A Nurse Is to a Patient What a Mother Is to a Child

I was on inpatient service and reviewed the patient’s chart to find out that her cancer had spread to her spine, which had incapacitated her to the point that she could not walk on her own and required assistance even for...

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A Tribute to the Pharmacist

This article originally appeared on and is written by Taison Bell, MD. Dear pharmacist, You just paged me and, I must admit, I’m not feeling excited to call back. I estimate that I probably get paged, called, texted,...

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During a recent PW Podcast episode, we spoke with David Cella, PhD, Professor at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of North- western University and presenter of results from the CheckMate-9ER Trial—which assessed...

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Docs on a Plane: Obligations in In-Flight Emergencies?

It’s your first real vacation in 2 years and the cabin loudspeaker comes on: “Is there a doctor on board?” Now what? Ethically, if you can help, you should help, but there is no duty to an ill or injured passenger to compel your...

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Details and Legalities of Bill Forbearance

Q: I see many patients who were in car accidents. More than a few are involved in lawsuits over their injuries. I recently reluctantly told a patient with a large unpaid balance that I would have to stop seeing her and put her...

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Can You Give a Gift to a Patient?

If a patient is also a friend, you can give them a personal gift, but if you are considering general gifting, then you need to bear two laws in mind: the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) Law, which...

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PW PODCAST: CheckMate 816

During a recent PW Podcast episode, we spoke with Patrick Forde, MBBCh, Director of the Thoracic Can- cer Clinical Research Program and Associate Professor of Oncology at Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and...

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Timing of Chemotherapy for Glioblastoma May Matter

Chemotherapy for glioblastoma (GBM) may work better in the morning, according to a study published in Neuro-Oncology Advances. Researchers assessed whether timing of maintenance temozolomide (TMZ) administration affects GBM...

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