UAB Health System unveils physician ratings

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System this week launched a new physician rating system built into the health system's Find a Provider platform, according to Birmingham Business Journal.  By Mackenzie Bean -

Former UCLA medical school dean dies at age 96

Sherman Mellinkoff, MD, former dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, died July 17. By Erin Dietsche -

San Angelo Community Medical Center, Radiology Partners team up

San Angleo (Texas) Community Medical Center is expanding patient services through an agreement with Radiology Partners, a physician-led, on-site radiology practice, according to the Standard-Times.  By Emily Rappleye -

Study finds physicians play favorites with patients

Though the majority of physicians have favorite patients, they strive to provide the best care for all of them, according to a small study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.  By Emily Rappleye -

Beaumont Health, Oakwood ACO and United Physicians form clinically integrated network

Royal Oak, Mich.-based Beaumont Health, Dearborn, Mich.-based Oakwood ACO and Bingham Farms, Mich.-based United Physicians are teaming up to contract directly with health insurers, employers, small businesses and unions in a joint business venture in which patients would receive healthcare exclusively from Beaumont, according to Crain's Detroit Business. By Tamara Rosin -

Commentary: Connecting with patients and family members for participatory care in the exam room

Facing a spike in patient load, increased need for thorough and accurate documentation of patient encounters, and payment tied to patient satisfaction and outcomes, physicians are under an enormous amount of pressure.  By Dr. Karen Betten, MD -

AMA, other medical groups seek to lessen requirements on disclosing industry ties

Nearly 100 national and state medical groups, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Cardiology, are backing a Senate bill that would lift requirements imposed upon drug and device makers to disclose payments made to physicians for attending continuing medical education sessions or receiving medical journals or textbooks, according to STAT. By Tamara Rosin -

400 physicians cut ties with Partners for crosstown rival: Tufts

Nearly 400 physicians from Medford, Mass.-based Hallmark Health System have decided to end their longtime affiliation with Boston-based Partners HealthCare to join Tufts Medical Center, a rival physician network, according to The Boston Globe. By Tamara Rosin -

19 Texas hospitals receive $9.5M to expand healthcare workforce

More than $9.5 million in federal grants will be distributed to 19 hospitals, health systems and other organizations across Texas to enhance training for healthcare professionals, according to The Dallas Morning News. By Tamara Rosin -

Nearly half of trainees lack primary care physician

Medical residents often lack sufficient access to healthcare despite working in a hospital, according to an article in the July issue of the Journal of the Association of American Colleges.  By Emily Rappleye -

HRSA awards $149M to bolster 12 primary care programs

The Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $149 million to a dozen workforce programs to help build the ranks of primary care providers, especially in underserved communities.  By Emily Rappleye -

10 things to know about on-call coverage

Here are 10 key statistics about on-call coverage for hospital executives. By Laura Dyrda -

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to end baccalaureate program

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing will celebrate the final class of students receiving a bachelor's of science in nursing on July 22.  By Alyssa Rege -

This 18-year-old is pursuing a law degree and medical degree simultaneously

Ahmed Mohamed is only 18 years old, but he already has big dreams, according to WFLA.com. By Erin Dietsche -

When it comes to chronic pain, US physicians love opioids and hate marijuana. Here's why

While physicians are well-aware of the opioid addiction in the U.S., many are still wary about the use of medical marijuana to manage chronic pain, according to Daniel Clauw, MD, of Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan. By Tamara Rosin -

Northwell Health to open kidney transplant program at Cohen Children's Medical Center

New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health has received state approval to open its first pediatric kidney transplant program at local Cohen Children's Medical Center later this year. By Tamara Rosin -

Ben Carson says he turned down surgeon general twice

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, MD, claimed on a radio show he turned down two offers to be surgeon general — one from former President George W. Bush and another from President Barack Obama.  By Emily Rappleye -

Physicians from Geisinger, Penn State, other Pa. systems tapped for medical marijuana working group

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is urging physicians to join a working group to inform its development of a medical marijuana program.  By Emily Rappleye -

How surgeons can help more patients—On and off the operating table

Surgeons have stressful, high-stakes jobs. Luckily, they receive years of academic and practical training to help them prepare. However, patients, the ones putting their lives on the line each day, don't have that same training.  By Julie Schulz, MD, MPH– Vice President of Research and Insights at Procured Health -

Trauma centers lacking in Southern Illinois

For many residents of Illinois, the nearest designated trauma center is in a neighboring state. With no trauma centers south of Springfield, Southern Illinois is a trauma care desert, according to The Southern Illinoisan. By Tamara Rosin -

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