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Rick Johnson, Senior Editor

Medical malpractice cases have to be frustrating and draining experiences. Now a Florida lawyer is using the Internet to provide plaintiffs' attorneys with physician experts in India. A doctor in New Delhi can listen to the testimony of the defense's physician witness during trial or deposition and immediately offer criticisms via instant messages.
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  June 21, 2007

Editor's Picks
When is a pain doctor a drug pusher?
This New York Times story profiles a 63-year-old physician who is serving 30 years for drug trafficking, related to the pain medications he ordered. The article highlights the thin line pain specialists must walk between being too aggressive and too conservative. [Read More]
Medical radiation exposure on the rise
A new study says the per-capita dose of ionizing radiation from clinical imaging exams in the US increased almost 600 percent since 1980. Radiologists warn physicians to evaluate the risks of each scan carefully. [Read More]
Doctors say airport lets them serve those in need
Doctors, who fly to remote areas of North Carolina, oppose moving an air terminal because they say it will keep them from treating patients in need, according to the News & Observer. One state rep says the Medical Air Operations lift a burden off families who would otherwise have to drive four hours to see a specialist in Chapel Hill. [Read More]
New rules adopted for Illinois malpractice cases
This story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is a good example of how charged the debate over medical malpractice has become. Finger pointing remains, but this law requires plaintiffs and defendants to meet about settling any time a malpractice case is filed. [Read More]
Business Rx
Competition contributes to a decline in physician-generated revenue
From Physician Compensation Report: Physicians and hospitals have traditionally had symbiotic, if strained, relationships. But market forces and recent technological advances have weakened hospital-physician relations, pushing hospitals and physicians to become competitors, rather than allies, in many regions. Because services that were once performed only in hospitals can now be safely performed in ambulatory surgery centers and other outpatient settings, more physicians are drifting away from hospitals to become owners of entities that directly rival hospitals for revenue. [Read More]
Physician News
Council addresses nurse and doctor shortages
Council on Physician and Nurse Supply - June 21, 2007
Program rewards 29 North Carolina medical practices
Raleigh News & Observer - June 21, 2007
Study: Doctors should tackle patients' problem behaviors all at once - June 21, 2007
Missouri doctors to sue over midwife law
AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch - June 21, 2007
From HealthLeaders Magazine
Keep 'Em Close
HealthLeaders June 2007 The goals of the hospital and its physicians are not the same, right? Wrong. The desire for better outcomes and efficiency in healthcare is giving new life to the clinic model of integrated care. [Read More]
PhysicianLeaders Forum

Six Innovations to Increase Productivity, Cut Costs and Extend Coverage: Innovation and entrepreneurship is what separates and makes the U.S. general and healthcare economies more vibrant and innovative than economies of other developed economies. But something must be done to control and rationalize U.S. health costs, says contributor Richard L. Reece, MD. [Read More]
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