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  1. Evaluating pain management protocols in the age of new patient care models

    Effective pain management is key for a successful transition to value-based care. New practice models have sprung up to ensure a seamless patient experience that incorporates pain management.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Are more physician-owned hospitals on the horizon? Legislation introduced to lift the ban

    The ACA put a moratorium on new physician-owned hospitals, but with the repeal in sight and an administration bent on easing regulations, new POHs may be on the horizon. By Laura Dyrda -
  3. Trump plans to roll out healthcare plan in March — 4 points

    President Donald Trump said the administration plans to release its healthcare plan next month during a White House News conference, CNBC reports.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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  1. 10 most common sentinel events in Q2 2016

    The Joint Commission received 439 sentinel event incident reports in the second quarter of 2016, which the agency notes only represents a small fraction of actual events.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  2. Patient expectation correlates to physician antibodies prescribing patterns

    The American Psychological Association published two studies finding physicians are more prone to prescribe antibiotics if a patient has high expectations, according to News-Medical Lifesciences.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Aetna Chief Executive calls exchanges 'death spiral' after deal ends with Humana: 4 notes

    Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna Chief Executive Mark Bertolini spoke out against the ACA exchanges only one day after Aetna and Louisville, Ky.-based Humana announced they were ending their merger agreement, according to the Washington Post.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. DOJ joins suit against UnitedHealth — Payer allegedly overcharged Medicare hundreds of millions

    The U.S. Department of Justice joined San Francisco-based Constantine Cannon's whistleblower lawsuit against Hopkins, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group, saying the payer allegedly overcharged Medicare by several hundreds of millions of dollars.  By Eric Oliver -

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  1. Drs. Jeffrey Dorociak, Jonathan Ellis & more — 3 GI physicians in the headlines

    Here are three gastroenterologists in the news this past week.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. 7 things to know about LASIK surgery

    Surgeons across the country are using Laser in-situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, to treat vision problems, according to LasikEyeSurgeryCorrection.com.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. STAT: Use Medicare Advantage to ready for value-based care: 5 key notes

    Former CMS CMO Jeffrey Kang, MD, penned a column for STAT in which he argues Medicare Advantage should convert other providers to transition to value-based care.  By Eric Oliver -
  4. Takeda, TiGenix report positive data from phase III Admire-CD clinical trial: 3 key notes

    Japan-based Takeda and Leuven, Belgium-based TiGenix NB reported positive data from Admire-CD's Cx601 phase III clinical trial.  By Eric Oliver -
  1. Seema Verma dodges ethical questions at confirmation hearing — Center for Medicare Advocacy responds

    President Donald Trump's pick to lead CMS Seema Verma offered Senators very few specific answers during her Feb. 16, 2017, confirmation hearing, The Hill reports.  By Eric Oliver -
  2. Only 64% of organizations say leadership practices are up to par — 5 takeaways

    Leadership is often a distinguishing factor between top-performing organizations and their mediocre-performing counterparts. A Brandon Hall Group's State of Leadership Development 2015 study found many organizations report their leadership development practices are insufficient, according to training magazine.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  3. Florida physicians can talk gun safety with patients; Court overturns 2011 law: 7 highlights

    Florida providers now have the authority to discuss gun safety with their patients after a federal appeals court ruled to overturn a 2011 law preventing physicians from engaging in such conversations, according to the New York Times.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  4. 10 US regions boasting the highest RN salary

    Throughout the United States, registered nurses have varying salaries depending on where they practice.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  5. Greenwich Hospital's ASC has a new leader in Peggy Lennon — 4 takeaways

    Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital named Peggy Lennon, RN, MSN, surgical services program director, effective Jan. 1, 2017, according to Greenwich Sentinel.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  6. 10 outpatient facilities achieving accreditation — January 2017

    Here are 10 outpatient centers that achieved accreditation, reaccreditation or certification.  By Eric Oliver -
  7. ACOs yield gains over time, effective in reducing costs: 6 findings

    Medscape presented two recent studies which show ACOs do produce cost savings, although these gains may take some time to present themselves. JAMA Internal Medicine published the two studies online on Feb. 13, 2017.  By Mary Rechtoris -
  8. 5 ways providers can build trust with their staff

    Salt Lake City-based CompHealth's Locum Tenens Division President Melissa Byington shared five ways providers can build trust with their staff.  By Eric Oliver -
  9. Humana completely withdrawing from ACA marketplace — 4 key notes

    Louisville, Ky.-based Humana is the first major payer to announce it will completely withdraw from the ACA marketplace in 2018, according to the New York Times.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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