Highmark, West Penn Allegheny deal back on; Surgeons experiencing conflicts with other specialists;

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> The on-again, off-again acquisition of West Penn Allegheny Health System is back on, Highmark announced yesterday, Reuters reported. Article

> Surgeons reported experiencing conflicts with intensivists and nurses, over patients' care once they leave the operating room, according to a study in the January issue of JAMA Surgery. Article

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> General surgeon Kenneth Cohn offers four ways to engage physicians to improve clinical and financial outcomes, as well as create a more satisfying practice environment. Blog Post

> How to keep your practice running as smoothly as possible throughout the heightened flu activity. Article

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> Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has formed an accountable care organization with healthcare provider Texas Health Resources to improve quality and decrease costs. Article

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Family physicians are embracing electronic health records, with adoption rates at nearly 68 percent in 2011 that likely could climb as high as 80 percent in 2013, according to a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Article

> Count the American College of Physicians and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society among an increasing number of high-profile groups calling for changes to the proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 rules recommended by the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee. Article

And Finally… Is this guy a genius, insane or just lazy? Article