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Defensive Medicine Is More Of A Problem Than You Think

December 17, 2013 9:47 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

You may have missed this when it first appeared. Experts from Harvard and the University of Southern California say assumptions made by some analysts that defensive medicine is not an important facet of the high cost of healthcare may be wrong. Those assumptions were based on data showing that malpractice reforms instituted in some states did little to reduce healthcare spending...

It’s Time To Support Performance Measurement In Healthcare

December 16, 2013 9:47 am | by Richard Patterson, M.D. | Comments

A fundamental mantra of business students is, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it.”  As healthcare costs spiraled and apparent benefits did not keep pace, there was increasing pressure — and rightly so — to manage the resources being consumed, in a way that ensured quality improvement...

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The Friday Four: The ACS, President Obama, And Physician Pay

December 13, 2013 11:08 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. The Leader of the Free World and a superstar NFL quarterback are among the individuals who made the cut this week...

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Are Today’s New Surgeons Unprepared?

December 13, 2013 9:06 am | by Pauline Chen, M.D. | Comments

“When you take a whole year’s worth of in-hospital experiences out of training, you can’t be surprised that the ‘product’ is not the same,” said Dr. Frank R. Lewis, executive director of the American Board of Surgery...    

Personalized Medicine: The Future Is Now

December 12, 2013 9:57 am | by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, FDA | Comments

The difference between science and science fiction is a line that seems ever harder to distinguish, thanks in part to a host of astonishing advances in medical science that are helping to create a new age of promise and possibility for patients...

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Car Dealerships Have Something To Teach Hospitals

December 11, 2013 9:08 am | by Suneel Dhand, M.D. | Comments

While office-based doctors have made full use of the computers at their desks for a very long time, the same cannot to be said for how hospital doctors work with them. As well as pulling up records and placing orders, we should also be able to use our smart devices as an aid for educating our patients...

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What Leaders Can Learn From The Failure Of Healthcare.gov

December 10, 2013 9:51 am | by Amy Emondson | Comments

Reflecting together on what happened, what was learned, and what could be tried next is a crucial step. Do this fast and do it openly, sharing insights widely, so as to ensure that others in the organization don’t recreate the same failures. The purpose of reflecting is ultimately to come up with the next experiment, which means being willing to confront the next failure, and the next honest reflection session...

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It’s A Fearful Time For Medical Students

December 9, 2013 9:10 am | by Nathaniel Nolan | Comments

By some estimates, the United States will be short more than 60,000 physicians in the next two years. This is also devastating to students. Without a residency position, you cannot practice medicine and therefore cannot earn a living. That is scary news to the average medical student who graduates with more than $160,000 in debt...

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The Friday Four: Lab Tech Sentenced For Injecting Patients With Hepatitis C

December 6, 2013 10:33 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. Fueled by copious amounts of coffee, unwanted Thanksgiving leftovers, and Christmas-themed chocolates, I narrowed down a long list of worthy candidates to the following…     

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OPINION: How Obamacare Will Creatively Destroy Primary Care As We Know It

December 5, 2013 9:36 am | by Margalit Gur-Arie | Comments

As Obamacare is winding its way through a hellish bureaucratic labyrinth of its own creation, accompanied by cheers and boos from the blood thirsty spectator crowds, confusion, fear, trepidation, despair, and exhilaration, are gripping America’s doctors all at once, because whatever else is accomplished in the next decade, medicine will never be the same...

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Health Reform Will Close Hospitals: Why That May Not Be A Bad Idea

December 4, 2013 9:35 am | by Robert Pearl, M.D. | Comments

Since 2000, the number of acute-care hospitals has held steady at around 5,700. However, the push to limit utilization at these high-cost facilities continues while low-volume hospitals across the country are struggling to survive...  

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Using Simulated Patients In Medical Education

December 3, 2013 9:33 am | by Felise Milan, M.D. | Comments

The use of standardized or simulated patients (SPs) in medical education for the teaching and assessment of clinical skills has enormously expanded the opportunities for medical students and residents to develop and practice their skills in challenging and high-risk clinical situations without any risk to patients...

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Despite Checklists, Wrong-Site Surgery Still Occurs. Why?

December 2, 2013 9:57 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Not long ago, two California hospitals were cited by the state for wrong site surgery. Both hospitals made the usual system and protocol corrections that are precipitated by any state investigation. But these were human errors and will likely happen again. The existing policies were adequate. They simply were not followed...

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The Friday Four: Will Derrick Rose Ever Be The Same Again?

November 29, 2013 5:58 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. Without further ado, here’s the second installment…                    

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Will Video Replays Lead To Safer Surgeons?

November 26, 2013 9:36 am | by Kevin R. Campbell, M.D. | Comments

Surgeons must use every tool possible to ensure that we can continue to improve our skills as we progress in our careers.  Evaluations such as video observation should be incorporated into training programs and may also play a role in continuing education for physicians throughout their careers...

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