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How hospitals see the so-called 'July effect'

How hospitals see the so-called 'July effect'

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 25, 2016

Doctors and hospital leaders are skeptical of the "July effect," the term describing the mass arrival of new medical graduates that allegedly leads to more medical errors, lower quality of care and even higher mortality rates. They're also working to make sure it isn't real.

Partners HealthCare loses 400 physicians to Tufts

By Maria Castellucci  |  July 25, 2016

Nearly 400 physicians at Hallmark Health System in Medford, Mass., have voted to join the physician network of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, leaving Partners HealthCare's physician organization after acquisition plans fell through.

BREAKING: CMS proposes mandatory cardiac bundled-payment pilot

BREAKING: CMS proposes mandatory cardiac bundled-payment pilot

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  July 25, 2016

The CMS is proposing mandatory bundled payments for heart attacks and bypass surgery at hospitals in 98 randomly selected metropolitan areas. The family of procedures would become the second to be rolled into a mandatory experiment with the model.

Physician Personals: Specialty group seeks primary-care practice

By Howard Wolinsky  |  July 23, 2016

The single life may prove troublesome for specialty group practices under MACRA. David Fitzgerald, CEO of Proliance Surgeons in suburban Seattle, said specialty practices are in the dark about their fate under the new physician reimbursement system.

Small practices need allies

Small practices need allies

By Howard Wolinsky  |  July 23, 2016

Dr. Joe Schlecht isn't afraid of MACRA, although he knows the design of the new Medicare payment system will be challenging for small practices like his. “Most primary-care physicians are still practicing like they did 10 years ago. They don't even know how to spell MACRA,” he said.

43 of convicted cancer doc's patients to divide $8 million settlement

By Chad Halcom, Crain's Detroit Business  |  July 21, 2016

An arbitrator will divide up an $8 million settlement sum from three hospitals and an oncology clinic later this year for the 43 patients-turned-victims suing Michigan oncologist Farid Fata. Fata is serving 45 years in prison on fraud and money laundering charges.

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