About half of 131 US medical schools surveyed reported that they had provided instruction to students on Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse laws in 2010.
CMS will rescind a new Medicare rule requiring physicians to provide their signatures on requisitions for laboratory tests.
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently surveyed physicians about federal rules and regulations that increase their administrative costs and paperwork burden or that interfere with patient care without significantly benefiting patients or the government.
When a physician has a "difficult" encounter with a patient, he or she is apt to attribute the problem to particular characteristics of the patient. However, a new study demonstrates that not only patient characteristics are associated with "difficult" encounters; certain physician factors also predict a difficult interaction.
Across the country, the author has been hearing ob/gyns discuss selling their practices to, or merging them with, a hospital or academic medical center and/or joining an accountable care organization.
An analysis of data from 6,391 physicians in the 2004-2005 Community Tracking Study showed that during this period ob/gyns' mean hourly wages were $83.
Lower earnings, higher malpractice insurance premiums and longer work weeks—last year was a tough year for ob/gyns, according to Medical Economics' 2010 Exclusive Survey.
The author's suggested reading is a thin book titled, Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care, which he says has the potential to change one's professional life.
Because some practices have been slow to adopt electronic health records, scant evidence exists to support the commonly held notion that EHRs help mitigate liability risk, according to a published report in American Medical News.
I recall I took some comfort in that adage during my residency. However, such bravado was representative of a different era, a time when 36-hour calls, 120-hour workweeks, and 1 weekend off a month were seen as rites of passage crucial to the creation of competent physicians.