, surgeon killed in plane crash - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Technical Work-Around Could Mean Medicaid Headache for Georgia | WABE 90.1 FM

Technical Work-Around Could Mean Medicaid Headache for Georgia | WABE 90.1 FM

Fulton Commissioners Hear Protests Against Grady Budget Cuts | WABE 90.1 FM

Fulton Commissioners Hear Protests Against Grady Budget Cuts | WABE 90.1 FM

Study calculates cost of expansion decision | Georgia Health News

Study calculates cost of expansion decision | Georgia Health News

Obamacare fix wins applause, but troubles remain - David Nather - POLITICO.com

Obamacare fix wins applause, but troubles remain - David Nather - POLITICO.com

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CMS issues 2014 hospital outpatient and ASC payment rule - FierceHealthcare

CMS issues 2014 hospital outpatient and ASC payment rule - FierceHealthcare

CTCA chief spearheads hospital’s growth - The Newnan Times-Herald

CTCA chief spearheads hospital’s growth - The Newnan Times-Herald

Progress being made against costly readmissions | Georgia Health News

Progress being made against costly readmissions | Georgia Health News

Hospitals will quote prices for parking, not procedures | Reuters

Hospitals will quote prices for parking, not procedures | Reuters

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Single Stitch Tops $500 - NYTimes.com

As Hospital Prices Soar, a Single Stitch Tops $500 - NYTimes.com

Year-end signups crucial test for health care site | www.ajc.com

Year-end signups crucial test for health care site | www.ajc.com

Sunday, December 1, 2013

ACA changing ways hospitals operate - FierceHealthcare

ACA changing ways hospitals operate - FierceHealthcare

3 reasons patients won't sue doctors - FiercePracticeManagement

3 reasons patients won't sue doctors - FiercePracticeManagement

Site visit planned as Northeast Georgia Medical Center continues pursuit of trauma designation

Site visit planned as Northeast Georgia Medical Center continues pursuit of trauma designation

Med school expands options for patients, doctors | Georgia Health News

Med school expands options for patients, doctors | Georgia Health News

Doctors: New Health Care Plans Raise Red Flags - Washington Wire - WSJ

Doctors: New Health Care Plans Raise Red Flags - Washington Wire - WSJ

UnitedHealthcare Dropping Hundreds Of Doctors From Medicare Advantage Plans - Kaiser Health News

UnitedHealthcare Dropping Hundreds Of Doctors From Medicare Advantage Plans - Kaiser Health News

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Post-ICU Syndrome: Hospitals Do More to Help Patients Recover from Intensive Care - WSJ.com

Post-ICU Syndrome: Hospitals Do More to Help Patients Recover from Intensive Care - WSJ.com

Rick Scott’s Medicaid push stalled in Florida - Jason Millman - POLITICO.com

Rick Scott’s Medicaid push stalled in Florida - Jason Millman - POLITICO.com

James Thomas 'Tom' Cooper, 78; Founded Doctor of the Day... | www.ajc.com

James Thomas 'Tom' Cooper, 78; Founded Doctor of the Day... | www.ajc.com

Might Stomach Artery Treatment Be Future Weight-Loss Tool?

Might Stomach Artery Treatment Be Future Weight-Loss Tool?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cuts, closures face top hospitals in states that didn't expand Medicaid - FierceHealthcare

Cuts, closures face top hospitals in states that didn't expand Medicaid - FierceHealthcare

‘Narrow Networks’ Trigger Push-Back From State Officials - Kaiser Health News

‘Narrow Networks’ Trigger Push-Back From State Officials - Kaiser Health News

Hearing focuses on health care in rural Georgia | www.ajc.com

Hearing focuses on health care in rural Georgia | www.ajc.com

More patients rely on price transparency for care decisions - FierceHealthcare

More patients rely on price transparency for care decisions - FierceHealthcare

Georgia needs PAs, and more are on the way

Georgia needs PAs, and more are on the way

Insurers Cut Doctors' Fees in New Health-Care Plans - WSJ.com

Insurers Cut Doctors' Fees in New Health-Care Plans - WSJ.com

Obamacare Deadline For Jan. 1 Coverage Extended One Week – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Obamacare Deadline For Jan. 1 Coverage Extended One Week – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gainesville to host health care committee hearing

Gainesville to host health care committee hearing

Survey: Employer health insurance expected to rise 5.8 percent in 2014 - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Survey: Employer health insurance expected to rise 5.8 percent in 2014 - Atlanta Business Chronicle

How Obamacare has fared in each state

How Obamacare has fared in each state

Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down - The Washington Post

Insurers restricting choice of doctors and hospitals to keep costs down - The Washington Post

President’s Cancellation 'Fix' Likely To Affect A Limited Number Of Consumers - Kaiser Health News

President’s Cancellation 'Fix' Likely To Affect A Limited Number Of Consumers - Kaiser Health News

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ACS Responds to Congressional SGR Proposal

‎waysandmeans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/sgr_discussion_draft.pdf

Update: Philippines | American College of Surgeons

Update: Philippines | American College of Surgeons

AMA to Congress: Repeal SGR - FierceHealthcare

AMA to Congress: Repeal SGR - FierceHealthcare

Record number say government should stay out of healthcare - FierceHealthcare

Record number say government should stay out of healthcare - FierceHealthcare

Survey: Docs don’t like Obamacare - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Survey: Docs don’t like Obamacare - Atlanta Business Chronicle

In Stance on Renewal of Old Health Policies, States Run the Gamut - NYTimes.com

In Stance on Renewal of Old Health Policies, States Run the Gamut - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Medical providers urged legislators to expand Medicaid | savannahnow.com

Medical providers urged legislators to expand Medicaid | savannahnow.com

State update will revise hospital Medicaid payments | Georgia Health News

State update will revise hospital Medicaid payments | Georgia Health News

Mayo Clinic may ramp up presence in Georgia | Georgia Health News

Mayo Clinic may ramp up presence in Georgia | Georgia Health News

Safety-Net Hospitals Lose More Under Medicare’s Quality-Based Payments, Analysis Finds – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Safety-Net Hospitals Lose More Under Medicare’s Quality-Based Payments, Analysis Finds – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Doctors Complain They Will Be Paid Less By Exchange Plans - Kaiser Health News

Doctors Complain They Will Be Paid Less By Exchange Plans - Kaiser Health News

Friday, November 15, 2013

Jury awards Alabama couple $6.7 million in malpractice suit | Local News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Jury awards Alabama couple $6.7 million in malpractice suit | Local News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

Additional hospitals to get funds for MD residencies | Online Athens

Additional hospitals to get funds for MD residencies | Online Athens

Obama’s patch for ACA much like Georgia’s | Georgia Health News

Obama’s patch for ACA much like Georgia’s | Georgia Health News

Obama announces change to address health insurance cancellations - The Washington Post

Obama announces change to address health insurance cancellations - The Washington Post

Which Hospitals Score Best On Medicare’s Quality Measures? – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Which Hospitals Score Best On Medicare’s Quality Measures? – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Nearly 1,500 Hospitals Penalized Under Medicare Program Rating Quality - Kaiser Health News

Nearly 1,500 Hospitals Penalized Under Medicare Program Rating Quality - Kaiser Health News

Lack of younger enrollees threatens exchanges | www.ajc.com

Lack of younger enrollees threatens exchanges | www.ajc.com

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New study examines safety and efficacy of drug coated baloon angioplasty for treatment of femoropopliteal artery disease - Medical News Today

New study examines safety and efficacy of drug coated baloon angioplasty for treatment of femoropopliteal artery disease - Medical News Today

Breast cancer radiotherapy during surgery could ease treatment - Medical News Today

Breast cancer radiotherapy during surgery could ease treatment - Medical News Today

Post-Surgery Pain Tied to Temporary Memory Decline in Mice

Post-Surgery Pain Tied to Temporary Memory Decline in Mice

U.S. lags behind in health outcomes despite rising spending, costs - FierceHealthcare

U.S. lags behind in health outcomes despite rising spending, costs - FierceHealthcare

Sign-up figures tell disappointing tale | Georgia Health News

Sign-up figures tell disappointing tale | Georgia Health News

Sunday, November 10, 2013

American College of Surgeons and Surgical Organizations Release Physicians as Assistants at Surgery

American College of Surgeons and Surgical Organizations Release Physicians as Assistants at Surgery

ACS NewsScope November 8, 2013 | American College of Surgeons

ACS NewsScope November 8, 2013 | American College of Surgeons

Poll: Americans support greater access to NP care - FierceHealthcare

Poll: Americans support greater access to NP care - FierceHealthcare

Doctors who share information could improve patients' satisfaction - FierceHealthcare

Doctors who share information could improve patients' satisfaction - FierceHealthcare

MedPac: Next 3-year cycle of ACOs should involve more risk - FierceHealthcare

MedPac: Next 3-year cycle of ACOs should involve more risk - FierceHealthcare

White House pushes Florida, Louisiana on Medicaid - POLITICO.com

White House pushes Florida, Louisiana on Medicaid - POLITICO.com

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bypass surgery changes how the brain responds to food | Bariatric News

Bypass surgery changes how the brain responds to food | Bariatric News

Weighing in: Three years post-op bariatric surgery patients see big benefits, Pitt study says - Medical News Today

Weighing in: Three years post-op bariatric surgery patients see big benefits, Pitt study says - Medical News Today

Hospital Stay May Improve When Doctor Takes Time to Connect

Hospital Stay May Improve When Doctor Takes Time to Connect

Changes implemented to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital emergency department | Albany Herald

Changes implemented to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital emergency department | Albany Herald

State Leaders Continue to Oppose Medicaid Expansion in Georgia | WABE 90.1 FM

State Leaders Continue to Oppose Medicaid Expansion in Georgia | WABE 90.1 FM

Medicaid Enrollment Tops Private Insurance Sign-Up in Expansion States

Medicaid Enrollment Tops Private Insurance Sign-Up in Expansion States

Johnny Isakson presses Kathleen Sebelius on background checks... | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

Johnny Isakson presses Kathleen Sebelius on background checks... | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tired Surgeons May Not Be Error-Prone

Tired Surgeons May Not Be Error-Prone

South Georgia health systems look beyond state | Georgia Health News

South Georgia health systems look beyond state | Georgia Health News

654,000 eligible for subsidies on exchange | Georgia Health News

654,000 eligible for subsidies on exchange | Georgia Health News

Hospital chain Sutter Health settles suit over anesthesia billing - latimes.com

Hospital chain Sutter Health settles suit over anesthesia billing - latimes.com

Doctor demand will grow by up to a third by 2025 - study | Reuters

Doctor demand will grow by up to a third by 2025 - study | Reuters

Obama to Campaign to Ensure Health Law’s Success - NYTimes.com

Obama to Campaign to Ensure Health Law’s Success - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Esophageal and gastric cancer a greater risk in later life for overweight adolescents - Medical News Today

Esophageal and gastric cancer a greater risk in later life for overweight adolescents - Medical News Today

Obesity linked to breast cancer cell growth and tumor size - Medical News Today

Obesity linked to breast cancer cell growth and tumor size - Medical News Today

Weight-Loss Surgery Safe for Very Obese Teens, Study Says

Weight-Loss Surgery Safe for Very Obese Teens, Study Says

Study: OR simulations improve teamwork - FierceHealthcare

Study: OR simulations improve teamwork - FierceHealthcare

Study Points To “Imbalance” In Spending On Doctor Training – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Study Points To “Imbalance” In Spending On Doctor Training – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Monday, November 4, 2013

N.Y. Hospital Group Turns The Tables On Hospital Graders – Capsules - The KHN Blog

N.Y. Hospital Group Turns The Tables On Hospital Graders – Capsules - The KHN Blog

ACS NewsScope November 1, 2013 | American College of Surgeons

ACS NewsScope November 1, 2013 | American College of Surgeons

Hospital Costs From Gun Injuries Topped $16B Over 9 Years

Hospital Costs From Gun Injuries Topped $16B Over 9 Years

Medical Association launches patient-safety initiative | Online Athens

Medical Association launches patient-safety initiative | Online Athens

As Robot-Assisted Surgery Expands, Are Patients And Providers Getting Enough Information? - Kaiser Health News

As Robot-Assisted Surgery Expands, Are Patients And Providers Getting Enough Information? - Kaiser Health News

Doctors Treat New Condition: Questions About Health Law - Kaiser Health News

Doctors Treat New Condition: Questions About Health Law - Kaiser Health News

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Study: Medicare's additional $3B to rural hospitals unnecessary - FierceHealthcare

Study: Medicare's additional $3B to rural hospitals unnecessary - FierceHealthcare

Georgia’s Largest Hospital Advocacy Group Comes Out In Favor of Medicaid Expansion | WABE 90.1 FM

Georgia’s Largest Hospital Advocacy Group Comes Out In Favor of Medicaid Expansion | WABE 90.1 FM

Hudgens: ‘Obstructionist’ remark was overblown | Georgia Health News

Hudgens: ‘Obstructionist’ remark was overblown | Georgia Health News

Key Senate, House Committee Chairmen Offer Plan To Fix Medicare Doctor Payments - Kaiser Health News

Key Senate, House Committee Chairmen Offer Plan To Fix Medicare Doctor Payments - Kaiser Health News

Ryan strikes collaborative tone in opening talks | www.ajc.com

Ryan strikes collaborative tone in opening talks | www.ajc.com

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tests May Someday Show Which Breast, Prostate Cancers Will Turn Aggressive

Tests May Someday Show Which Breast, Prostate Cancers Will Turn Aggressive

Lawsuit claims two Wash. hospitals violated state law on charity care - FierceHealthcare

Lawsuit claims two Wash. hospitals violated state law on charity care - FierceHealthcare

Study: Sepsis costs, mortality rate higher in teaching hospitals - FierceHealthcare

Study: Sepsis costs, mortality rate higher in teaching hospitals - FierceHealthcare

Feds seek harder line on hydrocodone | Georgia Health News

Feds seek harder line on hydrocodone | Georgia Health News

Obamacare Website Flaws Imperil President’s Activist Agenda - Bloomberg

Obamacare Website Flaws Imperil President’s Activist Agenda - Bloomberg

Ralph Hudgens on informing Georgians of the 'law of the land' | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

Ralph Hudgens on informing Georgians of the 'law of the land' | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

Sunday, October 27, 2013

After Breast Cancer Surgery, Patient Assistance Programs Can Help

After Breast Cancer Surgery, Patient Assistance Programs Can Help

Phoebe Putney cutting more jobs | Georgia Health News

Phoebe Putney cutting more jobs | Georgia Health News

Insurance industry veteran upbeat on navigator role | Georgia Health News

Insurance industry veteran upbeat on navigator role | Georgia Health News

Issa Calls for Sebelius to Resign if Fixes Aren't Made - Washington Wire - WSJ

Issa Calls for Sebelius to Resign if Fixes Aren't Made - Washington Wire - WSJ

Medical Schools See Record Numbers Of Enrollees – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Medical Schools See Record Numbers Of Enrollees – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Medicare Budget Woes Coming Sooner Than Experts Thought – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Medicare Budget Woes Coming Sooner Than Experts Thought – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Stenting of Neck Arteries Tied to Higher Stroke Risk in Seniors

Stenting of Neck Arteries Tied to Higher Stroke Risk in Seniors

Study: Medical interns fall short on etiquette - FierceHealthcare

Study: Medical interns fall short on etiquette - FierceHealthcare

Patients face huge bills due to hospital out-of-network providers - FierceHealthcare

Patients face huge bills due to hospital out-of-network providers - FierceHealthcare

Medicaid could be the next headache for Obamacare - POLITICO.com

Medicaid could be the next headache for Obamacare - POLITICO.com

Republicans, Sensing Weakness in Health Law Rollout, Switch Tactics - NYTimes.com

Republicans, Sensing Weakness in Health Law Rollout, Switch Tactics - NYTimes.com

Judge Greenlights Legal Challenge To Health Law’s Subsidies – Capsules - The KHN Blog

Judge Greenlights Legal Challenge To Health Law’s Subsidies – Capsules - The KHN Blog