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Medical Students Keep Depression Under Wraps
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Researchers at the University of Michigan medical school find that medical students battle depression in greater numbers than the general population and believe that colleagues and instructors have little use for it. They may also exhibit some intolerance toward patients with depressive symptoms.[Read More]
  September 23, 2010

 
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Can ACOs Crack the Healthcare Payment Code?

Cora Nucci, senior online editor for HealthLeaders Media, describes the beginning of the march toward the overhaul of the nation's healthcare delivery system, thoughtful people may agree to disagree on the merits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law six months ago. But the effects it will have on physicians, hospitals, and payers will be stressful for all. Expect some discomfort.

An in-depth analysis published this month by the Intelligence Division of HealthLeaders Media examines the relationship between physicians and hospitals at a critical moment. Healthcare leaders were surveyed for the report just before the first provisions of the new law were about to take effect, while anticipation and speculation about the reform provisions were in high gear.

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Unauthorized Employee Sign Off on Mammogram
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Janitor Sells Patient Records for $40
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2010
HHS Awards 131 million for Health Professions, Workforce
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Ravitch calls for overhaul of Medicaid in New York
The Star Gazette, September 21, 2010
City of Hope's reorganization plan creates rift with doctors group
Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2010
NY State disciplines 12 physicians
North County Gazette, September 22, 2010
CMS Renews $86 Million WellPoint Contract
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 22, 2010
Obesity, Overweight Carry Heavy Financial Burden
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Lifespan proposes to eliminate heart surgery at Miriam, move all to Rhode Island
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