In This Issue:
- Doctors Express Concerns Over Trouble with Urgent Care Centers
- Hospitals Soon Face Penalties for High Readmission Rates
- Move Toward Electronic Records Causing Rise in Medical Bills
- Bipartisan Report Highlights Issues Driving Up Health Care Bill
- Majority of Hospitals Express No interest in ACOs
- Nurses Most Likely to Catch Medication Errors, Study Finds
- Number of PAs Increasing as Physician Shortage Worsens
- Despite Primary Doctor Shortage, Nurses Not Seen as Solution
- Boomers Could Lose Out as Foreign Health Workers Head Home
- GAO Says Hospitals Negligent in Securing Radioactive Material
- Excerpt from Doctors Express Concerns Over Trouble with Urgent Care Centers:
Urgent care centers treat the most common injuries and illnesses -- including colds, ear infections, cuts and back pain -- in addition to taking X-rays and performing simple blood, urine and drug tests, and they are booming: An estimated three million patients visit them each week, according to the Urgent Care Association of America. Some physicians groups warn that the over-reliance on the centers can complicate efforts to improve health through better coordination of care.
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