Surgeon General calls for more robust physician training for opioid prescribing

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, on Wednesday said training needs to be ramped up for physicians who prescribe opioids, according to The Hill. By Tamara Rosin -

Medical school enrollment up 25%

New data shows U.S. medical school enrollment has grown by a quarter since 2002, adding more than 4,100 new students into the fold, according to a report released Thursday by Association of American Medical Colleges.  By Emily Rappleye -

Wake Forest Baptist completes purchase of 300-physician group

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center completed its acquisition of Cornerstone Health Care, a physician-owned, 275-plus-provider, multispecialty practice based in High Point, N.C.  By Emily Rappleye -

$150M deficit at UC Berkeley could shutter primary care program

Campus-wide cost cutting measures at University of California, Berkeley have many worried for the future of a unique medical school program, operated jointed with UC San Francisco, according to The Mercury News.  By Emily Rappleye -

UnitedHealthcare to publish physician ratings

The nation's largest payer is now publishing patient satisfaction scores for physicians on its website, joining 50 other payers who already do so, according to Medscape.  By Emily Rappleye -

Why hospitals should keep their friends close, and their ASCs closer

The shift toward value-based care models is changing how hospitals think about the business of surgery. By Brooke Murphy -

2 ways systems can come of age, gain efficiencies around medical staff issues

Healthcare has been rapidly consolidating, with hospitals and smaller health systems forming large systems, and already large systems combining into mega-systems, to gain operating efficiencies and leverage over payers. But obtaining value as a large system is easier said than done, according to Rick Sheff, MD, principal and CMO of The Greeley Company. By Heather Punke -

7 steps for building a clinically integrated network

An increasing number of hospitals and health system leaders are setting their sights on establishing clinically integrated networks as they develop strategies to lower the cost of care and enhance value. By Tamara Rosin -

Why Mayo Clinic is picking up the check for physicians to dine together

Although an exceptional healthcare institution, Mayo Clinic struggles with an all too familiar and uncomfortable problem: "We have an epidemic of burnout in our ranks," President and CEO John Noseworthy, MD, said at the Becker's Hospital Review 7th Annual Meeting in Chicago. By Molly Gamble -

New UCHealth, Colorado State partnership to bolster healthcare for CSU, Fort Collins

Two top universities in Colorado are strengthening their partnership around academics and healthcare.  By Emily Rappleye -

4 orthopedic surgeons quit after Kansas hospital refused to pay for on-call work

Four orthopedic surgeons terminated privileges at Salina (Kan.) Regional Health Center after it denied their request to be paid $1,800 a day for on-call services, according to a local news report from KWCH.  By Emily Rappleye -

Stanford embeds clinic in luxury apartment building

Stanford (Calif.) Health Care teamed up with private real estate firm Irvine Company to open on Monday the San Francisco Bay Area's first express care clinic in an apartment community.  By Emily Rappleye -

FDA may require physician training to prescribe opioids

Two advisory panels from the Food and Drug Administration will meet Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the agency's strategy to reduce adverse outcomes of opioid use, including review of its current policy that awards continuing education credits for prescriber training.  By Emily Rappleye -

AMA launches online education modules to guide physicians through value-based care transition

The American Medical Association Monday unveiled eight new online modules to help guide physicians as they adopt value-based payment models.  By Emily Rappleye -

Audit finds British hospitals fail to inform families of patient 'do not resuscitate' orders

The U.K.'s Royal College of Physicians found in an audit of 9,000 dying patients that one in five families were not informed of "do not resuscitate" orders, according to The Telegraph.  By Emily Rappleye -

Bring your physicians to the table – Devising a shared vision to facilitate physician engagement

Within a hospital there are many moving parts working to improve the lives of patients. Running an efficient hospital is no easy feat, and administrators cannot forgo physician engagement in the overarching goal to enhance patient care.  By Mary Rechtoris -

Lifespan partners with newly formed 170-physician group

Providence, R.I.-based Lifespan has formed a partnership with a new independent physician association, Community Physician Partners.  By Emily Rappleye -

U-M Medical School names vice dean for medical affairs

Carol Bradford, MD, has been dubbed executive vice dean for academic affairs for Ann Arbor-based U-M Medical School. By Erin Marshall -

UCF medical school seeking applicants for new emergency medicine residency program

The University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando is teaming up with Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla., to launch a new graduate medical education training program this July.  By Emily Rappleye -

Tennova Healthcare to cease prescribing opiates for long-term pain management

Tennova Healthcare, headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., will no longer prescribe opiates to patients who require long-term pain management, according to By Tamara Rosin -

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