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Initiative seeks to combat health care worker ‘burn out’

Initiative seeks to combat health care worker ‘burn out’

Effort Seeks to address Burnout, Depression, and Suicide Among Physicians, Nurses, and Other Health Care Workers From the National Academy of Medicine: In response to alarming evidence of high rates of depression and suicide among U.S. health care workers, the National Academy of Medicine is launching a wide-ranging “action collaborative” of multiple organizations to promote clinician well-being […]

December 15, 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
Why does it take so long to hire a nurse?

Why does it take so long to hire a nurse?

By Sophie Quinton Stateline HOUSTON — The skyscrapers at the Texas Medical Center are filled with hospital beds. The commuters waiting in the heat for the train wear scrubs. The young woman dodging traffic on a bicycle may be studying to be a doctor, a nurse or a dentist. Houston is known for its energy jobs, […]

November 16, 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
VA’s enlist pharmacists to cut waiting times

VA’s enlist pharmacists to cut waiting times

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News MADISON, WIS.— Something astonishing has happened in the past year to outpatient treatment at the Veterans Affairs hospital here. Vets regularly get next-day and even same-day appointments for primary care now, no longer waiting a month or more to see a doctor as many once did. The reason is they […]

October 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Even nurses aren’t immune to the stigma of suicide

Even nurses aren’t immune to the stigma of suicide

By Sarah Fitchett Lecturer in Neonatal Care, University of Salford Originally published on The Conversation In England, one person dies every two hours as a result of suicide. And it is the leading cause of death for young people, both male and female, in the UK – every year around 1,600 children and young people aged ten to […]

October 9, 2016 | By | Reply More