In reference to the seemingly “simple” name change being proposed for Physician Assistants to Physician Associates, I take great exception to the commentary offered by Dr. Zilberberg in her recent article entitled, Physician assistant name change rubs doctors the wrong way. She states: “Physicians have been only too successful at becoming the final word in health, at the exclusion of all others.” Physicians are the highest and most extensively trained group ...

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Several years ago, when my wife directed the third-year Family Medicine clinical clerkship at a highly ranked medical school, she developed a popular workshop on the cost of health care that presented students with scenarios of patients who were either uninsured or underinsured and challenged them to provide cost-conscious health care by selecting medications and tests that were clinically appropriate and financially affordable. Many students remarked that it was the only ...

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An interview with Elizabeth Chase, MD, obstetrician-gynecologist in Dover, New Hampshire Elizabeth Chase, better known as Betsy, is a close and enduring college friend of my son, Spencer. She is a solid, pragmatic, hard working obstetrician-gynecologist, with two sons, and an architect husband, who spends his time caring for their children and their house in Dover, New Hampshire. She represents many of changes that occur when women become full-time physicians. The ...

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A guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. Physicians filing claims in $350M UnitedHealth Settlement can get help from new AMA guide by J. James Rohack, MD In mid-April, the first of 18 million people around the country began receiving legal notices containing details of a record-breaking settlement reached last January in a historic court challenge ...

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Much like many other news items, I came upon the one about the proposed name change for Physician Assistants quite by accident: it came to me as an e-mail notification of a new topic being discussed on one of the physician only discussion boards that I am a part of. Apparently, after 40+ years of the profession's existence, there is a grassroots effort afoot to upgrade the name, and presumably ...

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by Joyce Frieden In one of those “important but little noticed” announcements that government officials are prone to put out, the Department of Health and Human Services recently let the world know – via the Federal Register -- that it has created an Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight to assist with implementation of the newly passed health insurance reform law. This new office has four divisions. Here are a ...

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My friend, the Buckeye Surgeon, has resisted reforms in medical residency training programs, that have eased some of the inhumane exhaustion on young interns and residents. I have a different view on the subject. This issue generates spirited debate in the blogosphere and in teaching hospitals across the country. Not all medical education reforms, however, provoke controversy. I learned recently from an Ohio medical student that they are now being taught ...

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Counting calories as part of health care reform—who knew? But apparently it’s there on page 455 of the health-care reform act, according to Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition at NYU, writing in the New England Journal of Medicine. There will now be a national effort at posting calorie counts in chain restaurants. There are many ways to improve the overall health of Americans, but tackling obesity is surely one of the ...

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A major criticism leveled at the health reform law is that it doesn’t do enough to control costs. Yet experience with a similar breed of health reform in Massachusetts indicates that the cost control issue will come to the fore sooner rather than later. Recent stories have reinforced my conviction about this: Massachusetts health plans have sued the state and stopped issuing new policies to small businesses and individuals after the ...

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by Mike Himowitz When you’re advocating for a health cause, can good news be bad news? It’s entirely possible -- when science threatens fund-raising, and at the worst possible time. Consider a study of worldwide maternal death rates by a team from the University of Washington that appeared online recently in The Lancet. The group, led by Christopher Murray, of the school’s Institute for ...

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