Hospitals sickened by the economy, according to the American Hospitals Association

40% of American hospitals have seen drops in inpatient admissions, according to the American Hospital Association.In the AHA’s survey, Report on the Economic Crisis: Initial Impact on Hospitals, it’s clear that hospitals are already experiencing the effects of the economic downturn. CEOs are considering several cost-cutting tactics in dealing with this financial crisis: 56% of […]

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Forget ER, Gray's Anatomy, or even House; the Life and Times of an American Doctor feel more like The Biggest Loser

Nearly 1 in 2 practicing physicians would retire today if they had the financial means to do, according to physicians polled in the annual survey conducted for The Physicians Foundation and Merritt Hawkins & Associates, a physician search and consulting firm. This number holds for physicians both under and over the age of fifty.The survey, […]

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Employers still want to be involved in health care

While the front pages of U.S. and business newspapers are featuring the story of the health-cost hampered Big (and increasingly smaller) 3 automakers looking for a mega-loan, most employers still want to play a key role in the U.S. health system. It’s the legacy of providing health care benefits to the ever-growing list of retirees […]

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Getting to yes: some recommendations for re-aligning health payment in the U.S.

U.S. payment systems tend to reward volume-driven rather than value-driven care. Providers respond to incentives to deliver more, and not necessarily better, care. That’s the thesis of a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that analyzes the financing of American health care delivery and provides recommendations to improve that system, rationalize spending on […]

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Don’t cross Baby Mama — McNeil Will Need More Than Motrin For This New Headache

It all started with a baby, a baby carrier, and Motrin. Oh, and an advertising agency who probably got their Mommy-messaging more than a little bit wrong. Twitter, the social networking software, helped fuel this uproar in a matter of hours.   In what is to-date among the fastest viral campaigns in consumer health — […]

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