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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.

The Dangers Of Searching For Medical Information Online

Did you know that according to a study conducted by The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), Wikipedia has wrong information on 10 of the most expensive medical conditions? Did you know that the accuracy of the results...Show More Summary

Statement from American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Regarding CMS Proposals to Improve Accountable Care Organizations

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new proposal to strengthen the Medicare Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The proposed rule reflects input from program participants, experts, consumer groups, and the stakeholder community at large.

Meridian Hospitals Receive American Heart Association Awards for Cardiac Services

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center - all part of Meridian CardioVascular Network - have received awards from the American Heart Association, a testament to the health care system's commitment to providing the best care available for heart failure patients.

December Is Now Cat Lovers' Month -- And It's About Time

More than 36 million U.S. households share their homes and hearts with more than 74 million cats. This according to the 2012 American Veterinary Medical Association’s U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographic Sourcebook. I’ve done my part. Since...Show More Summary

Dear Practitioner, You Say?

Spam mail is evolving: this afternoon I had one purportedly from the American Medical Association, although it was definitely not sent from their domain. In slightly ungrammatical English (but a cut above many other spammers), it informs me that they're sharing a document with me on Google Docs, and invite me to click a link. Show More Summary

Postal Service dog bites: Where does your city rank?

We always love a good dog-bites-man story, especially when it directly concerns federal workers. But somehow we missed the release of some key facts this year about canine attacks. The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American...Show More Summary

Meaningful use: The independent majority can stop the madness

According to the American Medical Association, there were approximately 685,000 physicians in patient care, post-residency, not employed by the federal government, in 2012. 60 percent of these physicians practiced in independent private practice, and 84 percent were working in small to medium size practices. Show More Summary

Social media strategy may increase public awareness about donor heart needs

Using social media to deliver both emotional and concise medical content as well as the need for heart transplants and organs resulted in a higher engagement with members, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014." read more

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Recognized with Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure Care

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center has received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines(r)-Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation guidelines for heart failure patients.

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