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Physicians take MOC fight to state level
Physicians take MOC fight to state levelA new law in Oklahoma—and proposals in other states—looks to limit the power of maintenance of certification
Will Aetna, Humana merger go through?
Will Aetna, Humana merger go through?Despite concessions, DOJ on mission to block merger of health insurers.
False Claims Act penalties to double
False Claims Act penalties to doubleFalse Claims Act (FCA) penalties are set to steepen as the Justice Department has revamped the amount healthcare providers must pay for violations.
New program aids high-needs patients, reduces health expenses
New program aids high-needs patients, reduces health expensesTo help doctors more effectively care for their high-needs patients, the Intensive Outpatient Care Program (IOCP) embeds care coordinators in medical practices.
Primary care physicians double down on vaccine rates
Primary care physicians double down on vaccine ratesThey’re miracles of modern medicine—vaccines that have seen the virtual eradication of diseases like polio, diphtheria and measles in the United States, and complete eradication of small pox around the world.
Female doctors still facing harassment despite awareness
Female doctors still facing harassment despite awarenessIncreased awareness hasn’t eliminated the problem for female physicians
MACRA doesn’t spell end of independent medical practices
MACRA doesn’t spell end of independent medical practicesWhile the Medicare payment reform law Congress passed last year poses numerous challenges for independent medical practices, it will not doom them.
Gun ownership is a civil right
Gun ownership is a civil rightReading “Obtaining an assault rifle should be as difficult as becoming a doctor” shocked me, as it should shock every American.
Obtaining an assault rifle should be as difficult as becoming a doctor
Obtaining an assault rifle should be as difficult as becoming a doctorNot everyone can treat patients legally, and not everyone can hold a person’s life and future in their hands. That’s why we have medical schools and licensure fees and exams and state medical boards—to keep quacks and charlatans from hanging out a shingle.
JAMA study a slap in the face to physiciansAMA recently published an article with findings from a study alleging an association between free meals for physicians and an increased rate of prescribing the branded drugs discussed during a lunch or dinner meeting. Of course, it wasn’t until you got to the very end of the piece that the authors came clean and admitted that there is no actual cause-and-effect relationship present.