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Turning physicians into leaders
Hospitals & Health Networks
Getting certified in medical management. Nine-day courses that cover managing people, marketing and leadership. Programs that gives residents management training to go along with their core clinical work. These are just a few examples of steps medical schools and health systems are undertaking to better train not just tomorrow's physicians, but tomorrow’s physician leaders. As health care continues to move from the antiquated volume and silo-based model, more of these programs are certain to arise. More

ED evolution: How to best serve elderly patients
Healthcare Design Magazine
In 2012, EDs were faced with a challenging future: Increasing demand coupled with diminishing profit margins. Solutions included Lean design and technology integration to deliver care faster and safer, as well as the exploration of cost-efficient standalone EDs to serve as a bridge between an outpatient clinic and acute care hospital. But there was another topic covered pretty deeply, too: The need for geriatric EDs. This trend is still picking up steam. In fact, the ECRI Institute recently released its Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List 2014. Among issues like healthcare-associated infections and cancer care technologies, there's issue No. 3: Emergency departments just for elderly patients.More

ICD-10 education must focus on clinical documentation improvement
EHR Intelligence
The race towards ICD-10 is quickly becoming a sprint as we hurtle towards the Oct. 1, 2014 implementation date, and the time has come for providers to start thinking about how to prepare the troops. Both coders and physicians need some training and education when it comes to the complicated new code set, but both paths have clinical documentation in common. In order for coders to do their jobs properly, physicians must learn how to bring their clinical notes up to par.More

South Florida Baptist Hospital offers option of ER appointments
The Tampa Tribune
South Florida Baptist Hospital is allowing patients with minor ailments to call ahead for emergency room appointments during certain hours. The hospital launched the service so patients don't have to spend their time in a waiting room, says Interim President Karen Kerr. "We wanted to offer patients with non-urgent conditions another option – the convenience of waiting at home rather than in the hospital when the ER is busy," said Kerr.More

CMS delays two-midnight rule
Becker's Hospital Review
CMS has delayed the two-midnight rule through Sept. 30 after fierce opposition came from hospitals, physicians and other healthcare groups. The two-midnight rule is a new regulation included in the 2014 Medicare inpatient prospective payment rule. According to a CMS update, the enforcement of the two-midnight rule will not begin until this October. This means Medicare administrative contractors and recovery auditors will not conduct two-midnight post-payment reviews of claims with admissions dates between Oct. 1, 2013, and Oct. 1, 2014. More

Researchers want ER docs to focus more on 'excessive' force claims
A newly published study that calls for ER doctors to give more attention to complaints from injured suspects about "excessive force" and "police brutality" has been published in a prominent medical journal. The authors, citing concerns by the ACLU and the World Health Organization about unnecessarily violent police behavior, argue that prisoners' injuries should be analyzed along guidelines similar to those used to assess child abuse and domestic violence, in an effort to identify cases of unwarranted use of force.More

Study: EHR beliefs tied to gender, personality
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
It's an established fact that for technology implementation to be successful, there needs to be some flexibility in order to meet the individual needs of those learning the new systems. Researchers at the University of Florida conducted a survey of 126 third-year medical schools to determine which personal characteristics related to their perceptions of electronic health record systems. Among their findings was that men were more likely than women to report that EHRs were easy to use. But some officials caution that it would be bad to place people in groups based on gender, culture or personality.More