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Industry Voices—Banner Health exec calls for scaling efforts to end physician burnout

February 14, 2020 - Burnout among physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs) is one of the most critical issues in healthcare. [ more ]


A change that could save Medicare billions would have a major impact on physicians’ revenue

January 23, 2020 - t's an idea that could save Medicare billions of dollars a year, but it would have a major impact on physicians' revenue—cutting payments to surgeons and increasing those to primary care doctors. [ more ]


In New Milestone, the Majority of U.S. Medical Students are Now Women

December 12, 2019 - Female medical students have hit a milestone. They now comprise the majority of enrolled U.S. medical students for the first time, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). [ more ]


Physician Specialties with the Highest Salaries and the Biggest Pay Increases in 2019

December 1, 2019 - Neurosurgeons top the salary list, telemedicine is one of the fastest-growing sectors and primary care physicians are the most in-demand, according to a new study.  The research study on the 2019 labor market for doctors showed a 5% increase in job opportunities for physicians in the U.S. since 2018, according to the Doximity report. [ more ]


AMA Takes Steps to Protect Residents, Fellows Impacted by Teaching Hospital Closures

November 21, 2019 - The American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted a new policy to help ensure residents and fellows who lose their jobs due to unexpected teaching hospital closures are financially and professionally protected. [ more ]


America’s Aging Population is Leading to a Doctor Shortage Crisis

September 6, 2019 - As America's population ages and demand outpaces supply, a physician shortage is intensifying.
Projections from the Association of American Medical Colleges say the U.S. will see a shortage of 46,900 to 121,900 physicians by 2032 in primary and specialty care. [ more ]


HHS Awards $107M to Support Quality Improvement in 1,200-plus Health Centers

August 21, 2019 - Federal health centers across the country will receive nearly $107 million to support quality improvement efforts. [ more ]


Physician pay rebounds in 2018 after flat 2017

July 24, 2019 - In a return to form, physician compensation levels grew in 2018, rising on average 2% for an overall mean income of $400,686, according to the results of Modern Healthcare's 26th annual Physician Compensation Survey. [ more ]


Telehealth Use Surged in 2017

April 2, 2109: Telehealth use jumped 53% from 2016 to 2017, outpacing all other sites of care, according to a new report.  Telehealth utilization grew nearly twice as fast in urban than rural areas over that span, according to a new white paper from Fair Health, which parsed its database of 28 billion commercial insurance claims, the largest repository in the country. [ more ]


United Loses in Court on Behavioral Health Coverage Rules

March 8, 2019 - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that United Behavioral Health breached its fiduciary duty to patients by using unreasonable and overly restrictive guidelines to make coverage decisions for tens of thousands of mental health and substance abuse patients. [ more ]


For First Time, Burnout Rate Among Physicians Drops in New Survey, Now Below 45%

February 27, 2019: There's some good news when it comes to physician burnout.  After climbing for the last six years, a new survey reports the first drop—however modest—in the number of physicians who say they suffer from burnout. [ more ]


AHA Data Show Hospitals' Outpatient Revenue Nearing Inpatient

January 4, 2019 - The gap between U.S. hospitals' outpatient and inpatient revenue continued to shrink in 2017 as more patients elect to get care in cheaper outpatient settings, and some believe a flip is inevitable in the coming years. [ more ]


Healthcare spending slows for 2nd consecutive year, remains at 18% of GDP

December 11, 2018 - Healthcare spending in the United States decelerated once again in 2017 to a growth rate of 3.9%, nearly a full percentage point lower than in 2016, according to new statistics released by the federal government on Thursday. [ more ]


AMA announces $15M grant initiative to improve residency training

October 31, 2018 - The American Medical Association (AMA) announced a five-year, $15 million grant program that seeks to transform residency training to best address the workforce needs of current and future healthcare systems. [ more ]


Surprise Gift: Free Tuition for All N.Y.U. Medical Students

August 17, 2018 - The New York University School of Medicine announced on Thursday that it would cover the tuition of all its students, regardless of merit or need, citing concerns about the "overwhelming financial debt" facing graduates. [ more ]


Healthcare Revenue Higher for Practices Employing More NPs, PAs

July 24, 2018 - Primary care practices with a non-physician provider to physician ratio of 0.41 or greater earned over $100,000 more in healthcare revenue, MGMA found. Primary care practices that employ more physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other non-physician providers have greater healthcare revenue and productivity, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently reported. [ more ]


Additional Physician Resident Supervision Doesn't Improve Patient Safety

June 6, 2018 - Increasing direct supervision of physician residents doesn't lower medical errors and can make trainees less autonomous, according to a new study published Monday. [ more ]


The Costs Hospitals Can Control: 7 insights from clinical leaders on talent turnover, recruitment and retention

May 29, 2018 - High levels of employee turnover is costly in any industry, but as the demand for talented medical staff increases, issues with employee retention and recruitment can be particularly problematic for hospitals and health systems. [ more ]





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