AmSurg eyes deals with plans for $516 million stock offering

By Dave Barkholz  |  December 01, 2015

AmSurg Corp., the giant ambulatory surgery and physician-service company, is planning to raise as much as $516 million with a secondary offering of common shares to fund a spate of potential acquisitions and retire some debt.

Family docs question benefits of new payment models

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 01, 2015

Family physicians have reservations about their ability to thrive in the shift by Medicare and other payers to value-based payment models—and about whether the shift will deliver the promised benefits for patients.

Kevorkian archive opens as physician-assisted deaths rise

By Associated Press  |  November 30, 2015

A collection of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's files has been opened to the public at his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Kevorkian, a graduate of Michigan's Medical School, he sparked the national right-to-die debate.

Better funding means trauma center shortage may become a glut

Better funding means trauma center shortage may become a glut

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  November 28, 2015

Some say the growth in trauma centers reflects an increase in trauma cases and population booms, but financial incentives have clearly been a factor as a greater share of patients are now insured. If the growth leads to overcapacity, it could be problematic for patient care and hospitals' finances.

Blog: ACP urges docs to prescribe more generics

Blog: ACP urges docs to prescribe more generics

By Nia Williams  |  November 25, 2015

Doctors often prescribe expensive brand-name drugs even when generics would be cheaper and just as effective. Physicians should instead prescribe generics whenever possible, the American College of Physicians recommended this week.

Murthy praises doc who made a difference

Murthy praises doc who made a difference

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 21, 2015

After spending about 12 minutes urging attendees at a recent American Public Health Association meeting to go forth and do great things, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy used the story of high school student Jill Stewart as an example of how one person can make a difference.

Researchers defend 'unethical' med-student work-hour study

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 20, 2015

While there are passionate opinions on how many hours medical residents should work per shift, there is very little data to suggest that slashing their schedules is ultimately safest for the patient, researchers say. The shorter hours could also result in unintended consequences, argue supporters...

Studies on resident work hours 'highly unethical,' lack patient consent

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 19, 2015

Two studies that randomly assigned first-year medical interns to work longer hours than recommended to see the impact on patient outcomes are "highly unethical," said Public Citizen and the American Medical Student Association in letters sent Tuesday to HHS.

How hospitals are prepping for Medicare's mandatory bundled-pay test

How hospitals are prepping for Medicare's mandatory bundled-pay test

By Melanie Evans  |  November 18, 2015

Hospitals in dozens of U.S. markets are now cramming for a compulsory test of Medicare payment reform with hip and knee replacements. The hardest part may be that their success relies on the work of partners they aren't used to collaborating with.

AMA delegates want ban on direct-to-consumer drug ads

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 17, 2015

The American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted Tuesday to support a ban on direct-to-consumer drug and medical-device advertising, saying the ads drive up the demand for more expensive treatments.

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