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From Marcus Welby to Gregory House
Elyas Bakhtiari, Managing Editor

If physicians could be characterized solely based on television stereotypes, the difference between today's doctors and yesterday's would be stark. Of course physicians can't all be pigeonholed based on television characters. But there may be some truth in fiction. [Read More]
  Sept. 25, 2008

Editor's Picks
A snapshot of physician frustration
Physician dissatisfaction seems to be reaching a boiling point. In a recent survey of Connecticut physicians, roughly one-third said they were either thinking of switching jobs or moving out of state. Their list of complaints featured the usual suspects: longer hours while patients wait weeks for appointments, malpractice costs, managed care restrictions, and a high cost of living. For a less quantitative example, see this outburst of frustration with the medical system published in the Cleveland Clinic Medical Journal. [Read More]
Do resident work restrictions increase handoff errors?
Handoffs from one doctor to another can open up a window for medical errors and miscommunication. This is a point that opponents of resident work hour restrictions bring up because, when residents are limited to 80 hours per week, they hand patients off more frequently. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety points to a survey of residents in which half recalled a situation in their last month-long rotation when a patient suffered from flawed handoffs. [Read More]
Eli Lilly to disclose payments to doctors
Payment disclosure has been a hot topic this year, and Congress is pushing legislation that may require drug companies to make public any payments to physicians. So Eli Lilly's decision to voluntarily release that information is probably a good preemptive move on their part. Beginning next year, the company will disclose any payments more than $500 to doctors for their roles as advisers and for speaking at educational seminars. [Read More]
Four doctors receive genius grants
Four of the 25 winners of this year's MacArthur Genius Awards—which you don't have to apply for and come with a $500,000, no-strings-attached prize—were doctors. Regina Benjamin founded a rural health clinic in Alabama and rebuilt it twice after hurricanes Katrina and Georges. Wafaa El-Sadr recruited TB patients to work as monitors and make sure other patients were taking their antibiotics. Diane Meier launched a palliative care center at Mount Sinai and has developed techniques that were implemented at other hospitals. Peter Pronovost developed a short checklist to prevent infections that is being adopted around the world. Congratulations to all four. [Read More]
Business Rx
Follow three Rs when coding consultations
Evaluation and management (E/M) codes are among the major categories of codes that are frequently examined by third-party insurance auditors. When physicians code a consultation, they should follow three 'Rs.' [Read More]
Physician News
Retail clinic users lack personal doctor
Chicago Tribune - September 25, 2008
Across Mass., wait to see doctor grows
Boston Globe - September 22, 2008
Shortage of cancer docs looms
USA Today - September 22, 2008
Suit says Medtronic gave doctors perks
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - September 25, 2008

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