Harrison Ford plane crash shows danger of 'doctor killers'; Healthcare overuse more likely for white patients

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> Despite concerns about cost and patient privacy issues, mental health providers urge Congress to give them the same incentives other providers receive as part of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Program, Kaiser Health News reports. Article

> Harrison Ford's recent crash-landing in a small aircraft highlights the risk associated with flying small private planes, a dangerous pastime so popular with physicians that some have dubbed such planes "doctor killers," lawyer Ike Devji writes in a piece for Physicians Practice. Article

Provider News

> Baccalaureate, master's and doctoral nursing programs experienced an "enrollment surge" last year, according to new data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, a trend that the group says reflects a growing demand for better-educated nurses. Article

> Race and ethnicity do not correlate with healthcare overuse, but a large percentage of overuse is concentrated among white patients, according to a new study published in Milbank Memorial Quarterly. Article

Payer News

> Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) have reintroduced their bill that would provide greater transparency to Medicare claims data so that the qualified entities who have access to that data can share it with payers, providers and research institutions. Article

And Finally… Talk about a high-speed chase. Article