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Should Physicians Be Reimbursed for Conversations With Patients?
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Wendy Levinson, MD, chair of the department of medicine at the University of Toronto, says that doctors should be paid more for conversations with patients. "Complicated conversations such as breaking bad news or disclosing medical errors could be reimbursed as complex procedures," Levinson writes in the July issue of Health Affairs.[Read More]
  July 22, 2010

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