Music soothes burnout, increases empathy

March 19, 2018
Medical students who temporarily put down a medical instrument and picked up a musical one, say doing so helped alleviate their burnout symptoms and…
In the Journals

US health care spending double other countries, use rates similar

March 13, 2018
The United States spent almost twice as much as other high-income countries on health care, but the use of health care in the U.S. closely aligned…

Deadline approaching for submitting data to CMS

March 12, 2018
Eligible clinicians have until March 31 to submit their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS, data to CMS. Clinicians should decide now…

Cigna acquires Express Scripts, AMA expresses concern

March 8, 2018
Cigna Corporation and Express Scripts Holding Company announced a definitive agreement in which Cigna will acquire Express Scripts for approximately…

ACP urges physicians to discuss firearm safety with patients

March 1, 2018
Physicians often encounter individuals who later commit firearm violence and many of these individuals have “well-recognized” risk…

Tips on picking, discussing apps with patients

February 28, 2018
By some estimates, there are between 50,000 and 200,000 apps intended to serve a medical need. These apps claim to manage symptoms of depression…

34% of physicians have been sued: How to best minimize your risk

February 23, 2018
The AMA released three new trend reports demonstrating the high frequency and cost burden of medical liability claims. “Information in this…

Former Aetna director’s admission on decision process could impact millions

February 21, 2018
Authorities in four states are investigating Aetna policy decisions after its former medical director, Jay Ken Iinuma, MD, admitted making decisions…
In the Journals

More than a third of physicians meet burnout criteria

February 21, 2018
Approximately one-third of physicians experience characteristics of burnout, such as emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, which often led to…
Meeting News

South Beach Symposium highlights ‘cutting edge’ advancements in dermatology, aesthetics

February 16, 2018
March 1 through 4, the 16th annual South Beach Symposium will offer “cutting edge” education to attendees on the latest treatments…

DACA: Losing one ‘dreamer’ in medical school ‘can have a huge impact’ on patient care

February 14, 2018
As the government debates immigration and the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, medical schools envision the possible implications…

Health care largely ‘wins’ in latest budget deal, analysts, medical societies say

February 12, 2018
Health care policy analysts and medical societies are applauding the budget agreement signed last week by President Donald Trump, citing financial…

Andy Slavitt unveils ‘United States of Care’ to promote accessible, affordable care

February 7, 2018
Former CMS administrator Andy Slavitt has launched a new bipartisan nonprofit organization called the United States of Care to ensure access to…

Allergan reports 12% increase in fourth quarter revenues

February 6, 2018
Allergan reported $4.3 billion in fourth quarter GAAP net revenues, a 12% increase over the previous year’s fourth quarter, according to a…

Q&A: Philadelphia supports safe injection sites to fight opioid crisis

February 2, 2018
According to the CDC, drug overdose deaths and opioid-related deaths continue to grow at an alarming rate in the United States, with an average of…

Fitzgerald resigns as CDC director over ‘complex’ financial conflicts

January 31, 2018
Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, resigned as CDC director after just 7 months over financial conflicts of interest that HHS said were “limiting her…

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase to form new health care company for employees

January 30, 2018
Amazon, along with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, will form an independent health care company for their employees in the United States, the…
Worth Building

What qualifies as a stock market ‘plunge’?

January 29, 2018
I recently heard a financial reporter refer to a 100-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average as “a 100-point plunge,” which made…
In the Journals

More doctors, patients working together to make medical decisions

January 29, 2018
Doctors and patients are more frequently engaged in the shared decision-making process now than they were in the past, according to findings recently…

Nearly half of physicians experience burnout

January 25, 2018
In the United States, 42% of physicians report burnout and many also report depression, according to Medscape’s 2018 National Physician Burnout…
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