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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
Harried doctors can make diagnostic errors: They need time to think

Harried doctors can make diagnostic errors: They need time to think

By Vineet Chopra, assistant professor of internal Medicine and research scientist, and Sanjay Saint, professor of medicine, University of Michigan From TheConversation.com When a person goes to the doctor, there’s usually one thing they want: a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, a path toward wellness can begin. In some cases, diagnoses are fairly obvious. But […]

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors, hospitals prepare for difficult talks about medical errors

Doctors, hospitals prepare for difficult talks about medical errors

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News It was a fourth of July weekend but Sharon O’ Brien, an intensive care physician, was not celebrating. A medical error earlier landed a patient in her ICU. The patient eventually died — and she had to decide what to tell the patient’s family. Should she apologize? How much […]

August 22, 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 […]

August 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Should insurance become like Walmart to lower costs?

Should insurance become like Walmart to lower costs?

By Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News Retail titan Walmart uses its market dominance to inflict “ruthless,” “brutal” and “relentless” pressure on prices charged by suppliers, business writers frequently report. What if huge health insurance companies could push down prices charged by hospitals and doctors in the same way? The idea is getting new attention as […]

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News A California bill that would allow certified nurse-midwives to practice independently is pitting the state’s doctors against its hospitals, even though both sides support the main goal of the legislation. The California Hospital Association and the California Medical Association, which represents doctors, agree that nurse-midwives have the training and […]

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

By Christine Curry Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Miami TheConversation.com As a medical student, I remember reading books about the early days of the HIV epidemic and wondering what it was like for doctors to take care of patients who had a new, unknown disease. It seemed to me like it would […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News Late last fall, Dr. Christine Curry was at a faculty meeting with her colleagues when the conversation turned to new reports linking the Zika virus to a surge in microcephaly in infants in Brazil. “I think it’s fair to say that most obstetricians had never heard of this […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Frustrated you can’t find a therapists? They’re frustrated, too.

Frustrated you can’t find a therapists? They’re frustrated, too.

By April Dembosky, KQED Kaiser Health News There are a lot of people suffering from a mental health condition who need therapy. And there are a lot of therapists who want to help them. But both sides believe the insurance companies that are supposed to bring them together are actually keeping them apart. Insurance companies, […]

July 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
For surgeons, talking about medical mistakes can be difficult, study finds

For surgeons, talking about medical mistakes can be difficult, study finds

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News Dr. Thomas Gallagher has been through many tough conversations with patients. He remembers once standing in front of a patient and the patient’s family, preparing to tell them about a mistake that had occurred. “This is a topic I think about all the time and it was still […]

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