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Physicians Divided on Healthcare Reform
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

I didn’t realize at the beginning of the summer just how divisive the debate over healthcare reform would ultimately become. As the rhetoric has heated up, it has sharply divided the country, Congress, and even the nation’s physicians. [Read More]
  August 27, 2009

 
Editor's Picks
White House enlists help of doctors
White House health advisers held an hour-long conference call Tuesday night with nearly 3,000 physicians and officials of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Surgeons in which they tried to drum up support by answering questions and describing the administration's goals. As I write in today's column, physicians are far from united when it comes to reform, but both sides are wise to seek their help. I keep going back to this Gallup poll that says it all: The public trusts physicians more than any other group to recommend the right course of action for healthcare reform. [Read More]
Does surgeon age matter?
Experienced trauma surgeons and those just out of general surgery training have about the same survival rates, according to a study in the journal Archives of Surgery by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. That both perform so well speaks to the quality of medical education. It also highlights the importance of the hospital and trauma center. "It's the organization and resources of a major trauma center that are often the most important factors responsible for improved results," Dr. Michael West, professor and vice-chairman of surgery at the University of California San Francisco said in the article. [Read More]
House calls in healthcare reform?
Every few months a major newspaper runs a story about the potential for physician house calls to make a comeback, and for years this trend has been stuck on the brink of taking off. But this article is a little different, because now some legislators are considering making house calls a building block of the healthcare overhaul. A proposal that would give doctors and nurse practitioners a chance to share in the Medicare savings from home visits (if they lead to fewer hospitalizations) has already been added to the House bill. Smart phones and other powerful hand-held technologies make this model much more feasible every day. [Read More]
Study: Doctors unaware of many drug approval uses
Some physicians erroneously think certain off-label uses of prescription drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a survey of nearly 1,200 physicians. Physicians were only able correctly to identify the FDA-approval status of just over half of the 22 drug-indication pairs (some were approved for on-label use, some weren't). This is where electronic health records and other health IT can help—physicians can't be expected to know every drug approval status and interaction from memory, and with instant access to information they won't have to. [Read More]
 
Business Rx
Confront and counsel disruptive physicians
Disruptive behavior can be caused by many internal and external factors. Troubled physicians could have mental health or substance abuse issues or be working through domestic issues with a spouse, children, or aging parents. Unfortunately, if the intervention isn't done correctly, it could create more trouble and the offending physician could make a counter claim for racial, gender, or disability discrimination. [Read More]
 
Physician News
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AMA President Dives into Blogosphere
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Two-thirds get medical tests with radiation dose
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