Former CMS director Tavenner named to board of LifePoint Hospitals; Nurses in California and Chicago likely to strike over patient care concerns;

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> Marilyn B. Tavenner, the former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator, is the newest member of the board of Tennessee-based LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., which operates more than 60 hospital campuses in 21 states, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Article

> Approximately  6,400 nurses from the Oakland, California-based National Nurses United and affiliate California Nurses Association will likely strike next week at the University of Chicago Medical Center and eight hospitals in California to highlight their concerns about staffing and patient care, though hospital officials say patient care is a mask for pay, Crain's Chicago Business reported. Article

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> A non-partisan consumer advocacy group warns about concentrated market power for hospitals and healthcare systems, but the hospital sector dismisses its findings as a retrograde point of view. Article

Practice Management News

> One of physicians' most common objections to participating in social media is the amount of time it may require, on top of their already overburdened schedules. But having an online presence doesn't have to be all-consuming to have a positive impact on your practice. Article

> Sometimes the best a primary care physician can do for a patient is simply to have a conversation. Article

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