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- Sweet simplicity?
Imagine: At some point in the future, MD and DO residency information will come from a single source. Medical license information for multiple states will be accessible through an interstate compact. Nurse practitioners throughout the country will practice to the full extent of their scope of training. As this week’s news shows, changes are occurring that could bring these scenarios to reality, although none of this will happen overnight.
- More med school grads receive osteopathic training
"The boom in osteopathy is striking. In 1980, there were just 14 schools across the country and 4,940 students. Now there are 30 schools, including state universities in New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, and Michigan, offering instruction at 40 locations to more than 23,000 students. Today, osteopathic schools turn out about [22%] of the nation's medical school graduates," The New York Times reported earlier this week.
- Viewpoint: Interstate medical licensure could ’catalyze’ changes
If the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) proposed interstate medical licensure compact were approved by state legislators and incorporated into the laws of most states, it could catalyze many substantial changes in medical practice, wrote Robert Steinbrook, MD, in an online Viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
- IOM report calls for GME overhaul
Since the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965, the public has provided tens of billions of dollars to fund graduate medical education (GME), the period of residency and fellowship provided to physicians after they receive a medical degree. Although the scale of government support for physician training far exceeds that for any other profession, there is a striking absence of transparency and accountability in the GME financing system for producing the types of physicians that the nation needs, according to a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
- Credentialing in hospital-owned clinics
Recently my local clinic announced it had joined the “family” of practices owned by a large area healthcare organization. This is a trend nationwide, as more clinics are purchased by hospitals. It begs some questions: How do these acquisitions affect MSPs? If your organization has acquired an independent clinic, how do you credential those physicians and other practitioners?
- Bogus physician faces charges in Pennsylvania
A Pennsylvania woman was recently accused of identity theft and other charges after reportedly conducting physical examinations, including collecting urine samples, while using a Philadelphia psychiatrist’s medical license to pose as a physician. Joann Elizabeth Wingate, 56, allegedly advertised at a central Pennsylvania truck stop, offering physical exams for $65.
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