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A woman doctor may be better for your health

A woman doctor may be better for your health

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News When a patient goes to the best hospital, he or she usually hopes for a doctor who is knowledgeable and experienced. Something else to wish for? A woman physician. That’s because female doctors may on average be better than their male counterparts at treating patients in the hospital and […]

December 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors and hospitals are saying ‘Show me the money’ before treating patients

Doctors and hospitals are saying ‘Show me the money’ before treating patients

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Tai Boxley needs a hysterectomy. The 34-year-old single mother has uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus weaken, causing severe pain, bleeding and urine leakage. Boxley and her 13-year-old son have health insurance through her job as an administrative assistant in Tulsa, […]

December 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medical innovation bill would water down requirements that industry disclose payments to doctors

Medical innovation bill would water down requirements that industry disclose payments to doctors

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica This week, Congress is expected to consider a bill promoting biomedical research and innovation that would also weaken requirements on pharmaceutical and medical device companies to disclose certain payments to doctors. The goal of the 21st Century Cures Act, which has bipartisan support, is to help bring drugs and devices to […]

November 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
High-dollar prescribers proliferate in Medicare’s drug program

High-dollar prescribers proliferate in Medicare’s drug program

By Charles Ornstein and Ryann Grochowski Jones ProPublica, Nov. 17, 2016, 5 a.m. The number of doctors who each prescribe millions of dollars of medications annually in Medicare’s drug program has soared, driven by expensive hepatitis C treatments and rising drug prices overall, federal data obtained by ProPublica shows. The number of providers who topped […]

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
A consumers guide to Medicare’s new rules on doctor pay

A consumers guide to Medicare’s new rules on doctor pay

By Steven Findlay Kaiser Health News The federal government has issued final regulations that reform the way Medicare pays doctors. If the new rules achieve their intended goal, all Americans — and not just Medicare enrollees — could see improvements in the quality of their care. The regulations, which were issued last month, stem from […]

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
University of Washington medical residents and fellows have their first union contract – Puget Sound Business Journal

University of Washington medical residents and fellows have their first union contract – Puget Sound Business Journal

After two years of planning and negotiations, medical and dental residents and fellows at the University of Washington now have a signed three-year union contract that provides yearly wage increases, extended leave options and a transportation allowance. Early conversations of unionizing started in the summer of 2014 when some residents at the UW Medical Center […]

November 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Wikipedia is already the world’s ‘Dr Google’ – it’s time for doctors and researchers to make it better

Wikipedia is already the world’s ‘Dr Google’ – it’s time for doctors and researchers to make it better

By Thomas Shafee  La Trobe University, Melbourne Victoria Australia Health professionals have a duty to improve the accuracy of medical entries in Wikipedia, according to a letter published today in Lancet Global Health, because it’s the first port of call for people all over the world seeking medical information. In our correspondence, a group of international […]

November 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Better bedside manner can help address health disparities, study

Better bedside manner can help address health disparities, study

Attending to the ‘human element’ is key to keeping patients healthy By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Racial minorities and lower-income people typically fare far worse when it comes to health outcomes. And figuring out why has long been one of health care’s black boxes. Forthcoming research may help shed light on what’s driving those […]

September 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Nurses step in to boost treatment for opioid addiction

Nurses step in to boost treatment for opioid addiction

By Christine Vestal Stateline BOSTON — As the opioid epidemic advances, public health officials nationwide are calling on doctors to help stanch overdose deaths and salvage shattered lives by prescribing medications that have proven highly effective at keeping people away from drugs. So far, though, not enough doctors are signing up, and less than half of the […]

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
House calls may save Medicaid money

House calls may save Medicaid money

By Michael Ollove Kaiser Health News Doctors who make house calls may seem like something from America’s Norman Rockwell past. But they never disappeared entirely, and there is new evidence that home visits can play an important role in providing health care to the aged and chronically ill — while saving taxpayers millions. The federal […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More