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Prevent physician burnout, protect patients
Becker's Hospital Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is no doubt that burnout, which has symptoms such as detachment, diminishing empathy and emotional exhaustion, negatively affects physicians. Almost half of all physicians in the country are suffering from at least one symptom of burnout, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Perhaps more troubling is that the symptoms associated with burnout can also have a negative effect on patients who rely on burned-out physicians for care. More

Physician assistant home visit program to reduce hospital readmissions
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A physician assistant home care program providing house calls was initiated to decrease hospital readmission rates. Researchers evaluated the 30-day readmission rates and diagnoses before and during PAHC to identify determinants of readmission and interventions to reduce readmissions. More

New teaching hospital partnership means no cuts in beds or hours as feared
The Times-Picayune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The nonprofit corporation that runs Children's Hospital and Touro Infirmary in New Orleans will take over operations at the Interim LSU Public Hospital and the new University Medical Center when it opens in two years, according to plans unveiled by state and LSU health officials. The Louisiana Children's Medical Center will lease the interim hospital, better known as University Hospital, and eventually the new $1 billion facility, said Dr. Frank Opelka, head of the LSU hospital system. More

Doctors shun the help that could cut suicide risk
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Physicians with mental illness are at a higher risk of committing suicide than nonphysicians, says a study published online in General Hospital Psychiatry. Compounding the problem is the fact that many physicians fail to seek treatment for their illness. More

Adam Levin: How to fix the broken student loan system via ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As Washington slides ever closer to the "fiscal cliff," "financial vortex," or whatever will be the next term du jour, and our national focus finally shifts to fixing that which has heretofore been deemed "unfixable," perhaps 2013 is the year we try to fix our very broken student loan system. In the first quarter of 1999, Americans owed $90 billion on student loans. It now exceeds $1 trillion. That's not a bubble, dear friends, that's a black hole. More

Malpractice study: Surgical 'never events' occur at least 4,000 times per year
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After a cautious and rigorous analysis of national malpractice claims, Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers estimate that a surgeon in the United States leaves a foreign object such as a sponge or a towel inside a patient's body after an operation 39 times a week, performs the wrong procedure on a patient 20 times a week and operates on the wrong body site 20 times a week. More

HCA targets residents to ease doc shortage
FierceHealthcare    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With a looming physician shortage, Hospital Corporation of America is setting its sights on a new recruitment target — residents. According to the Tennessee hospital chain, recruiting new doctors is cheaper than hiring practicing physicians and also could lead to long-term employment, American Medical News reported. More


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