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FDA may decrease adverse effects warnings in drug ads

Consumers may be ignoring those warnings anyway.

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NPs filling gaps left by physician shortage

Can physicians and nurse practitioners work together in peace and harmony?

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Do physician-owned hospitals raise or lower costs?

Would additional competition be welcome, or would it be terrible?

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Nearly all medical residents reside in urban areas

This despite efforts to increase the number of trainees in rural areas.

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Nap costs internist $3500

A New Jersey physician fails to wake up to see a patient, who dies.

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MBA offers physicians business savvy

The degree doesn't have to lead to an administrative job or startup; business skills also can help physicians run their practices better.

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Oklahoma DO charged with murder for opioid deaths

Prosecutors say osteopath prescribed huge numbers of painkillers and blame her for 5 patient deaths.

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Your MA can help with coding

Physicians hate documenting diagnoses for ICD-10; can the medical assistant bridge the gap?

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Should I get my genome sequenced?

Study finds healthy patients and their physicians can handle the truth.

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Female physicians called "Dr." less often

Researchers found men introduced female physicians at grand rounds by their first names, rather than by their professional title.

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Avoiding the pill mill rap

There are some clear signs prosecutors look for in going after physician who overprescribe opioids.

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Ultrasound claims cost Alabama physician $1.4 million

Rehab physician and neurology practice agree to pay fine for billing irregularities.

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Prompt, smiling physician holds onto patients

Factors that make patients leave a practice include an unattractive office.

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High billing codes require scrutiny

Level 4 and 5 evaluation and management codes may be justified, but electronic templates could cause upcoding that draws insurer attention.

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