Mohawk Valley Health System cuts ties with 3 physician groups

Mohawk Valley Health System in Utica, N.Y., has cut ties with three local pediatrics groups, according to a WKTV report.  By Kelly Gooch -

Investigation reveals bodies donated to NYU medical school buried in mass graves

Despite their wishes, an unknown number of people who donated their bodies to New York University School of Medicine ended up in mass graves on New York's Hart Island, where unclaimed bodies and indigent people are buried, an investigation by The New York Times has revealed.  By Emily Rappleye -

3 thoughts from one physician who rather be an 'artisan' than a 'provider'

Does "population health" cheat individual patients of high-quality care?  By Emily Rappleye -

Four national physician organizations urge Congress to fund Zika fight

Four major physician organizations sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Thursday, pressing them to pass a bill to fund the fight against Zika. By Heather Punke -

The problem with physician pimping: 'It encourages us to learn to show, not grow'

The prevailing model of medical education encourages students and residents to project two traits patients expect to see in their physicians — certainty and confidence — but it may actually be detrimental to learning and growth, Dhruv Khullar, MD, a resident physician at Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, wrote in a blog for The New York Times.  By Emily Rappleye -

University of Nebraska Medical Center to add dermatology department

Omaha-based University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Medicine is launching its second new department in a year, this time establishing a department of dermatology to help address a statewide shortage.  By Emily Rappleye -

Legally blind man prepares to graduate from medical school

Like his classmates at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jeffrey Gazzara has overcome various challenges on his journey to his upcoming graduation. But he's overcome one challenge that his classmates haven't, according to CBS Philly. By Erin Marshall -

50 states ranked by the share of adults who went a year without visiting a physician

Here is a ranking of the 50 states by the percentage of adults who did not see or talk to a general physician in 12 months.  By Mackenzie Bean -

Study finds depression during internship could have profound impact on physicians' careers

A study found depression during medical internship can have lasting negative effects and can even impact broader career decisions.  By Emily Rappleye -

Wisconsin chiropractors want to prescribe painkillers

A bill in Wisconsin that would allow chiropractors to write prescriptions for painkillers has gotten a lot of attention from supporters and critics.  By Emily Rappleye -

Physicians take issue with VA's proposed rule for APRNs to work to top of license

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposed a rule to give advanced practice registered nurses full practice authority without physician supervision to help expand the pool of providers for the VA Health Care System, according to a notice published in the Federal Register. However, some physicians are up in arms about the proposed policy — particularly anesthesiologists.  By Emily Rappleye -

VA Health Care System, CVS test urgent care affiliation

Amid challenges to reduce wait times, the VA Health Care System is launching an initiative at its Palo Alto, Calif., branch with CVS Health to give veterans access to same day appointments.  By Emily Rappleye -

What physicians think about the opioid crisis: 5 survey takeaways

CDC data indicates the rate of fatal opioid overdoses in the U.S. has quadrupled since 2000 — and many physicians believe the problem comes from initiatives to make pain the "fifth vital sign," according to a survey from HealthTap.  By Emily Rappleye -

Study: Despite critical need, most Americans unlikely to enroll in clinical trials

Despite the importance of clinical trials to the development of lifesaving medications, the majority of Americans are unlikely to enroll in a clinical trial. According to a survey of more than 1,500 consumers and nearly 600 physicians, only 35 percent of Americans indicated they were "likely" to enroll in a clinical trial. By Tamara Rosin -

Alaska medical board suspends license of physician over painkiller prescriptions

Mahmood Ahmad, MD, a pain medicine physician with a practice in Anchorage, Alaska, had his medical license suspended by the Alaska State Medical Board after he was accused of prescribing large amounts of painkillers for cash, according to an Alaska Dispatch News report.  By Heather Punke -

50 states ranked by the share of adults lacking a usual place of care

Here is a ranking of the 50 states by the percentage of adults who do not have a usual place for medical care.  By Mackenzie Bean -

Opinion: MD says nurse practitioners should work independently

The influx of states expanding the medical reach of nurse practitioners has spurred a backlash from many physicians. In an opinion piece appearing in STAT, Vinay Prasad, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, makes a case for the expanding role of nurse practitioners. By Brian Zimmerman -

Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group adds two clinics

Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group, a network of more than 300 providers based in Baton Rouge, La., has welcomed an internal medicine and pediatric group to its network, adding two new clinic locations.  By Emily Rappleye -

Vanderbilt University Medical Center pushes initiative to reshape access to care in Tennessee: 5 things to know

Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., is behind an initiative to bring independent hospitals in Tennessee under a single umbrella network, The Tennessean reports.  By Kelly Gooch -

End-of-life talks could become more common following Medicare payment change

Physicians may be more likely to have end-of-life talks with patients now that Medicare has started paying for advanced-care planning conversations, according to an Associated Press report published by CBS News.  By Kelly Gooch -

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