This physician cares for Obama's grandmother in Kenya

Bonyo S. Bonyo, DO, was just 8 years old when his sister died of dehydration. Since then, he's been on a mission to improve healthcare in his native Kenya, according to The Charlotte Observer. By Erin Marshall -

How innovation in pediatric medicine is driving improved patient outcomes

Earlier this year, health care visionary and entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong announced that Phoenix Children's Hospital would lead the pediatric arm of Cancer Moonshot 2020, the nation's most comprehensive cancer initiative whose goal is to accelerate the potential of combination immunotherapy as the next generation standard of care in cancer patients. This overall program aims to transform cancer care as we know it by initiating randomized Phase II trials in 20 tumor types for 20,000 patients at all stages of disease within the next three years, ultimately developing an effective vaccine-based immunotherapy for cancer by 2020.  By H. Stacy Nicholson, MD, MPH -

5 things to know about how physicians make employment, practice decisions

As many as one in five providers plan to make a career change within the next year, and only 27 percent were able to say they are definitely not going to make a change, according to an annual survey from The Medicus Firm.  By Emily Rappleye -

Trauma journal issues call to action on gun violence

The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery dedicated its June issue to revitalizing interest and stimulating participation among trauma surgeons to help reduce gun-related violence in the U.S., according to an editorial penned by two of its editors and a third physician.  By Emily Rappleye -

Andy Slavitt talks MACRA: 4 key takeaways

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt gave his take this weekend on Twitter on the progress of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which will change the way physicians are reimbursed for Medicare services.  By Emily Rappleye -

Oklahoma governor vetoes controversial abortion bill

On Friday, Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would have made performing an abortion a felony because the bill "was vague and would not withstand a criminal constitutional legal challenge."  By Heather Punke -

DaVita to buy 13-physician group in Orlando

Denver-based DaVita HealthCare Partners has locked in a definitive acquisition agreement with Orlando-based Family Health Care of Central Florida, one of the area's prominent medical groups.  By Emily Rappleye -

The ties that bind: The role of high-performing physician networks

In the transition to a value-based reimbursement environment, a high-performing physician network can help hospitals and health systems remain relevant and achieve scale in an industry characterized by consolidation. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Johns Hopkins halts medical training on live animals

Students at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will no longer have to practice their skills on live pigs, according to The Baltimore Sun. By Erin Marshall -

Med school debt for ER physicians 25% higher than average mortgage, study finds

The average debt incurred from medical education by emergency medicine residents is approximately 25 percent higher than the average mortgage in the U.S., according to the results of a study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, and has profound effects on their professional and personal life choices.  By Tamara Rosin -

Survey: Americans satisfied with primary care physicians, but worried about cost

More than 90 percent of patients reported satisfaction with their primary care physician across several categories in a new survey. However, many also communicated concern regarding healthcare costs and medical debt. By Brian Zimmerman -

Ohio launches consortium to help independent practices remain financially sustainable

East Lansing, Mich.-based consulting firm Medical Advantage Group is launching a consortium to provide Ohio physicians with the business and clinical tools they need to survive in an era of value-based medicine.  By Emily Rappleye -

British junior physicians, NHS reach a deal

The British Medical Association — the union that represents junior physicians — and the British government have reached an agreement over a highly disputed contract, according to BBC.  By Emily Rappleye -

Northern Physicians Organization, eMedApps partner to reduce ER overuse

Northern Physicians Organization, based in Traverse City, Mich., has partnered with eMedApps to deploy a real-time notification and analytics system.  By Kelly Gooch -

Feds hire private contractor to manage ERs on Nebraska, South Dakota reservations

The emergency room at the only hospital on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota will reopen since federal officials on Tuesday hired a contractor to provide emergency services there and at two other government-run hospitals, according to ABC News. By Tamara Rosin -

Kansas, Mississippi enact law for interstate physician licensure

The governors of Kansas and Mississippi both signed bills into law in the past week that would speed the physician licensing process across state lines.  By Emily Rappleye -

Ranks of cardiothoracic surgeons to hit critical lows by 2035

If the rate at which cardiothoracic surgeons are trained and certified does not increase, the nation will experience a critical shortage of these specialty physicians, according to an analysis presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.   By Emily Rappleye -

Advocate celebrates agreement to operate 56 Walgreens health clinics in Chicagoland

Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health celebrated the launch of its clinical agreement with Walgreens Wednesday with events at 11 different store locations.   By Emily Rappleye -

BMJ editors defend peer review system after 'weekend effect' paper rejected

Discussions on Twitter and elsewhere regarding the perceived shortcomings of The BMJ peer review system prompted the journal's research editors to defend the process in a recent blog post.  By Ayla Ellison -

Okla. tobacco trust to donate $3.8M to bolster emergency care

Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the state's public trust from tobacco lawsuits, is awarding a $3.8 million, six-year grant to Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and OSU Medical Authority, both in Tulsa, according to a local news report from News 9.  By Emily Rappleye -

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