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- Healthcare jobs up slightly in May; hospitals see decline
Healthcare job growth slowed in May compared with recent months, according to preliminary data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hospital jobs, which had shown robust growth earlier in the year, declined by 5,900 in the latest figures and nursing care facilities shed 2,700 positions.
- ACGME to release Milestones for Phase II specialties
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and Journal of Graduate Medical Education earlier this week announced plans for a 2014 supplement to the Journal that will feature Educational Milestones for all specialties in Phase II of the Next Accreditation System, including the Transitional Year. The March 2013 issue of JGME featured a supplement that included the Educational Milestones for seven Phase I specialties that transition to the Next Accreditation System on July 1 (emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, diagnostic radiology, and urology).
- Immigration Bill Lowers Hurdles for Foreign-Board Docs
Nestled in the massive immigration bill that's being debated now in Congress are a handful of provisions that could ease the process that allows foreign-born physicians to practice in underserved areas across the United States. Sections dealing with revisions to the Conrad State 30 Program for recruiting foreign-born, U.S.-trained physicians could be of particular interest to rural and urban hospitals and physician practices that have had difficulty recruiting U.S.-born physicians for their underserved patients.
- Identify and overcome common medical staff assessment challenges
From advanced practice professionals to telemedicine providers, The Medical Staff’s Guide to Overcoming Competence Assessment Challenges will walk you through every step of collecting adequate performance data to assess practitioner competence.
- The roles debate rolls on
The public may be more willing to accept wider roles for some healthcare professionals, but the debate over expanding practitioners’ scope of care rolls on, as this week’s news showed.
- Study finds more public acceptance for expanded PA, NP roles
Members of the public are open to physician assistants and nurse practitioners playing a greater role in healthcare delivery, according to a recent Health Affairs study.
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