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Critics say consolidation puts profits before coordination

The desire to better coordinate the delivery of healthcare services may also drive up the cost of that care, Bloomberg Businessweek reported

No easy answers: Practicing medicine amid the push and pull of healthcare

I'm not sure if I love it or hate it when this happens, but today's issue of FiercePracticeManagement is an example of one that includes more discussion points than clear-cut advice. Many questions raised by these stories surround the idea of influence--identifying it, disclosing it and attempting to control it.

How much should patients know about their doctors?

How much should patients know about their physicians? Transparency should go further than some doctors say is necessary, Leana Wen, M.D., founder of the Who's My Doctor blog, told the Boston Globe.

Even after lawsuit, doc says defensive medicine harms care

Involvement in a malpractice lawsuit forever changed the way Ruth Kannai, M.D., evaluated her patients' health risks, she wrote in an article published in the Annals of Family MedicineThe family physician compared the way she would handle a situation before the family of a deceased patient sued her versus after--which almost always involved more tests, follow-up and caution than her training or experience taught her was necessary.

Competing pressures put docs between a rock and a hard place

The pressures to reduce costs, avoid lawsuits and please patients increasingly put doctors between a rock and a hard place, according to a recent article from Medscape.

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A North Carolina hospital may set the tone for physician employment at acute care facilities in the future, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.