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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
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
Doctor confesses: I lied to protect colleague in malpractice suit

Doctor confesses: I lied to protect colleague in malpractice suit

By Marshall Allen ProPublica Almost two decades ago Dr. Lars Aanning sat on the witness stand in a medical malpractice trial and faced a dilemma. The South Dakota surgeon had been called to vouch for the expertise of one of his partners whose patient had suffered a stroke and permanent disability after an operation. The […]

September 26, 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
Quick tips for finding your child’s (and your) medical records

Quick tips for finding your child’s (and your) medical records

FAQ: Medical or Other Vital Records From the National Library of Medicine   To find a medical record: If the patient had health insurance at the time of care, contact the health plan to ask about medical records. If you know the doctor or place where treatment was provided, but you don’t have contact information, […]

August 29, 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