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Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Fifty-six percent of doctors registered either strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer health system. In a 2008 survey, opinions ran the opposite way — 58 percent opposed single-payer. What’s changed?

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

New research indicates that pathologists are likely to agree when lesions are benign or highly malignant, but often disagree when gray-area lesions are less obviously characterized.

July 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

Some Medicare beneficiaries are being prescribed opioids by 10 or more doctors, or are filling prescriptions for more than 1,000 pills a month. Hundreds of doctors appear to be prescribing indiscriminately, says the inspector general of Health and Human Services.

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

After a pioneering practice in Seattle shut its doors earlier this month, some question whether “direct primary care,” as it’s called, can succeed.

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals tapping lawyers to help with patients’ legal needs

Hospitals tapping lawyers to help with patients’ legal needs

As health care systems continue to shift toward becoming comprehensive medical homes for patients, health care providers are increasingly incorporating lawyers into the team of professionals who are on hand to help people at no additional charge to patients.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Changes in visa program puts foreign-born doctors in limbo

Changes in visa program puts foreign-born doctors in limbo

For parts of the country that have difficulty attracting American-born doctors, the uncertainty swirling around the H-1B program is already creating problems, with doctors tied up in legal uncertainty rather than treating patients.

May 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Washington ranked 10th best state for nurses

Washington ranked 10th best state for nurses

The financial website WalletHub has ranked Washington the 10th best state for nurses based on an analysis that included salaries, job opportunities and work environment. Wisconsin was ranked No. 1. Hawaii, 50th and the District of Columbia, 51st.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy

Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy

At the end of September, the US government will stop funding the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, part of the Affordable Care Act , which supports nearly 750 primary care residents in 27 states and Washington, D.C. Without congressional action, it might be shut down.

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Twenty-eight states prohibit nurse practitioners from prescribing buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction unless they are working in collaboration with a doctor who also has a federal license to prescribe it. The problem is, half of all counties in the U.S. do not have a single physician with a license to prescribe buprenorphine.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
For doctors, a clamp down on visas could have an uneven effect in the US

For doctors, a clamp down on visas could have an uneven effect in the US

Limiting the number of foreign doctors who can get visas to practice in the United States could have a significant impact on certain hospitals and states that rely on them.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More