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The Hidden System That Explains How Your Doctor Makes Referrals
Wall Street Journal: More primary-care doctors work directly for hospitals, and they are being pushed to keep lucrative referrals in-house

Additional news media reports on MLH physicians and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report:

Main Line Health…

Need healthy eating tips? Try shopping with a doctor at local grocery stores
Philadelphia Inquirer: It wasn’t what you might expect to see in a grocery store: a doctor in a white coat leading a group of shoppers through the aisles, talking about diet, food choices, and supplements.

Regional News…

Hospitals to list service costs online January 1st due to new federal rule
6ABC: Hospitals will be required to post the cost of their standard services online, starting January 1, 2019.

Health Business News…..
4 Hot Healthcare Topics From 2018
HealthLeaders Media: A handful of key issues that emerged or gained speed in 2018 have the potential to transform healthcare delivery in the United States. Here’s a look at four of them.

Quality and Safety News…
Opioid abuse up in people who need heart surgery, increasing risk of complications
Reuters: The proportion of U.S. heart surgery patients with opioid use disorders has surged in recent years, and a new study suggests addicts are much more likely to develop major surgery complications.

Patient Care News…
Patients need practical surgical recovery advice
Reuters: Patients undergoing surgery don’t often receive practical advice about what to do and what to expect during the recovery process, says a surgeon who has been on the giving and receiving end of post-op instructions.

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