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Delaware Academy of Family Physicians
Geriatric Medicine Symposium
Thursday, Sept. 1
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Ammon Center at Christiana Hospital
Immunization Coalition of Delaware
Please click here to learn about a free, one-time workshop on raising immunization rates while streamlining your practice.
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and University of Delaware
Monday-Friday, June 20-24
The Bay Center and Cove at the Hyatt Place
Dewey Beach, DE
Look for sessions on:
- Diabetes Management 2016
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Cancer, Screening, Prevention and Care
- Women's Health
- G.I. Update
- Psychopharmacology Update
For more information, please click here or email Lynn Fishlock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WVMI & Quality Insights
Immunization in the Electronic Age Webinar
Tuesday, June 28
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Immunizing patients is a key health prevention activity for all practitioners. Besides the value of protecting our patients health, study after study has demonstrated the cost effectiveness of immunizations. Each opportunity a clinician meets with a patient is an opportunity to protect our patient from disease. But how do we deal with immunizations in our office and the growing climate of immunization in multiple venues?
Given that rural communities across the country are facing a shortage of primary care physicians, research that looks at how to get physicians into rural practice and keep them there is important.
That's why a recent article detailing how female family physicians in small towns and rural communities across the country seemingly "do it all" by managing patient care and their home/family life is timely.
Delaware's Department of Justice announced recently that it's providing funds to state law enforcement agencies to purchase approximately 450 naloxone kits.
Administration of naloxone can save the lives of people who have overdosed on heroin or other opioids.
The state has increased the availability of the drug for law enforcement and emergency medical providers over the past two years, but cost of the drug has been prohibitive.
Continuing education is taking on greater importance amid new quality measures, but it comes at a time when practices already are having to budget for pricey new electronic health record and technical upgrades called for under health reform. Getting the most bang for the buck when it comes to continuing medical education is critical.
The pressures on physicians go beyond just keeping up with the pace of knowledge expansion. New requirements to demonstrate quality of care that can be documented and quantified, observers say, further drives up demand for CME.
Practices that want to avoid having to pay False Claims Act fines ranging from $5,500 to $11,000 per claim need to pay more attention to the Medicare payments they're receiving from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, reports Medscape.
That's because of a new final regulation on Medicare overpayments to physicians and other providers that requires them to be proactive in looking for overpayments and to pay them back.
Physicians are trained to be autonomous problem solvers; enduring solitary, long hours on-call during internships and residencies. But that tendency to function independently can be a downfall when it comes to dealing well with workplace stress. Case in point: The rate of physician suicide is alarmingly high. According to an article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, more than 400 physicians committed suicide in 2015. There are initiatives that have been launched to address the increasing stress that physicians — both those in training and in mid-career — find themselves under, but seemingly little headway has been made.
When it comes to U.S. doctors' paychecks, race and gender may be factors, according to a new study.
"Black male physicians earn substantially less than white male physicians, while white and black females have comparable salaries," said senior author Dr. Anupam Jena, of Harvard Medical School in Boston. "Black and white female physicians both have lower incomes than either black or white male physicians."
As the nation grapples with a widespread and persistent provider shortage, salaries for the 20 most-sought physician specialists and advance practice nurses spiked over the past year, according to a report from physician recruiters Merritt Hawkins.
"You could say universally every single salary segment went up, and most of them did it in double-digit style, which is abnormal," says Travis Singleton, senior vice president at Merritt Hawkins.
Physician's Money Digest
Michael Paulus writes: "With many physicians transitioning into practice this time of year, I find myself educating my clients by answering the same questions on a regular basis. These questions make perfect sense as there are very few professionals who will ever have an overnight increase in their income of 3 to 10 times what they previously earning! To that same point, there just aren’t that many resources out there providing guidance on how to handle this sudden increase in compensation."
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