Most physician leaders oppose tying SGR repeal to mandate delay; Hospitals enrolled in 340B fall short;

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> A majority of physician leaders oppose linking the repeal of the sustainable growth rate to a delay of the individual mandate, according to a poll from the American College of Physician Executives. Poll

> Many hospitals enrolled in the 340B program only provide minimal charity care, falling short of Congress' expectations, according to an analysis by the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B. Report (.pdf)

> North Adams Regional Hospital announced it will close Friday due to financial issues and declining patient volumes. It is the first acute-care hospital in Massachusetts to close in more than a decade, the Boston Globe reports. Article

Practice Management News

> Entrepreneurial physicians not sold entirely on the idea of solo practice or hospital employment, may want to consider another emerging option: the mega-group.  Article

> Many practices survey patients about their care experience, but a growing number of initiatives now make survey data public as a means of allowing health consumers to make comparisons.  Article

And Finally… Shear madness. Article