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Medical students face significant student loan debt

Medical students face significant student loan debt | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it

Last Friday, medical students across the country opened an envelope to find out where they will complete their residency program. In a few months, another envelope will be delivered to each student. Inside they will find a bill for their student loans.

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CMS kicks off the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative

CMS kicks off the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
On January 31, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officially rolled out the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, announcing the healthcare organizations...
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Proposed immigration reform could extend healthcare coverage to millions

Proposed immigration reform could extend healthcare coverage to millions | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
The news around Capitol Hill is that a bipartisan group of senators is planning to propose a comprehensive immigration reform package that would make millions...
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Study confirms link between emergency department wait times, cost, and quality

Study confirms link between emergency department wait times, cost, and quality | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
Improving throughput in the emergency department (ED) has always been a top concern for hospital leaders, but a new study proves ED wait times negatively...
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Services provided by hospital-employed docs are more expensive

Services provided by hospital-employed docs are more expensive | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
Two things are true. More doctors are closing their private practices for hospital employment, and healthcare costs are climbing. An article in the Charlotte Observer...
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Obama administration lays groundwork for ACA implementation

Obama administration lays groundwork for ACA implementation | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
As expected, the Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are wasting little time laying the groundwork for implementation of the...
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States are on the clock to set up insurance exchanges

States are on the clock to set up insurance exchanges | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama will remain in the White House for the next four years, which means the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the biggest accomplishment of...
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What is Movember?

What is Movember? | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
This month, the men in your life may begin looking more distinguished. Don’t be afraid. It’s only Movember. Movember is the annual month-long charity event...
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Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate against men

Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate against men | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
If you hadn’t noticed, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Events such as The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the NFL’s A Crucial Catch have brought the disease into our collective consciousness and saved countless lives.
However, despite the attention given to the disease, many are surprised to learn that 2% of the people diagnosed with breast cancer are men.
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Harvard hospital admits it promoted weak science on aspartame

Harvard hospital admits it promoted weak science on aspartame | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
A new study finding a potential cancer risk from the artificial sweetener aspartame is so weak that Brigham and Women’s Hospital  -- a Harvard teaching facility -- is now apologizing for promoting the research. In other words, if you see a headline...
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Doctor Shortage Spreading in U.S. Presaged in Las Vegas

Doctor Shortage Spreading in U.S. Presaged in Las Vegas | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
Mary Berg is paying the price for a shortage of U.S. doctors that by most accounts is about to get much worse.

 

After finding out in 2006 she had a rare and deadly gastrointestinal cancer, the 49-year-old mother of a teen-aged daughter found there were no doctors in Nevada who specialized in her type of tumor. Only one cancer center took her insurance. And because the tumor had spread, the need for a liver transplant was a distinct possibility, though no surgeons in the state were qualified to do the procedure.

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Cold virus proteins could lead to tumor-busting virus

Cold virus proteins could lead to tumor-busting virus | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it

Amazing stuff here! Scientists believe they may be able to create a tumor-busting virus that would destroy cancer cells.

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Peer pressure among ED physicians leads to improved throughput

Peer pressure among ED physicians leads to improved throughput | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
Peer pressure isn't always a bad thing. Placing peer pressure on emergency department (ED) physicians can improve discharge rates and reduce average length of stay,...
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4 in 10 hospitalists deal with unsafe workloads at least once a week

4 in 10 hospitalists deal with unsafe workloads at least once a week | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
A research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine confirmed what many hospital-based physicians already know. Hospitalists are overworked. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University surveyed 506...
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Physician burnout: Causes and consequences

Physician burnout: Causes and consequences | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
Physician burnout has recently become a hot topic, although it is certainly not a new one. According to commentary published in a 2011 issue of...
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Obama’s fiscal cliff plan may eliminate SGR for good

Obama’s fiscal cliff plan may eliminate SGR for good | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
This year, physicians and the American Medical Association (AMA) may get the present they have been waiting 12 years to receive—the elimination of the sustainable...
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Nurse Practitioner opportunities are growing outside the office, hospital

Nurse Practitioner opportunities are growing outside the office, hospital | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
Nurse practitioners (NP) are not limited to the hospital or the office. More and more NPs are exploring career options that take them into the...
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The FDA and medical apps: Where are we? | PhysBizTech

The FDA and medical apps: Where are we? | PhysBizTech | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it

According to a recent presentation by the FDA to the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, there are now 17,828 health and fitness apps and 14,558 medical apps.

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BodyMedia® users monitor their lifestyle, manage their weight

BodyMedia® users monitor their lifestyle, manage their weight | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
Many people struggle with their weight and will do just about anything to shed a few pounds. Fab diets and weight loss pills are popular,...
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Be prepared for Halloween-specific ED visits

Be prepared for Halloween-specific ED visits | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it
October 31 can often be a busy night for the emergency department (ED). In fact, Halloween ranks among the top for holiday-related injuries to children....
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Palliative care: An alternative to Death with Dignity Act?

Palliative care: An alternative to Death with Dignity Act? | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it

This November, voters in Massachusetts will decide whether to allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients.

 

If the Death with Dignity Act (DWDA) were to pass, Massachusetts would join Washington and Oregon as the third state to pass such legislation.

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Malpractice insurance premiums expected to rise over next three years

Malpractice insurance premiums expected to rise over next three years | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it

The impending physician shortage may have an effect on more than access to care. Representatives from PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. (PwC) cited the impending shortage as one of the factors that may cause malpractice insurance rates to increase within the next three years.

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Frustrated practice owners seek alternatives | PhysBizTech

Frustrated practice owners seek alternatives | PhysBizTech | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it

Hospital employment, concierge medicine and locum tenens are viable career paths that allow physicians to continue to practice medicine without the hardships that come with practice ownership.

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LocumLife to introduce new column - - Locum Tenens

LocumLife to introduce new column - - Locum Tenens | Healthcare news and trends | Scoop.it

This January, LocumLife will be adding a column written by providers who entered into locums directly from their training. 

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