Orlando VA hospital opens years behind schedule; UPMC offers to buy out older workers;

News From Around the Web

> A new Veterans Affairs medical center opened three years behind schedule in Orlando, Florida, WESH reports. Article

> To reduce costs, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will offer buyouts to 3,500 older employees, according to TribLive. Article

> Nearly half of New Hampshire hospitals have or plan to create patient advisory boards to weigh in on organizational policies and practices, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. Article

Practice Management News

> When it comes to practice-management headaches, the hassle involved in obtaining prior authorizations from insurers often leads the list of complaints. And while many elements of fee-for-service reimbursement structures will begin to disappear as the industry moves toward value-based care, this most-disliked task won't be one of them, according to a recent article from Managed Healthcare Executive. Article

> While many physicians agree that it's helpful for patients to seek a second medical opinion about a serious diagnosis or treatment plan--especially considering diagnostic errors occur in 10 to 15 percent of cases--the common practice is not always simple. Article

And Finally… Luck of the Irish. Article