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New accreditation system will shift focus of resident training
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The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education is revamping how it accredits graduate medical education programs in an effort to foster innovation and alleviate administrative burdens. Starting in 2013, the Next Accreditation System will begin to shift away from a system described by many as too prescriptive and inflexible, said ACGME CEO Thomas Nasca, MD. The new system is designed to allow GME programs to better train physicians to meet the needs of today's changing health care system. More

Department of Veterans Affairs use of FedBid
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The Office of Acquisition and Logistics within the Department of Veterans Affairs has temporarily suspended use of FedBid as it reviews its policy regarding reverse auctions. This only impacts activity from the Veterans Health Administration and has resulted in cancellations of Buys within the FedBid marketplace.

While the impact of these cancellations on patient care is being determined, please document any questions relating to open, pending or awarded Buys to the following email address: Information will be provided to VHA.

Nurse practitioners fight for more independence, doctors resist
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One of the solutions consistently offered to the problems of increasing health care costs and the shortage of primary care physicians is allowing advance practice registered nurses, such as nurse practitioners, to practice independently. States considering such legislation are finding it's a hotly debated issue that often pits APRNs against physicians. More

Physician shortage challenges medical groups and increases demand for advanced practitioners
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As the era of accountable care evolves and the medical home model becomes more prevalent in organizations, the delivery of successful patient outcomes is expected to be increasingly dependent on the performance of an effective patient care team. Forming and maintaining care teams — especially in primary care — will be among the industry's most significant challenges, according to the Cejka Search and American Medical Group Association's 2011 Physician Retention Survey, which for the first time includes staffing and turnover benchmarks for both advanced practitioners and physician staffing. More

Survey: Health info specialists to see dramatic hiring increase
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Health organizations are worried that there aren't enough people with skills to handle the volume and complexity of health information as use of electronic health records grows, according to information released by leaders of the PwC U.S. Health Information Technology practice during the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. More

New York plan would stem shortage of physicians upstate
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A federal proposal would help stem a brewing crisis of a physician shortage in upstate New York. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says more than 40 percent of upstate doctors are over 55 years old and the number of physicians retiring each year is rising. He said 2,300 physicians retired or left New York hospitals in 2010 alone. More

Legislation seen helping ease hospital doctor shortage
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Hospital administrators say new legislation could go a long way to helping alleviate physician shortages plaguing Upstate hospitals, especially rural providers. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer, is a two-pronged effort that would increase residency slots at New York hospitals and help alleviate medical school loans. More

FDA and industry not waiting for Congress on drug shortages
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Pending legislation in Congress and efforts by the private sector aimed at reducing national drug shortages largely aim to improve communication among manufacturers, distributors, federal regulators, hospitals and physicians to prevent supply problems from arising in the first place. More

Could retiring doctors leave state in a bind?
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He has started two area cancer care centers, been awarded honors that only a handful of others have received, and trained at the nation's top-rated institution for cancer treatment. But Dr. Paul Schilling has hung it up at age 50 — with nary a gray hair apparent. The founding physician of the Community Cancer Center of North Florida, with one facility in Lake City and another in Gainesville, Fla., is at the forefront of an oncoming wave of physician retirements. More

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