Wyden questions motives of doctors on opioid abuse panel

By Associated Press  |  June 24, 2016

A high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing for more answers on why doctors and patient advocates with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry came to serve on a panel that advises the federal government on pain issues.

First wave of Stage 3-ready EHR products are tested, certified

By Joseph Conn  |  June 24, 2016

Healthcare providers looking to upgrade to the latest government-approved electronic health record systems got a signal this week that the products are in the pipeline, though they may be six or more months away from reaching the market.

Authorities charge 301 in healthcare fraud schemes in largest-ever takedown

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 22, 2016

Federal and state enforcement officials charged 301 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals across the country for alleged healthcare fraud Wednesday in what the U.S. Justice Department described as the largest coordinated takedown in history.

Commentary: Physician burnout in America—a roadmap for restoring joy and purpose in medicine

By Dr. William Maples, Dr. Bridget Duffy, Tom Cosgrove and Dr. Ronald Paulus  |  June 22, 2016

An alarming 50% of American physicians and caregivers experience burnout—and that number is growing. Burnout produces dissatisfied and unfulfilled patients, families and care teams while also compromising care quality, including increased medication errors and hospital-associated infections.

Rx pizza: 1 free meal can sway doctor prescribing

By Associated Press  |  June 21, 2016

As little as one free meal from a drug company can influence which medicines doctors prescribe for Medicare patients, according to a study using Medicare records and recently released data from the healthcare law's Open Payments program.

Sloan Kettering's Hudis to take over as CEO of ASCO

Sloan Kettering's Hudis to take over as CEO of ASCO

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 18, 2016

Dr. Clifford Hudis, 57, is the CEO of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, effective June 27. He succeeds Dr. Allen Lichter, 70, who is retiring after 10 years in the top job.

Tread carefully on measures for patient satisfaction

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 18, 2016

Regarding the recent online commentary “Yelp CEO says online reviews could beat 'gold standard' healthcare measures," patients' perceptions of their care do have value, and their complaints can be drivers for systemic change. A key word is “perception.” And reality for many people...

Unionized hospitalists at Oregon hospital agree to first contract

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 17, 2016

Unionized hospitalists at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend have agreed to terms of an initial contract with the Oregon hospital, less than a week before an informational picket was scheduled outside the hospital. The hospitalists at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart are the first such...

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