Docs practice admitting mistakes, giving bad news; St. Luke's antitrust violations to cost more than $40M;

News From Around the Web

> The Texas Medical Association, the nation's largest state medical society, called on the U.S. Congress to lift "convoluted and tedious" federal regulations that physicians say interfere with patient care. Announcement

> Physicians participating in Ottawa Hospital's Breaking Bad News training program role play with actors to learn how to make faux difficult interactions as realistic as possible, University Affairs reports. Article

> Having more time--with patients and family--is strongly represented among physicians' top reasons for switching to direct or concierge care. Physicians Practice presents 11 popular reasons. Slides (.pdf)

Payer News

> Despite urging from the Obama administration to shop around for the best price of health coverage, a new poll shows that almost half of voters who have coverage under the Affordable Care Act say they are going to keep the same plan through 2016. Article

Finance News

> St. Luke's Health System's purchase of Saltzer Medical Group, Idaho's largest physician group, which a court ruled violated federal antitrust laws, may cost the health system upwards of $40 million, according to the Idaho Statesman. Moreover, internal communications reveal that the acquisition bitterly divided employees and leaders at both the health system and the physician group before it was struck down last January. Article

And Finally… Dentist gives away Payday. Article