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- Heard this week
“The drive to reduce readmissions is a noble one. But we have to be realistic too. With an ageing population, this issue is going to remain at the forefront.”- Suneel Dhand, MD, discusses reducing readmission in a blog post on KevinMD.
- Las Vegas police uncover unlicensed medical offices
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating several unlicensed medical offices found operating out of a single business complex.
- First board certification for hospitalists announced -- with caution
The American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) this month announced the new American Board of Hospital Medicine, which offers board certification exclusively for inpatient specialists for the first time ever. SHM has no affiliated ties with ABPS.
- AMA: Most physicians still own their own practice
Although there has been a shift toward hospital employment, 53% of physicians were self-employed and 60% of physicians worked in practices that were wholly owned by physicians, a 2012 survey of physicians by the American Medical Association (AMA) shows. The survey, which is cited in a recent AMA Policy Research Perspective, found that only 23% of physicians worked in practices that were at least partly owned by a hospital and another 5.6% were directly employed by a hospital.
- Legal and ethical issues arise in evidence-based staff development
In evidence-based staff development, educators must gather evidence to support ethical and legal decisions.
- Ask the expert: How can I accurately predict future physician staffing needs?
Estimating future needs of the community can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. One of the factors you need to take into consideration is your population of aging physicians.