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The 'July effect': Negligible for outcomes following spine surgery
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The "July effect" — the notion that the influx of new residents and fellows at teaching hospitals in July of each year adversely affects patient care and outcomes — was examined in a very large data set of hospitalizations for patients undergoing spine surgery. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Virginia Health System found a negligible effect on periprocedural outcomes among patients treated by spine surgery. More

MD Anderson surgeons pilot app for patient updates
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MDconnectME, the Philadelphia-based maker of a mobile and Web app that lets surgical teams send quick updates to designated family members about surgery progress, has launched a pilot program with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. More

200 statistics on physician compensation
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As hospitals work to integrate their services, shrink their total cost of care, raise patient satisfaction and drop their readmissions, employing or aligning with physicians of all specialties are in hospitals' sights. Staying knowledgeable on competitive compensation trends is important for health systems to be able to attract the talent and services they need to grow and improve, while ensuring compensation is appropriate to maximize financial resources. Although a few specialties experienced big pay increases over the last year, several median base salaries saw slight declines. More

Medical societies to launch large-scale study on vein filter use
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The Society of Interventional Radiology and Society for Vascular Surgery jointly will launch PRESERVE — the first large-scale, multispecialty prospective study to evaluate the use of inferior vena cava filters and related follow-up treatment. More

Brain scans show doctors empathize with patients
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Physicians who empathize with a patient in pain and feel relief when the patient receives effective treatment show activity in brain regions associated with pain relief and reward, according to a study published in Molecular Psychiatry. More

Medical boards keep wary eye on doctors' social media posts
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A survey of board executives finds that inappropriate communication with patients is among online behavior by physicians that could lead to an investigation. When doctors go to social media websites, they may want to think twice about posting patients' photos without permission. More

Report: Age-related patterns of spine injury in ATV accidents
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Children continue to account for a disproportionate percentage of morbidity and mortality from ATV-related accidents — up 240 percent since 1997, according to a Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics report published by pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. More

Get well sooner and cheaper: 2 medical insiders pull back the curtain on the doctor-patient relationship
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Health care spending dominates U.S. political and economic debate these days, for good reason. The rising cost of medical care isn't simply a threat to our nation's fiscal health. It is also, in the minds of a growing number of doctors, a sign that our society's way of treating illness is out of whack, a dual threat to our health and pocketbooks. Two of those doctors — Joshua Kosowsky and Leana Wen — have written a compelling new book about a root cause of the problem: When doctors don't listen: How to avoid misdiagnoses and unnecessary tests. More


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