Last medical school to use live animals for training quits the practice

For years, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga has been a holdout. Although every other medical school has stopped using animals to teach students, it hasn't — until now, reports The Washington Post. By Erin Marshall -

11 new medical schools, residency programs in 2016 so far

Here are 11 new medical education schools, programs or departments announced or launched in the first half of 2016, beginning with the most recent. By Erin Marshall -

New England Journal of Medicine launches tool to help residents prepare for challenges of being clinicians

Residents have it hard. They wrestle with huge time demands and care responsibilities while learning the ropes and preparing themselves to take on the professional responsibility of physicianship. New England Journal of Medicine has launched a tool to help them navigate the process. By Max Green -

UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine dean resigns

Francisco Fernandez, MD — the founding dean and current vice president for medical affairs at Edinburg-based University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine —  has stepped down from his position, according to MySanAntonio.com. By Erin Marshall -

This hospital is giving free housing to frequent ER patients

It costs Chicago-based University of Illinois Hospital $3,000 per day to care for patients who frequently visit the emergency room. But through a new pilot program, the hospital has whittled that cost down to approximately $33 per day. By Erin Marshall -

Carolinas HealthCare System forms 2,300-physician CIN

Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System is collaborating with a newly formed clinically integrated network of nearly 2,300 physicians called the Carolinas Physician Alliance.  By Emily Rappleye -

The epidemic of physician burnout

The evidence is rapidly accumulating to suggest that physician burnout has reached epidemic levels in the US healthcare delivery system.  By Author: William Jessee, Managing Director & Senior Medical Advisor, Integrated Healthcare Strategies (Gallagher Integrated), a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. -

CHOP, Einstein Healthcare Network to offer joint services at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Philadelphia-based Einstein Healthcare Network will jointly provide neonatal, newborn, maternal and pediatric emergency services, according to Philly.com. By Tamara Rosin -

National physician group adds another founding partner

US Acute Care Solutions, a national physician-owned emergency medicine, hospitalist and observation service organization, is welcoming another founding partner: ERGENTUS Emergency Service Physicians, an organization that staffs emergency medicine physicians in healthcare organizations in Colorado.  By Emily Rappleye -

7 comments on MACRA from industry-leading organizations

Monday's midnight closure of the comment period for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act — which determines how physicians will be paid under Medicare —was met with many comments and suggestions from across the healthcare industry.  By Emily Rappleye -

Mount Sinai, Valley Health System partner on cancer care

New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System is partnering with Ridgewood, N.J.-based Valley Health System to expand improved cancer care services in Northern New Jersey, according to NJ Biz. By Tamara Rosin -

Med school for engineers in the works at Texas A&M

College Station-based Texas A&M University plans to establish an engineering medical school at Houston Methodist Hospital, pending various approvals.  By Emily Rappleye -

Literature class: A new course in medical school?

As medical students begin immersing themselves in the clinical setting — in which work must be done methodically and efficiently — many struggle with the unsettling, yet seemingly necessary transformation to a state of desensitization. By Tamara Rosin -

MACRA comment period closes today

The comment period on CMS' proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act closes Monday at midnight.  By Emily Rappleye -

MinuteClinic adds clinics in South Florida Target stores

Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health installed its retail medical clinic, MinuteClinic, in six South Florida Target stores.  By Emily Rappleye -

Are physicians really prescribing more in exchange for free lunches? 4 thoughts

A recent article published by JAMA found pharmaceutical industry-sponsored meals valued at less than $20 were associated with higher rates of prescribing certain brand name medications. But is it fair to call this bribery and call it a day? By Tamara Rosin -

Physician burnout: Mayo Clinic expert offers work-life balance strategies

At the 2016 annual meeting of the American Medical Association, a physician burnout expert from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., examined the factors that contribute to burnout and offered self-assessment strategies to address the issue. By Brian Zimmerman -

Best practices for effective physician on-boarding

In a recent blog posting, Community Hosptial Corporation's, Stephanie Hobson, discusses best practices for effective physician on-boarding. "You've successfully recruited the physician you need to serve your community. What comes next? The hiring process is just the first step in retaining these professionals you have worked so hard to recruit. Equally important is physician on-boarding — the process of familiarizing and orienting physicians to a new healthcare facility or practice, and to the culture of your organization. On-boarding introduces new physicians to the community, integrates them into the medical staff, helps them establish their practice and achieve a firm financial foundation in the first year." Please click here to continue >>  The views, opinions and positions expressed within these guest posts are those of the author alone and do not represent those of Becker's Hospital Review/Becker's Healthcare. The accuracy, completeness and validity of any statements made within this article are not guaranteed. We accept no liability for any errors, omissions or representations. The copyright of this content belongs to the author and any liability with regards to infringement of intellectual property rights remains with them.​   By Staff -

W.Va. to measure, rank physicians on opioid prescribing

The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy plans to roll out an opioid "prescriber report card" system, according to a report in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.  By Emily Rappleye -

Vidant opens 24-hour clinic to replace closed Pungo Hospital

Greenville, N.C.-based Vidant Health opened a new $5.5 million, 12,000-square-foot multispecialty clinic Monday in Belhaven, N.C., where it closed its Pungo Hospital in July 2014.  By Emily Rappleye -

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