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Where Have the Internists Gone?
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Their careers began mostly during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations, and the general internists were on their way: All that hard work, all that money spent, and the promise of a lofty career ahead. And now? Probably having a nice career, but, for many, not as a general internist. [Read More]
  May 13, 2010

Editor's Picks
Increasing U.S. Medical School Spots Won't Increase Physician Supply
There are more spots in American medical schools, and more new schools starting up to feed the physician supply pipeline. But that gain is unlikely to translate into more practicing doctors because the U.S. capacity for residency programs is staying flat. That's the summary from the latest annual survey by the American Association of Medical Colleges, which suggests a bottleneck in the system will hold back medical school graduates from getting the residency training they need, says Ed Salsberg, director of AAMC Workforce Studies. [Read More]
How Quality Will Pay for Hospitals Under New Reform Measures
While most hospitals have focused on promoting quality care at their facilities to help decrease costs, quality care will take on a somewhat different meaning under the new healthcare reform law: Hospitals will feel the pressure to maintain continuous quality improvement or risk being penalized under reform incentives scheduled over the next several years, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute report titled "Health Reform: Prospering in a Post-Reform World." [Read More]
More Efforts Called For Defining Medical Loss Ratio by Locality
Some health insurers are "mounting an all-out effort to weaken" the new healthcare reform provision that establishes minimum medical loss ratios in the commercial health insurance market, according to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.[Read More]
FDA urges docs to report misleading drug ads
The Food and Drug Administration announced it will begin asking doctors to keep an eye out for misleading drug advertisements as part of the agency's latest effort to police the pharmaceutical industry's multibillion-dollar marketing efforts. The agency's "bad ad program" urges doctors to report ads and sales pitches that violate FDA rules. [Read More]
Business Rx
Exit Strategy: Tips On Selling Your Medical Practice
Whether you are seeking employment or planning to retire, here's advice on getting your practice ready for sale. [Read More]
Physician News
New Frailty Test Could Improve Surgical Outcomes, Reduce Cost Discrepancies
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - May 13, 2010
Walgreen will not sell genetic test until maker works out issues with FDA
Wall Street Journal - May 13, 2010
Medication Vending Machines Offer Patient Convenience In Rural Areas
Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media - May 11, 2010
USP Calls for Standardizing Prescription Container Labeling
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - May 11, 2010
Minnesota nurses, doctors, hospitals urge shift to Medicaid
Minneapolis Star Tribune - May 11, 2010
United Surgical Partners expands in Addison, TX
Dallas Morning News - May 12, 2010
Healthcare overhaul is up against long campaign across U.S.
Washington Post - May 12, 2010

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