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Patient Dies 90 Min After Live Broadcast Surgery | Medical Blog

"Was the delay in deciding to open influenced by the presence of an audience of 100 surgeons expecting to see a laparoscopic liver resection?"

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Men Get Breast Cancer Too | Medical Blog

Breast cancer is not just a “women’s disease.” It affects men as well, and we should step up and treat those afflicted with more understanding and less judgment.

Surgeon Scorecard Thoroughly Dismantled | Medical Blog

Back in July, an organization called ProPublica released its Surgeon Scorecard, which attempted to give patients a way to compare surgeon performance. While the effort was well-intended,

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CDI: A Shifting Paradigm? | Opinion Article

The incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has tripled over the past decade despite most hospitals making CDI prevention and transmission a top priority. Considering the magnitude

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Surgery: Things Left Behind | Medical Blog

"Despite checklists, protocols, and honest, earnest effort, sometimes things go wrong."

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Is there a Nursing Shortage or Not? | Medical Blog

"We predict that by 2025, there will be 'doing nurses' (DNs) at the bedside and 'charting nurses' (CNs), who will sit at nursing stations all day and document what the doing nurse is doing. "

State Medical Boards' Questionable Behavior | Medical Blog

A family physician was sanctioned by the Idaho Board of Medicine for prescribing an antibiotic over the telephone in 2012. The incident occurred while Dr. Ann DeJong

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EMR Alerts: Crying Wolf | Medical Blog

"Each of these alerts may seem like a good idea, but they are given equal weight in the EMR, so that the fatal interaction alert looks the same as the warning that ibuprofen should be given with food."

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Keeping Claims from Becoming Denials in ICD-10 | Feature

One of the most important medical billing practices to adopt is to catch potential denials before those claims ever get submitted.

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Gauging Physician Misery | Medical Blog

The rate of burnout continues among doctors, according to a survey conducted by Geneia, the healthcare technology and clinical solutions firm. The most alarming stat is their

It Ain’t What You Don’t Know… | Medical Blog

"Sometimes medics do the right thing for the wrong reasons. Sometimes trauma surgeons can get misled by what they think they know. Mark Twain is credited with saying, 'It ain’t what you don’t know that can hurt you, it’s what you know that just ain’t so.'"

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US News: 2015-2016 Best Hospitals | Medical Blog

US News & World Report released its 2015 list of the nation’s best hospitals, assessing hospitals on 16 specialty areas and placing those achieving high scores in

Can Incident Reports Backfire? | Medical Blog

"Incident reports can be subpoenaed by patients...do hospitals train people what to write and not write in incident reports? I don't think so."

Medscape’s 2015 Physician Compensation Report | Medical Blog

Nearly 20,000 physicians across 25 specialties responded to Medscape’s 2015 Compensation Survey. Check out our infographic! The top three earners this year are Orthopedics (421k), Cardiology (376k),

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High Expectations & Physician Suicide | Medical Blog

"Displays of emotion, except under tightly circumscribed control, are seen as weakness and as ‘unprofessional’. So we cover up pain and uncertainty, limit our responses to well rehearsed bromides, and box up our regrets like toxic waste to be buried or locked away never to be seen again."

Woman Refuses Episiotomy, Gets One Anyway | Medical Blog

"This case is not about malpractice. It is about the right of a patient to refuse an intervention. While the doctor stood with scissors in hand, the patient can clearly be heard saying, 'Don’t cut me.'"

Is the AMA Really the Voice of Physicians in the US? | Medical Blog

"Doctors have no organization that truly represents what we are going through and none to drive truly beneficial reform. "

The War on Doctors & Destruction of Healthcare | Medical Blog

Walking the hospital corridors, many of the comments I overhear patients and others speaking about doctors often amazes me. On this day, I took notice to the

Surgeons Who Can’t Perform Open Surgery | Medical Blog

"There may be a movement afoot to start a Fundamentals of Open Surgery course. What is going on here? Do we really need to have a separate course to teach residents open surgery? Isn't that what a 'residency' is supposed to do?"

Just Culture? Just Kidding. | Medical Blog

"This admitting fault and taking responsibility wasn’t ‘punitive’ as has been asserted by the Just Culture proponents. The concept of Forgive and Remember was a strong backbone to the process."

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