AMA Inaugurates Recognition Program in Fight Against Physician Burnout

September 24, 2019 by matray

The American Medical Association (AMA) recognized 22 healthcare organizations as the first recipients of the inaugural Joy in Medicine Recognition. The new distinction offered by the AMA recognizes healthcare organizations that have committed to efforts that improve physician satisfaction and reduce burnout. “It is a great honor to recognize the outstanding… Continue reading...

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HHS Seeks Public Input on Improving Care Coordination and Reducing the Regulatory Burdens of the HIPAA Rules

December 14, 2018 by matray

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from the public on how the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules, especially the HIPAA Privacy Rule, could be modified to further the HHS Secretary’s goal… Continue reading...

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Doctor Burnout in Small Practices Is Dramatically Lower Than National Average, New Study Concludes

July 10, 2018 by matray

Physicians who work in small, independent primary care practices — also known as SIPs — report dramatically lower levels of burnout than the national average (13.5 percent versus 54.4 percent), according to a study led by researchers at NYU School of Medicine published online July 9 in the Journal of the American Board… Continue reading...

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Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Study U.S. Rising Maternal Mortality Rate

June 13, 2018 by matray

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Heidi Heitkamp recently introduced bipartisan legislation to help stop the rate of maternal deaths in the United States — which, unlike any other industrialized country, are on the rise. Senators Capito and Heitkamp’s bipartisan bill would work to boost on-the-ground resources to combat this… Continue reading...

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Medscape Malpractice Report 2017 Finds the Majority of Physicians Sued

November 15, 2017 by matray

The majority (55 percent) of U.S. physicians have been sued, and nearly half of them more than once, according to the results of Medscape’s Physician Malpractice Report 2017.  The survey of 4,000 doctors across more than 25 specialties was published online today. This marks a 15 percent increase over Medscape’s 2013 Malpractice Report. The… Continue reading...

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National Conference of State Legislators Sends Letter to Congress in opposition of proposed ‘HEALTH Act of 2011’ Tort reforms

May 9, 2011 by matray

Last month, the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) wrote a letter to both the chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Health expressing “strong, bipartisan opposition to the passage of the latest federal medical malpractice legislation, HR 5, the ‘Help Efficient Accessible, Low-Cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act… Continue reading...

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Why Medical Malpractice Reform Will Increase the Deficit, Not Reduce It

May 4, 2011 by matray

side note: Here's an interesting article that I almost missed. It's written by Joanne Doroshow of the Center for Justice & Democracy, and she uses Congressional Budget Office (CBO) numbers to argue that tort reform -- specifically the HEALTH Act being considered in Congress -- would actually increase the deficit… Continue reading...

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Malpractice Immunity & Evidence-Based Medicine

March 29, 2011 by matray

side note: Here is an article that shows the conflict of interest that is inherent in our current system of medical liability, and outlines a reform idea worth closer inspection. While sovereign immunity is doubtful, it is an academic argument worth exploring. It's been a year since health care reform… Continue reading...

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Rand Health Study: Investment in New Healthcare Quality Measures Needed as Cost-Cutting Strategies Grow

March 7, 2011 by matray

side note: With all the cost-cutting that is proposed at both federal and state levels, this is an especially prescient report. As the healthcare industry, employers and government officials seek to control the growth of health spending, new efforts are needed to develop and refine quality-of-care and other performance measures… Continue reading...

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Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Formed in House of Representatives

March 3, 2011 by matray

On Feb. 10, Representatives Bob Good-latte and Dan Boren announced the creation of a bipartisan legal reform caucus, the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus. Goodlatte and Boren will serve as co-chairs of the newly formed caucus. According to the congressmen, the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus will serve as a forum for… Continue reading...

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