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Former USC medical dean in drug scandal

The Los Angeles Times found evidence that the dean, a big fundraiser for the school, used drugs and consorted with addicts and criminals.

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Demand for primary care physicians is increasing their pay

But compensation survey finds the usual suspects -- orthopedic surgeons -- on top of the heap.

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New standardized form eases patient record requests

AHIMA creates a standardized form for consumers to request medical records that is meant to be compliant and consistent.

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Time to understand ACI

The Advancing Care Information program is the new name for health information technology reporting under Medicare.

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Offer patients a nuanced view of the future

The traditional percentage chance of survival fails to allow for uncertainties or patient goals, so try scenario planning instead.

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Industry payments affect patient perception

Physicians who took higher payments from drug and device makers seen as less honest by patients, researchers find.

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Records requests still a headache

Patients seeking copies of their medical records continue to face a complicated, time-consuming process, federal agency finds.

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Number of physicians up 12%

Despite overall increase, many parts of the country continue to face shortages.

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Love/hate relationship with PM software

Practices had many positive things to say about their practice management systems, but might still be looking elsewhere.

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Is fitness all in my head?

Research shows mindset may affect one’s health.

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Crystal ball hazy, but some trends clear

Physician payment may be split between fee-for-service and value-based for a long time, making it hard to plan; but some trends are predictable.

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Time to take the keys away...from yourself?

It can be hard for older physicians to know when it's time to scale back practice.

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AMGA survey: compensation trending fairly flat

The latest data show an overall increase of 2.9% for all specialties in 2016, with a few gaining more.

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ACA repeal close to failure

Republicans can't get enough votes to pass a repeal-and-replace bill, nor to repeal Obamacare without a replacement.

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