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  • Florida Bill Outlaws Asking Patients About Guns (Bill Passed and will be signed by gov)

    05/09/2011 11:07:18 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 33 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | May 9, 2011 | Emily P. Walker
    The Florida state legislature has passed a bill that would make it illegal for pediatricians and other physicians to ask patients or their parents whether they have guns in their home. Pediatricians often ask the question at initial well-child visits as a platform to discuss how to safely store guns in the home in order to prevent accidental shootings. But under the law -- expected to be signed soon by Florida's governor -- doctors would face a $500 fine for inquiring about gun ownership and recording it in a patient's medical record. That fine would increase if a physician asked...
  • UM doctors get protection from lawsuits

    05/04/2011 9:12:41 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | May 04, 2011 | Patricia Mazzei
    In a long-sought move, the University of Miami won a legislative victory on Wednesday when Florida lawmakers agreed to extend state lawsuit protection to university doctors working in public hospitals. Gov. Rick Scott will likely sign the bill into law. Scott is also expected to sign another lawsuit-limitation bill that passed Wednesday that changes the way people can sue automobile makers. The vote to give “sovereign immunity” to UM has been years in the making. The state protects government hospital employees, residents and interns — including those at Miami’s Jackson Health System — from major medical malpractice judgments. But UM...
  • Why does Obama have 2 different birth doctors? Buffalo News, Snopes, Hawaii disagree on attending

    05/04/2011 9:31:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    wnd ^ | 5/4/11 | Bob Unruh
    The White House release of a copy of Barack Obama's long-form Hawaian birth certificate continues to raise more questions – since the name of the president's attending physician differs from previous published reports. The name on the purported birth certificate lists Dr. David Sinclair as the obstetrician who delivered Obama in 1961. But reports by the Buffalo News and supposedly confirmed by the hoaxbusting website Snopes.com indicate the name of Obama's birth physician was Dr. Rodney T. West. Here is an image of what the White House claims is Obama's official, long-form birth certificate, with Sinclair's name listed as the...
  • Wanted: Fewer science nerds, more 'culturally competent' doctors

    04/29/2011 7:31:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | April 28, 2011 | Madison Park
    The test that all medical school applicants take could place greater emphasis on behavioral and social sciences, adding a new component and lengthening the test to seven hours, if proposed changes are accepted. Members of the committee that proposed the changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) say that this could help better identify applicants who have a greater understanding of behavioral and social factors that contribute to health problems. “We want to broaden the knowledge base that students have about those factors that influence health,” said committee chair Dr. Steven Gabbe, who is also CEO of the Ohio...
  • Pediatricians say gun privacy bill would muzzle them(FL)(Barf Alert)

    04/23/2011 8:26:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 72 replies
    palmbeachpost.com ^ | 22 April, 2011 | Stacey Singer
    The first funeral Dr. Louis St. Petery attended as a young doctor was for a 2-year-old. His tiny patient's 5-year-old sibling had discovered a loaded handgun in dad's bedside table, aimed it at the toddler and pulled the trigger. "That made quite an impression," said St. Petery, a pediatric cardiologist. It's standard practice now for pediatricians to ask safety questions of parents: Is there a pool in the home? Do you have car seats and use seat belts? Do you have a gun in the house, and if so, is it locked up, with ammunition stored and locked separately? The...
  • Doctors Support Virginia Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare

    04/07/2011 9:53:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    personalliberty.com ^ | 6/6/11 | Personal Liberty News Desk
    The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has joined the fight against Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. On April 4, the AAPS filed an amicus brief in support of the Commonwealth of Virginia's case against the Affordable Care Act, asking the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to declare the individual health insurance mandate unConstitutional. In addition, the claim states that the mandate is not severable from the rest of the ACA. Officials from the AAPS argue that the individual mandate in Obamacare violates the Commerce Clause, Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which limits...
  • Doctors to Go on 2-Day Strike

    04/03/2011 12:47:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 4/3/11 | Maayana Miskin
    The Israeli Medical Association has announced the beginning of a doctors' strike on Tuesday. The strike, a warning measure, will last for two days, and will include the roughly 20,000 doctors working in the public system. The IMA had attempted to negotiate with the Finance Ministry for better pay and conditions, but talks broke down over the weekend. Most clinics belonging to the Leumit and Clalit health systems will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, select clinics will remain open in case of emergency. A list will be published later in the week. Dr. Leonid Eidelman of the IMA...
  • WOLF: Organized medical fraud in Wisconsin

    02/25/2011 6:24:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2011 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    “Primum nil nocere.” First, do no harm. This bedrock principle in medicine is a foreign language to most politicians and, sadly, to some Wisconsin doctors, who have violated their oath and the public trust as they have defrauded Wisconsin taxpayers. Several University of Wisconsin family physicians donned their sacred white coats and were caught distributing fraudulent “sick notes” free for the asking quite literally by the boxful - I wonder who paid for that printing - to teachers and others who skipped work to engage in political protest at the state Capitol in Madison. Whatever the merits of the teachers’...
  • Doctors in Wisconsin engaging in deception (from an M.D.)

    02/25/2011 2:23:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Buffalo News ^ | 2/24/11 | Ferdinand D. Yates Jr.
    Doctors in Wisconsin engaging in deceptionUpdated: February 24, 2011, 6:43 AM Protesters in Wisconsin have apparently developed quite a bit of stress due to their recent protesting against the governor’s proposed legislation against collective bargaining. Many of these union workers, teachers as well as other nongovernmental employees, have seemingly also taken time off from work to engage in the protesting. And now, doctors have rallied to the cause. Doctors from several area hospitals have manned a booth with the explicit intent to provide a physician’s excuse that explains the employee’s work absence. A physician from the University of Wisconsin School...
  • Wisconsin licensing board reviewing doctors’ notes from protestors

    02/23/2011 3:31:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Call it karma, just desserts, or schadenfreude. The cost to taxpayers of doctors’ notes excusing Wisconsin teachers from work so that they don’t get fired for illegally walking out on classes has been estimated at $6 million. Watching Big Government crack down on Big Labor? Priceless: Staff at the state Department of Regulation and Licensing have begun to review roughly 300 e-mail complaints about doctors issuing excuse notes for protesters at the state Capitol over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.Complaints that name a specific doctor and the alleged violations of rules covered by their licenses will be forwarded to the...
  • The Scrubbing has Begun...

    02/23/2011 1:55:48 PM PST · by chessplayer · 41 replies
    Today the state of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, announced that it would begin "looking into accusations that a number of local doctors provided the notes for protesters who missed work during the week...the department will review complaints with the independent Medical Examining Board as soon as possible." This of course comes one day after a spokesman for University of Wisconsin Health said that it too was looking into the matter. While this peddles slowly along, some of profiles are being scrubbed clean. The profiles of Hannah Keevil and Valerie Gilchrist remain, while Kathy Oriel, James Shropshire, Lou Sannon,...
  • Wisconsin Doctors Probed for Fake Sick Notes

    02/22/2011 11:04:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/22/11 | Jeanne Rose
    Wisconsin Doctors Probed for Fake Sick NotesJeanne Rose – 2 hrs 14 mins ago The debate over the Wisconsin budget has been going on for over a week now, and it does not seem to be letting up anytime soon. Just when you thought things were bad with the protests, which led to the closing of many schools, there is another twist to the case. Fox News reports that the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has launched an investigation into whether some of their doctors issued fake sick notes to protesters. The demonstrations are against the...
  • Wisconsin's Real Doctors and Their Fake Sick Notes for Protesters ("The videos are pretty damning")

    02/21/2011 8:28:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 76 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/21/11 | Ford Vox
    Wisconsin's Real Doctors and Their Fake Sick Notes for ProtestersBy Ford Vox Feb 21 2011, 7:50 AM ET **SNIP** But last week some of these weary warriors carried their patient advocacy too far. In videos breathlessly presented throughout the conservative mediasphere this weekend [scroll down to see], doctor after doctor is videotaped writing patently fraudulent sick notes so that the protesting teachers (whose contracts specify that missing work without an excuse can result in dismissal) can keep marching on against the state's union-busting Republican government. After viewing the videos at my request last night, Dr. Arthur Derse called me up...
  • Just Think Of Those Bogus ‘Sick’ Notes As Another Health Care Waiver For Unions

    02/20/2011 12:45:34 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 12 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/20/2011 | Ed Carson
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  • Wisconsin Doctors Tell Teachers: Call in Sick to Continue Protests (the notes are VALID!)

    02/19/2011 8:49:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 87 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/19/11 | DEAN SCHABNER, KEVIN DOLAK, CHRIS BURY and OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN
    Wisconsin Doctors Tell Teachers: Call in Sick to Continue ProtestsWisconsin Tea Party Activists Weigh In on State Worker Protests, Explore Measures to Recall Missing Democratic Senators By DEAN SCHABNER, KEVIN DOLAK, CHRIS BURY and OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN Feb. 19, 2011 Some Wisconsin doctors threw their support behind teachers protesting the Republican governor's efforts to strip unions of their bargaining powers, saying they would write sick notes for teachers to skip work to demonstrate. The union protesters have been picketing the state capitol in Madison for five days, angered by Gov. Scott Walker's proposed bill, which has the backing of the Republican...
  • Dr Hannah Keevil

    02/19/2011 3:49:20 PM PST · by crz · 93 replies
    When one digs long enough...
  • Empire debuts pay for performance for docs

    02/18/2011 6:58:17 AM PST · by JustSurrounded · 6 replies
    Long Island Business News ^ | February 17, 2011 | Claude Solnik
    The biggest insurer in New York is debuting a pay for performance program to reward doctors who comply with certain best practices, but won’t penalize those who fall short. Empire BlueCross BlueShield plans to use claim data to better monitor whether physicians are complying with widely accepted medical best practices. Doctors who score well will receive better reimbursements. “The measurements are taking place,” said Dr. Scott Breidbart, chief medical officer for Empire, which serves about 5 million members. “We are rolling out this year in New York.” Other BlueCross BlueShield plans already have debuted similar programs, including Anthem, in Connecticut....
  • How would legislation like this be greeted in Olympia?(WA)

    02/02/2011 4:25:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 January, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Evergreen State gun owners who have been alarmed about questionnaires in doctors’ offices that inquire about guns in the home might want to check what’s going on in Florida’s Legislature right now, and wonder how the same matter might be handled in Olympia. I have seen such questionnaires here in Washington State, and even written about one case down in the Vancouver area. The argument against such questionnaires is pretty straightforward: Unless a physician is also a certified firearms instructor, he/she has no business asking about guns in the home or offering advice on home firearms safety, gun storage or...
  • Why Doctors Will Support ObamaCare Repeal

    01/19/2011 3:58:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2011 | Hadley Heath
    This week the Republican members of the House of Representatives plan to vote to repeal the new health care law known as “ObamaCare.” Democrats are quickly dismissing the effort. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged to block the bill and Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) tarred it as nothing more than “an obvious attempt to throw red meat to extreme Tea Partiers in the Republican base." Democrats may wish that only a fringe of hard line, anti-government types supported repealing ObamaCare, but the truth is very different. Support for ObamaCare's repeal is broad, and includes one group too often overlooked during...
  • Survey: US Doctors Fear Healthcare Reform

    01/19/2011 10:24:26 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    cnbc ^ | 1/19/11 | reuters
    Nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors surveyed fear healthcare reform could worsen care for patients, by flooding their offices and hurting income, according to a Thomson Reuters survey released Tuesday. The survey of more than 2,900 doctors found many predict the legislation will force them to work harder for less money. "When asked about the quality of healthcare in the U.S. over the next five years, 65 percent of the doctors believed it would deteriorate with only 18 percent predicting it would improve," Thomson Reuters, parent company of Reuters, said in a statement.
  • Physicians Say Healthcare Reform Bad for Patients and Worse for Doctors, Finds New Thomson Reuters

    01/18/2011 6:36:45 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Marketwire ^ | Jan. 18, 2011 | Thompson Reuters
    Nearly 3000 Doctors Surveyed Believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Will Hurt Care Quality and Doctor Pay When asked about the quality of healthcare in the U.S. over the next five years, 65 percent of the doctors believed it would deteriorate with only 18 percent predicting it would improve. "It is clear that many physicians feel strongly that the proposed future state is counter to what they believe is the best way to serve patients," said Raymond Fabius, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Thomson Reuters
  • ‘Don’t Ask’ gun bill introduced promising showdown between NRA and Florida Medical Association

    01/16/2011 4:44:22 AM PST · by SampleMan · 166 replies
    Saint Petersblog ^ | January 11, 2011 | Peter Schorsch
    From Michael Peltier of the News Service of Florida: Doctors and other medical providers would be barred from asking patients – or the parents of child patients – if they have guns in their home under a measure that promises a major showdown between powerful lobbying groups. The National Rifle Association’s top Florida lobbyist and a Florida Medical Association member both say the issue is among the top priorities for the session, with the groups holding diametrically opposed positions on what doctors and their patients and families should be allowed to discuss during a medical visit.
  • MWHC EXECUTIVES REAP BIG REWARDS

    01/05/2011 9:26:07 AM PST · by Amerisrael · 11 replies
    [This is one reason why healthcare is so expensive. The cost of healthcare insurance is not the problem. It's the high cost of doctor's salaries and hospital services.] "The top employees at Mary Washington Healthcare earned more than $1.1 million in bonuses in 2009, their reward for a successful 2008." "More than two dozen key executives and employee physicians earned annual bonuses ranging from $2,000 to $246,278. The median bonus for the company was more than $28,000." "Fred Rankin, president and chief executive officer, received the largest bonus among managers: $151,430. Rankin continues to be the firm's highest-paid employee, with...
  • Obamacare Ends Construction of Doctor-Owned Hospitals

    01/04/2011 9:51:45 AM PST · by george76 · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 3, 2011 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    Physician Hospitals of America says that construction had to stop at 45 hospitals nationwide or they would not be able to bill Medicare for treatments." Stopping construction at doctor-owned hospitals might not seem like the best way to boost the economy or to promote greater access and choice in health care, but that exactly what Obamacare is doing. "Section 6001 of the health care law effectively bans new physician-owned hospitals (POHs) from starting up, and it keeps existing ones from expanding." American Hospital Association ... the AHA, along with Sen. [Max] Baucus (D-MT) and Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA), are responsible...
  • Obama Push to Rescind Conscience Rights Concerns Pro-Life Doctors

    12/20/2010 8:39:01 AM PST · by julieee · 5 replies · 2+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | Devember 20, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Push to Rescind Conscience Rights Concerns Pro-Life Doctors Washington, DC -- A national organization of Christian doctors is strongly concerned about the Obama administration's effort to rescind conscience protections the Bush administration put in place for medical professionals. http://LifeNews.com/nat-6945
  • Video: ObamaCare Causing 74% Of Doctors To Retire, Quit, Or Work Part-Time

    12/14/2010 7:36:49 AM PST · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 41 replies
    A new study shows that 74% of doctors plan on retiring, going to work part-time, or quitting medicine all together after ObamaCare takes effect.
  • ObamaCare: Flight of the MDs

    12/10/2010 2:31:33 AM PST · by Scanian · 29 replies · 8+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 9, 2010 | MARC K. SIEGEL
    For all the times that President Obama promised "you'll get to keep your doctor" under his health-care reforms, he apparently failed to ask any practicing doctors. A recent survey finds that countless MDs will respond to ObamaCare by limiting which patients they'll see. The Physicians Foundation asked 2,400 doctors and American Medical Association members what they thought of the new law; a full 67 percent were against it. More important, it asked how they'd cope with the new rules (which don't fully kick in until 2014). Sixty percent said they feel compelled to "close or significantly restrict their practices to...
  • Doctors produce first-ever MRI scan of baby at the moment of birth

    12/07/2010 3:36:53 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:26 PM on 7th December 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Doctors at a Berlin hospital have made a medical breakthrough after capturing live MRI images of the miracle of birth. The pictures, taken after a German mother agreed to give birth inside a magnetic-resonance imaging machine, could provide valuable new insights into the birthing process and allow future lives to be saved. Gynaecologist Ernst Beinder at Berlin's Charité Hospital said the birth proceeded normally and the machine filmed all the movements and processes that went on inside the womb.
  • Cure or Care?

    12/02/2010 9:14:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2010 | Cal Thomas
    Which do you think is less expensive, not to mention preferable: a cure for cancer, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes, or caring for people with these diseases? Wouldn't it be better medical and public policy to direct more resources toward finding a cure for diseases that cost a lot to treat than to rely on a government insurance program, such as Obamacare, which seeks mainly to help pay the bills for people after they become ill? Isn't the answer obvious? Apparently not to many politicians trapped in an old paradigm that focuses too much on hospitals, doctors and medicines and too...
  • Doctors brace for possible big Medicare pay cuts

    11/19/2010 9:37:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies · 1+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101113/ap_on_he_me/us_medicare_cuts ^ | 11/19/10 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – Breast cancer surgeon Kathryn Wagner has posted a warning in her waiting room about a different sort of risk to patients' health: She'll stop taking new Medicare cases if Congress allows looming cuts in doctors' pay to go through. The scheduled cuts — the result of a failed system set up years ago to control costs — have raised alarms that real damage to Medicare could result if the lame-duck Congress winds up in a partisan standoff and fails to act by Dec. 1. That's when an initial 23 percent reduction would hit. Neither Democrats nor newly empowered...
  • Study: Malpractice laws chasing docs from Illinois

    11/12/2010 6:08:36 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 12, 2010 | MONIFA THOMAS
    Study: Malpractice laws chasing docs from Illinois November 12, 2010 BY MONIFA THOMAS Health Reporter A new study says that half of all graduating medical residents or fellows trained in Illinois are leaving the state to practice elsewhere, a trend researchers blame in part on the state's "toxic" medical malpractice environment. Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine asked 561 Illinois medical students where they intended to practice after graduation and why. Students who planned to leave Illinois, often for Wisconsin or Indiana, cited salary, opportunities to work in their specialty and proximity to family as the most important...
  • Doctors' lobby urges Congress to prevent steep Medicare cut

    11/09/2010 7:58:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/9/10 | Mike Lillis
    Blaming congressional inaction, the nation's largest doctors' lobby is urging lawmakers this month to block a steep cut scheduled to hit Medicare doctors at the start of December. The American Medical Association (AMA) is warning that a failure to prevent the cut would be "a catastrophe for seniors" because many doctors would stop seeing Medicare patients altogether. Physicians are facing a 23 percent cut on Dec. 1, and an additional 1.9 percent cut is scheduled for Jan. 1. "This is not about doctors," AMA President Cecil Wilson told reporters on a press call Monday. "It's about access to care for...
  • Dr. Drew: Obamacare Will Eventually Lead to a "Massive Flight of Physicians"

    11/05/2010 11:11:16 AM PDT · by patriotgal71 · 5 replies
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | 11/5/2010 | Stupac
    Another doctor has voiced concerns about the passage of “Obamacare,” the President’s recently passed health care reform bill. But this doctor is a bit different; he has a popular TV show. Dr. Drew Pinksy, host of “Celebrity Rehab” and the nationally syndicated radio talk show “Loveline,” visited the Adam Carolla podcast and during a segment of listener phone calls, Dr. Drew had this to say about the bill:
  • Doctors Will be Fined or Jailed if they Put Patients First

    10/30/2010 12:18:30 PM PDT · by goldendays · 85 replies
    biggovernment.com/ ^ | 10/30/2010 | Dr. Elaina George
    Obamacare Endgame: Doctors Will be Fined or Jailed if they Put Patients First by Dr. Elaina George If Obamacare is completely implemented, doctors will no longer be practicing medicine. They will instead become the drones tasked with deciding who gets the meager healthcare crumbs doled out by the bureaucrats who have the ultimate power over patient life and death. Those who are deemed to have illnesses that require treatments which are not cost effective can expect a one way ticket to a hospice. Like so many bills passed by Congress, there was a hidden provision in the Stimulus bill passed...
  • Could Medicaid up flu shots to poor kids?

    10/18/2010 8:13:33 AM PDT · by jackspyder · 3 replies
    Yahoo News/ Reuters ^ | Oct. 18, 2010 | Frederik Joelving
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new study hints that higher Medicaid reimbursement rates could help get more poor kids vaccinated against the flu. Although the vaccine itself is provided free of charge to children covered by Medicaid, doctors are only reimbursed for about half the cost of administering it, researchers say. "Family pediatricians feel they are losing money by giving shots," said Dr. Byung-Kwang Yoo, of the University of Rochester in New York, who led the new research. "Just giving vaccines free to providers is not enough, so expanding coverage might be a good idea," he added, stressing that...
  • New tactics for diversity: Creating doctors from all racial, ethnic groups

    10/14/2010 1:29:06 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 28 replies
    American Medical News ^ | Oct. 4, 2010 | Carolyne Krupa
    Nineteen-year-old Rhoda Asimeng has dreamed of becoming a physician since she was 13. She helped care for her two parents, both of whom were diagnosed with cancer when she was a junior in high school. Her father died of pancreatic cancer in 2009. Her mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which is now in remission. "My parents having cancer, and really seeing what they have had to go through, I realized that helping somebody was something I really wanted to do," said Asimeng, now a pre-med sophomore at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. "I definitely want to become a doctor....
  • Is there a doctor in the house? Obamacare will worsen the physician shortage Congress helped create

    10/13/2010 8:45:37 AM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/13/2010 | Dr. Marc Siegel
    There is a new disease spreading like a cancer in doctors' offices and hospitals throughout the U.S. I have named it Doctor Unavailability Syndrome (DUS). It is characterized by a rising shortage of doctors, both specialists and primary care, as well as the growing inability of the doctors we do have to take care of patient needs. What good is a shiny new insurance card if there is not a physician available to see you? This disease can be traced back to 1997, when Congress, anticipating a doctor surplus, included a section in its budget-balancing law that froze the number...
  • Doctors without Dollars

    10/03/2010 10:49:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    www.kevinpezzi.com ^ | Kevin Pezzi
    The February 12, 2007 issue of Time magazine included an interesting article by Scott Haig, M.D. entitled Doctors without Dollars. As Dr. Haig illustrated, the traditional practice of medicine is no longer as lucrative as it once was, so doctors are looking for other ways to make a living. Some
  • Meet me in the morning, wait upon me,Be the hand of "MY" choosing

    09/19/2010 8:39:17 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    Now is the time I can speak clearly , Now is the time I can reveal all things , It is as you sit and listen while I speak to your heart , MY words are strong in coming , MY words are fierce with Truth for they activate your life and spirit not for your glory but for mine alone ! These are the words to release to others for you know My word and My word is already in you as it is in others . Therefore it is My spirit alone that activates these words for as...
  • My Spirit IS The Fruit ! Let Me Flow ~ ~ ~

    09/16/2010 5:01:22 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 21 replies · 1+ views
    My Spirit IS The Fruit ! Let Me Flow ~ ~ ~ Do you see my children I have come to bring you my love ; In Correction , Guidance , Promises , Blessings and more but in all these things I bring , as I look down upon some I see a talent hidden or buried not bearing fruit ?! So let My spirit as your eternal gift move and flow Freely for it is The Fruit I Bear through you my children ~ ~ ~ So Do My will and do not fear the enemy for I AM...
  • American Doctors Held in Zimbabwe

    09/12/2010 12:27:20 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept 11th 2010 | Celia W. Dugger
    JOHANNESBURG — Five Americans — two doctors, two nurses and an organizer — who carried donated AIDS drugs to Zimbabwe for distribution to the poor were arrested Thursday and remained jailed in Harare on Saturday on a charge of dispensing the medicine without the supervision of a pharmacist or proper licenses, their lawyer said. The Americans, who are being held in smelly, poorly ventilated cells at Harare Central police station, were to have appeared in court on Saturday for a bail hearing, but the police said they had not finished the paperwork, said the lawyer, Jonathan Samukange. The Americans are...
  • A quarter of junior doctors drop out of NHS training as EU ruling limits time spent on wards

    09/06/2010 8:35:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/6/10 | Paul Bentley
    An EU ruling that limits the amount of time junior doctors spend on wards during the day has led to almost a quarter dropping out of NHS training after two years. And of those trainee doctors who do continue their training, more than a fifth are now turned down because they lack sufficient skills or experience. The findings come from first survey into doctors’ training since the chaotic introduction of a European directive which has put a cap on the working hours of junior doctors. Under the Working Time Directive, which was fully implemented in the NHS last August, junior...
  • In Medical School Shift, Meeting Patients on Day 1

    09/02/2010 10:10:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 2, 2010 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    ... More than a year in the making, the N.Y.U. [medical school] curriculum makes connections, professors say, between the relatively abstract science being taught in the classroom and the way it plays out in real life. It brings the progressive “hands-on” approach to education from kindergarten into higher education, said Dr. Steven B. Abramson, the medical school’s vice dean for education: instead of playing with blocks, the medical students are, with all due respect, learning to play well with patients.By advancing some of the clinical component into the first two years, the new curriculum also gives students more time in...
  • Italian minister apologises after delivery room fight

    08/31/2010 1:51:11 AM PDT · by tlb · 1 replies
    bbc ^ | 30 August 2010 | staff
    Italy's health minister has apologised to a woman for a fight between two doctors in the delivery room as she was about to give birth. Laura Salpietro, 30, had her uterus removed and her baby boy suffered heart problems and possible brain damage at birth on Thursday in Messina, Sicily. After a heated exchange of words, one of the doctors seized his colleague by the neck and shoved him into a wall, according to Mr Molonia's account to police, reports said. The other doctor reacted by punching a window, which shattered, injuring his hand, they said. Prosecutors have placed five...
  • National Doctors Tea Party in San Diego Today from Noon to 3PM PDT

    08/07/2010 10:51:45 AM PDT · by Steelers6 · 8 replies
    National DoctorsTea Party ^ | August 7, 2010 | steelers6
    FEATURING: Sharron Angle www.SharronAngle.com Roger Hedgecock www.RogerHedgecock.com Joseph Farah WorldNetDaily.com Sally Pipes The Truth About ObamaCare Jane Cunningham Sponsor of Missouri Prop. C A special musical appearance by: Ricky Lee Jackson, M.D. a.k.a."Rick the Doctor" FreedomFamilyAndFaith.com as seen on Fox News Channel recent singles: "Freedom Family and Faith" and "We're Gonna Have a Par-TEA. & conservative comedian: Eric aka the Tygrrrr Express www.TygrrrrExpress.com & author of 3 books: Ideological Bigotry, Violence, & Idiocy Why do doctors oppose ObamaCare? ObamaCare requires most Americans to buy government-approved insurance starting in 2014, or face stiff penalties. Forcing patients to buy insurance that may...
  • NHS Borders apologise to grieving family (Scotland healthcare)

    08/05/2010 7:11:33 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    bordertelegraph ^ | Aug 3, 2010 | Ally McGilvray
    Published: Tuesday, 3rd August, 2010 1:58pm NHS Borders apologise to grieving family Profile by Ally McGilvray HEALTH chiefs in the Borders have been forced to apologise to the family of a patient who later died after they failed to diagnose her condition - despite visiting hospital twice. The patient, who is known only as Mrs A, was referred to Borders General Hospital by her GP after she developed a swollen leg in December 2008. She had a history of cancer with complications caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT). However, she was seen by a junior doctor and did not receive...
  • After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks

    08/01/2010 5:18:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 6+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2010 | WALT BOGDANICH
    When Alain Reyes’s hair suddenly fell out in a freakish band circling his head, he was not the only one worried about his health. His co-workers at a shipping company avoided him, and his boss sent him home, fearing he had a contagious disease. Only later would Mr. Reyes learn what had caused him so much physical and emotional grief: he had received a radiation overdose during a test for a stroke at a hospital in Glendale, Calif. Other patients getting the procedure, called a CT brain perfusion scan, were being overdosed, too — 37 of them just up the...
  • Family and pediatrician tangle over gun question

    07/25/2010 6:20:15 PM PDT · by Suck My AR-16 · 184 replies · 30+ views
    Ocala.com ^ | Saturday, July 24, 2010 | Fred Hiers
    Family and pediatrician tangle over gun question It was a question Amber Ullman least expected Wednesday from her children's pediatrician. Do you keep a gun in the house? When the 26-year-old Summerfield woman refused to answer, the Ocala doctor finished her child's examination and told her she had 30 days to find a new pediatrician and that she wasn't welcome at Children's Health of Ocala anymore. "Whether I have a gun has nothing to do with the health of my child," said the mother of three girls. more> http://www.ocala.com/article/20100724/ARTICLES/7241001/1402/NEWS?Title=Family-and-pediatrician-tangle-over-gun-question
  • Senate Passes, Pelosi Reject `Doc Fix`

    06/20/2010 7:15:04 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 12 replies
    Coosa Valley News ^ | 06-20-2010
    The Senate passed a bill which would fund the 21% increase of physician Medicare reimbursement on Friday, but House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi rejected the bill, making it unlikely to pass. Republicans have wanted the so-called `doc fix` to be funded through cutting other spending. Friday`s bill took this approach. However, Pelosi called it a `great disappointment` and saw `no reason to pass` it. The previous `doc fix` bill ran out June 1st, but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has held off paying doctors the lower amount. On Friday, CMS ordered that the payments be made at...
  • Senate Fails To Spare Doctors From Medicare Cuts

    06/18/2010 12:55:17 PM PDT · by edpc · 110 replies · 3,644+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 18 June 2010 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON – The Senate passed legislation Friday to spare doctors a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments — but the last-ditch effort did not come in time. Moments after the Senate acted, Medicare announced it would begin processing claims it has already received for June at the lower rate. The reason: the House cannot act on the fix until next week.