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Should This Doctor Have Slammed Her Patient on Facebook?

An OB-GYN is in the middle of a social media maelstrom after complaining about a patient on her Facebook page.

Dr. Amy Dunbar, 33, of St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., posted on the social networking site in late January about a patient who continually showed up late to her scheduled appointments. Dunbar wrote:

Online Consults Increasing, Despite Physicians' Concerns

Online consultations are spreading fast now that payers have figured out how to use them to save money. Last week, Health Affairs published a paper by researchers at HealthPartners -- a Minnesota-based health plan and physician group -- showing that online consultations with nurse practitioners for minor ailments saved the insurer $88 per episode of care.

Facing Doc Shortage, CA Lawmakers Want to Redefine Healthcare Roles

Facing a doctor shortage in California, state lawmakers want to fill the gap by redefining who can provide healthcare in the Golden State.

Unlocking Value-Based Care's Upside

Value-based purchasing will begin to take hold in 2013, with federal incentives for lower-cost care and best performance and disincentives for unnecessary care. Many of the VBP metrics will be a tall order for healthcare systems, especially 30-day readmissions and HCAHPS.

UA Study: Can a Sensor Prevent Diabetic Foot Amputation?

UA researchers are working with a small business partner to design an innovative technology aimed at boosting diabetic patients' adherence to prescribed footwear.

In the global effort to prevent diabetic foot amputations, one of the most effective tools is a fairly simple, comfortable boot.

The boot, called a removable cast walker, is prescribed by physicians to prevent – or heal – foot ulcers in people with diabetes.

Arizona Lawmaker Works to Cut Down on Medical Malpractice Suits

According to a report from the East Valley Tribune, "A state legislator wants to impose some new requirements on judges and attorneys in his bid to cut down on medical malpractice lawsuits.

The proposal by Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, would bar lawyers from filing a medical malpractice lawsuit unless they were certified by the state Supreme Court as a "medical malpractice attorney.'' Thorpe's bill does not define what it would take to be certified, leaving the details up to the state's high court.

Measure Would Strengthen Mental Healthcare System

A bipartisan group of senators, citing renewed urgency after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, introduced legislation Thursday aimed at strengthening the nation’s fragmented mental health-care system and improving access at the community level.

The bill would put in place standards for about 2,000 “federally qualified” community behavioral health centers, requiring them to provide such services as substance abuse treatment and 24-hour crisis care.

WEDI's Survey on Industry Progress Now Open

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is conducting its latest online ICD-10 Industry Progress Survey. The survey will help CMS and WEDI:

  • Measure the health care industry's ICD-10 progress

  • Evaluate challenges and identify areas where industry needs more education and assistance

The survey is open to all individuals associated with health care organizations, including vendors, health plans, providers, and payers.

Mayo's Destination Medical Center bills introduced

Mayo Clinic's quest for more than $500 million in public funding to support its $6 billion expansion plan took its first legislative steps on Thursday in what will likely be a long, winding journey. Sen. Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, and Assistant Majority Leader Kim Norton, DFL-Rochester, both introduced bills to advance the clinic's Destination Medical Center initiative.

Obama Renominates Tavenner to Lead CMS

President Obama on Thursday renominated Marilyn Tavenner to one of the top healthcare posts in the administration. It's the second time Obama has nominated Tavenner to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the agency that oversees Medicare, Medicaid and most of the implementation of President Obama's signature healthcare law.

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