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- Survey: 2013 saw a spike in physician retirement
The national rate of physician turnover held steady at just under 7% during the past two years, but the number of physicians who retired from practice increased sharply in 2013, to an unprecedented 18%, according to the ninth annual Physician Retention Survey from the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and Cejka Search.
- Joint Commission revises standards to align with CMS
The Joint Commission last week announced revisions to its medical staff standards for hospitals and critical-access hospitals. The changes align with CMS’ revised Conditions of Participation (CoPs) announced in May, and address medical staff structure for multihospital systems; requirements for practitioners who are not appointed to the medical staff and who are ordering outpatient services; and governing body consultation with the medical staff.
- Carondelet to pay $35 million to settle false claim allegations
Arizona-based Carondelet Health Network has agreed to pay $35 million to resolve allegations that two of its hospitals submitted false claims for inpatient rehabilitation services to Medicare and other federal programs from 2004 to 2011.
- Surgeon fined for operating on wrong finger
The Iowa Board of Medicine fined plastic surgeon and hand specialist Rene F. Recinos, MD, PhD, $2,500 for performing trigger release surgery on a patient’s right ring finger instead of the right middle finger. Recinos realized his mistake, informed the patient, and performed the surgery on the correct finger. He has submitted a written corrective action plan in order to help prevent this error from occurring again.Source: Outpatient Surgery
- AMA asks CMS to delay Open Payments registration period
The American Medical Association (AMA) has asked CMS to postpone the deadline for physicians and teaching hospitals to register and review the Open Payments system to March 31, 2015.
- Medical Board: Physician's blood alcohol content was five times the legal limit
A new accusation filed by the Medical Board of California, claims that Jason Lane, MD, arrived to work at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Diego with a blood alcohol content of 0.39 percent, which was nearly five times the legal driving limit.
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