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Should I expose my allergic child to peanuts?

New study adds evidence that very small doses of peanuts can cure the allergy.

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Illinois pediatrician fires anti-vax parents

Jean Wagner, MD, gets local media attention for her longtime policy.

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Connecticut physicians launch their own health information exchange

The state's medical society got tired of waiting for a state electronic health information exchange, so they set up their own.

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What's playing in the OR: patient song requests

Survey finds surgeons prefer rock music in the OR, but what if the patient has an opinion?

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Is binge watching TV bad for me?

Study suggests it may affect sleep.

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Is shaving my pubic hair dangerous?

Study suggests high incidence of injuries related to trimming the hair down there.

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Active shooter in the hospital: how to react?

A survey of medical professionals and members of the public finds most agree that healthcare workers have a duty to protect patients.

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Most physicians OK with single payer

Online survey finds a change since 2008, when a minority supported it.

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Coding staff: in-house or outsourced?

Having coding specialists on staff is better for clear communication, but when payment models become complex, an external vendor might be best.

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Express Scripts to limit opioid prescriptions

The AMA has raised objections to limits on first-time prescriptions for opioids.

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Independence possible for employed physicians

When signing on with a health system, negotiate up-front for the parts of independent practice you want to keep.

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Patients OK reminding clinicians to clean hands

Research finds patients and parents of hospitalized children are comfortable with the task, although physicians are less enthusiastic.

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Medicare outliers flagged for audit

CMS announces a new audit strategy that moves away from random targets.

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CMS backpedals on bundled payments

The Medicare agency said it wants to eliminate 2 mandatory bundled payment models and reduce the number of providers required to participate in a third such model.

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