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CME/CE – Conference Highlights: SABCS 2017 | Conference Coverage

New research was presented at SABCS 2017, the 40th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, from December 5 to 9. The features here highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.

MACRA: Proceed With Confidence at the Point of Care | Conference Coverage

We’ve been living in a MACRA world for some time now, and yet most physicians still aren’t ready—or even close to ready—for this new reality. As if

Creating Efficiency in the Patient Journey | Feature

The transformation to value-based care has placed tremendous focus on delivery of care as it relates to improving patient outcomes, quality, and safety. And for good reason;

Expert-Based Opinions: A Supplement to, Not a Replacement for, Evidence-Based Content | Feature

Nationally recognized and highly regarded health systems have a variety of ways to expand the reach of their “special sauce.” For some, it’s to launch outpatient centers

Information Rx: The Missing Piece of Quality Care | Feature

The vast majority of healthcare takes place outside of a physician’s office. Consumers often care for themselves when they have acute problems, such as colds and the

The Innovation Fetish | Medical Blog

There is a joke shared by statisticians, scrap dealers, and emergency medicine professionals about drivers. Despite the distribution curves of driving skill, the daily admissions to the

Things medical personnel should not do | Feature

Here are some tips from an experienced former provider—me. Nude Pictures… Do not take nude pictures of fellow employees. A woman unit secretary in the operating room

Video – Bringing 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands From the Netherlands to Sierra Leone | Medical Blog

PW blogger Lars Brouwers, MD, discusses his trip to bring 3D printed hands and umbilical cord clamps to underserved populations throughout northwestern Africa in this exclusive video!

CDC Update: the Flu Is Everywhere – Where Does Your State Fall? | Medical Blog

What states are experiencing shortages of antiviral meds and flu vaccines? Now 49 states report widespread flu activity. In some places — including Southern California, Pennsylvania and

Calling Responsible Parties to Task for their Role in the Opioid Epidemic | Medical Blog

PW blogger and regular #PWChat Tweetchat co-host Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP, take a thorough look at the opioid epidemic, including how we got to this point and what can be done to turn things around.

Three Effective Ways to Pick Quality Improvement Targets | Medical Blog

Many quality improvement (QI) programs are less effective than they could be, because they have difficulty in selecting intervention targets that are meaningful to staff and which set achievement targets that do not seem to be arbitrary and imposed from above. This post sketches three approaches to initiating QI initiatives, and wraps them together in a way that staff may applaud.

Going off the deep end about water | Feature

The latest water craze has generated a lot of discussion. The New York Times reported that some people in California [where else?] have started drinking “raw water”

Dutch physician Lars Brouwers driving to Africa to deliver 3D printed hands | Feature

3Ders.org spoke with PW blogger Lars Brouwers back in December about his upcoming trip to bring 3D prints to underserved populations throughout northwestern Africa. Check back here soon for a recap of Dr. Brouwers's full trip!

#PWChat: Healthcare Predictions/Expectations for 2018 | Feature

Join us Wednesday, January 31 at 3:00pm ET for our live, interactive tweetchat with Linda Girgis, MD, on the biggest predictions and expectations in healthcare for 2018.

Novel biomarker SYT12 may contribute to predicting papillary thyroid cancer outcomes. | Feature

Future science OA 2017 09 224(1) FSO249 doi 10.4155/fsoa-2017-0087 Abstract Aim To investigate biomarkers for predicting papillary thyroid cancer outcomes. Materials & methods The expression of biomarkers

Ordering unnecessary laboratory tests continues to be a problem | Feature

Unnecessary testing wastes money and can lead to further testing. Why does it occur? Almost 60% of medical personnel surveyed at a large academic medical center believed

Immune-Related Adverse Events Up With Checkpoint Inhibitors | Feature

Most patients with cancer, autoimmune disease have improvement in events without discontinuing therapy

Half of Gastric Cancer Patients Diagnosed From ER Visit | Feature

Patients with diagnosis resulting from emergency department visit have higher mortality

Certain Stresses, Burnout Causing Some Women to Leave Medicine | Feature

Burnout is more common among women and increases if a woman doesn’t feel respected

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