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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 […]

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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
Does Medicare’s new payment system threaten small practices?

Does Medicare’s new payment system threaten small practices?

Doctors Raise Concerns For Small Practices In Medicare’s New Payment System By Stephen Findlay Kaiser Health News Dr. Lee Gross is worried. He has practiced family medicine in North Port, Florida, near Sarasota, for 14 years. But he and two partners are the last small, independent practice in the town of 62,000. Everyone else has […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Drug and device makers pay thousands of docs with disciplinary records – ProPublica

Drug and device makers pay thousands of docs with disciplinary records – ProPublica

By Jessica Huseman ProPublica Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are continuing to pay doctors as promotional speakers and expert advisers even after they’ve been disciplined for serious misconduct, according to an analysis by ProPublica. One such company is medical device maker Stryker Corp. In June 2015, New York’s Board for Professional Medical Conduct accused orthopedic […]

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
US faces obstetrician shortage

US faces obstetrician shortage

By Michael Ollove Stateline Faced with a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists and nurse midwives, several states are considering proposals that advocates say would improve health care for women. But with the female population of the United States and number of babies born here projected to increase sharply over the next decade and beyond, scholars […]

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