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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...

A Tribute to the Pharmacist

This article originally appeared on KevinMD.com 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,...

Our Healthcare System May Be Failing, But It Isn’t Broken

I ’ve stood in front of conferences before and made my case: Our healthcare system is per- fect. “A perfect system? Ours?” I’ll hear people murmuring, “He’s a little bit crazy.” For decades, critics of the US healthcare system...

PW PODCAST: CheckMate-9ER

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...

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...

Remote Monitoring System Reduces Chemotherapy Symptom Burden

For patients receiving chemotherapy, use of an Advanced Symptom Management System (ASyMS) for real-time remote symptom mon- itoring reduces symptom burden, according to a study published in The BMJ. Investigators conducted a...

Survival Up for Multiple Cancer Types for Teens, Young Adults

For adolescents and young adult (AYA) patients with cancer diagnosed at age 15-39, there has been improvement in 5-year relative survival for multiple cancer types, according to a study published in Cancer. Researchers examined...

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...

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...

Familial Hereditary Risk Seen for Hematologic Cancers

There is a familial risk for hematologic malignan- cies, according to a study published in Cancers. Researchers investigated familial predisposition to hematologic malignancies using data from 316,397 individual twins...

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