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US to Face Doctor Shortage by 2025 as Graduates Avoid Medical Careers

Association of American Medical Colleges President and CEO Darrell Kirch said that a shortage of doctors is expected in the United States in 2025.

Detroit Pediatrician Refuses to Treat Baby With Two Moms — and in Michigan, It’s Legal

The decision goes against recommendations from the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, but Michigan doesn't currently have anti-discrimination laws that can address the doctor's behavior.

University of Mississippi is AACI's Newest Member

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) Cancer Institute, in Jackson, MS, has joined the Association of American Cancer Institutes.

How should a medical society support its physicians? Like this.

Dr. Mack Harrell, president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, applauds the recent changes in the ABIM’s MOC.   This is how you support your physician members. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how.

Statement from AMGA Regarding Its Comments on the Medicare Shared Savings Program Proposed Rule

On Friday, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) drafted and submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the proposed rule on refinements to the current framework of the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Heart Disease Prevention - Which Is The Most Effective Diet Plan?

According to a study published September 3, 2014 in ‘JAMA (Journal of The American Medical Association)’, all the diet plans were equally effective after comparing diet plans like South Beach, Atkins and Weight Watchers. ResearchersShow More Summary

Statement from AMGA Regarding Imaging Restrictions in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) sent a letter to the White House yesterday asking the President to preserve the ability for its member multispecialty medical groups and integrated health systems to provide advanced imaging services to their patients.

The AMA: One medical student’s perspective

Last year, I had the opportunity to attend the American Medical Association’s interim meeting in Dallas, one of the two annual conferences held by the organization. I went to the meeting to present at a research symposium, but I stuck around for a few extra days because I was curious about the inner workings of […]

Loyola Psychiatrist Receives Profession's Highest Honor

Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist Murali Rao, MD, has achieved Distinguished Life Fellow status in the American Psychiatric Association, the highest honor the profession can bestow.

Top stories in health and medicine, January 24, 2015

From MedPage Today: Congressman to AMA: Offer SGR Solutions Not Complaints. The American Medical Association (AMA) is doing a disservice by not weighing in on how to pay for repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare. Show More Summary

Duty hours restrictions may be doing more harm than good

Do physicians in training take better care of patients or perform better on their exams when their work hours are restricted?  Two recent studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that the answer is no.  In one, patients of surgery residents showed no difference in morality or postoperative outcomes after duty hour restrictions […]

AMGA Reports 14th Straight Year of Substantial Growth in 2014

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) announced significant growth in 2014, welcoming 36 additional medical groups representing approximately 9,000 physicians into membership. The association also continued to enjoy very strong retention with 94% of members renewing.

Medical lobbyists urge Congress to prevent Medicaid cuts

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) are urging Congress to extend the current-law payment parity for primary care and immunization services under Medicaid for at least two years. Show More Summary

AAN Calls for More Research on Medical Marijuana for Brain Diseases

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is calling for more research on the use of medical marijuana for brain, spine and nervous system disorders in a new position statement released by the AAN, the world's largest association of neurologists with more than 28,000 members.

Pharmacology Course for Acute and Critical Care Nurses Offers Online Education in Safe Medication Administration

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and education partner Elsevier Clinical Solutions have launched "AACN: Acute and Critical Care Pharmacology," an online course providing case study-based education focused on safe medication administration for both acute care and critical care staff nurses.

Is there really a doctor shortage, and what can we do about it?

There is controversy about whether or not there will be a doctor shortage in the near future. I wonder why there is so much speculation. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that we will be short 90,000 physicians by 2020 and 130,000 physicians by 2025. If things stay as they are now, of course […]

Study suggests radiation treatment for breast cancer may be excessive

A new report has found that two-thirds of women who undergo lumpectomies for breast cancer might be receiving excessive radiation therapy. The research, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that...Show More Summary

How to choose a good medical school: A look behind the scenes

The competition to get into medical school is fierce.  The Association of American Medical Colleges just announced that this year, nearly 50,000 students applied for just over 20,000 positions at the nation’s 141 MD-granting schools — a record.  But medical schools do not have a monopoly on selectivity.  The average student applies to approximately 15 schools, and […]

Doctors trained in higher expenditure regions spend more, may add to rising health care costs

WASHINGTON, DC (December 9, 2014)--A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that physicians who do residency training in regions of the country with higher health care spending patterns continue to practice in a more costly manner - even when they move to a geographic area where health care spending is lower. read more

AMGA Co-Founds Alliance to Strengthen Medicare Advantage

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and a broad range of stakeholders today announced that they have formed the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) dedicated to strengthening Medicare Advantage (MA) and demonstrating the program's value to Congress, the executive branch, and Medicare beneficiaries.

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