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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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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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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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Could my speech patterns be Alzheimer's?

Study finds lots of pauses, filler words, sign of cognitive decline.

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Start over with quality measures: AMGA

Too many process measures move the focus away from actual patient outcomes.

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Is letting people touch my newborn that dangerous?

Couple warns of dangers of contracting viruses.

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Should I eat less sugar while pregnant?

Study links sugar consumption during pregnancy to allergic asthma in children.

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Surgeons singled out for death rates

California has started naming the surgeons with highest risk-adjusted death rates for bypass procedure and has some calling foul.

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Are tomatoes basically edible sunscreen?

Study finds tomato powder reduces tumor size in mice, but only in males.

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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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