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Headlines on Deadline November 2011

The more doctors, exam rooms, and patients that a physician practice has, the more likely it is to adopt electronic health records, according to a report by the consulting company SK&A. The report, based on telephone interviews conducted with 237,562 medical offices, says that (to take just one of the categories) offices that see an average of 50 patients a day had a 36 percent adoption rate; those that saw more than 100 had 66 percent adoption.

Edith Rosato earlier this month was named the chief executive officer of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. Rosato worked for many years at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Medicare Part D is a hit. Ninety-five percent of respondents to a survey by KRC Research said that their plan works well, and nearly as many said it is easy to use. “Medicare Part D has reached popularity levels that you seldom, if ever, see from a government program,” says Mary R. Grealy, president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a think tank.


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