It had to start somewhere. NorthShore University Health in the Northern Chicago Suburbs is adding a voluntary genetic testing as part of the annual physical. Before a patient's annual exam they will get a family history questionnaire and a query regarding a genetic test. The answers go into the EMR and it is determined which tests may be right for you. The hospital says the patient will be billed for the test and that general screening with genetic tests is inappropriate.
Gee, could it be that the USPSTF got it wrong? Another article has shown that PSA screening, if used properly, will save lives. Screened men's cancers were detected earlier than no screened and more frequent screening advanced detection even more. This is the latest from the Annals of Internal Medicine. Top
Summa Health is trying to get rid of its serious doo doo. They angered the medical staff and public by changing their emergency room physicians and then stonewalled when the group was found wanting. They lost their emergency room residency and began to bleed money. Now they are trying to rectify the matter by bringing in a ED chair from the same medical group to see if they can get their image back.
Is it worth it?? At the University of Massachusetts $700 million was spend to bring EPIC to the hospital. Granted EMR has some wonderful things but really, $700 million.
Kaiser Bay Area has decided to become part of the solution to opiate addiction. They have trained almost all their physicians in prescribing and checking patients for opiate use and abuse. About 75% of the patients on long term opiates have signed contracts with the organization.
Pioneer Community Hospital in Stuart, Virginia, is closing. Many hospitals close for financial reasons but this one is closing due to not only financial reasons but because its last physician resigned. Top
In a recent study by the U Wisconsin and the AMA they found that 6 hours of a 11 hour workday is made up of computer work. Finally the AMA, the group that does not represent America's physicians any longer, is interested. Top
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