According to one of the  the guidelines set forth by the AMA about professionalism in social media, "When physicians see content posted by colleagues that appears unprofessional they have a responsibility to bring that content to the attention of the individual, so that he or she can remove it and/or take other appropriate actions." With that in mind, Bryan Vartabedian, ...

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There's an underlying tension between physicians and health policy experts. Health policy experts take subtle jibes against physicians in their analyses, with many feeling American doctors are overpaid, which exacerbates health costs.  They tend to be politically progressive, and generally dismiss the issues that most doctors care deeply about.  Medical malpractice, tort reform and the cost of medical education, for ...

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According to a recent study, providing physicians with the cost of lab tests cut costs. As reported by the WSJ's Health Blog,

A new study finds that simply making physicians aware of the cost of regular blood tests cut the daily bill for the tests by as much as 27% ... At the beginning of the program, the daily cost ...

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Little has been written about the impact a malpractice lawsuit has on physicians. But physicians who've been sued have a higher rate of suicide, and emergency physician Edwin Leap wrote about how doctors are emotionally scarred from the grueling ordeal of a trial. A recent piece from American Medical News puts faces on the toll:

The key to surviving is ...

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The case of the neurologist who sued a patient for a negative online review has come to an end. Predictably, the court ruled against the physician and dismissed the lawsuit. To recap, the physician was upset by the slew of negative online reviews he received, and claimed that the patient,

defamed him and interfered with his business by making false statements ...

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It's certainly been fascinating monitoring the response to Theresa Brown's New York Times' op-ed on physician bullying. Predictably, most physicians were outraged, while the rest of the population generally supported Brown.  As alluded to in a comment, whenever you have an aggrieved party accusing another one in a national forum, controversy is what you're going to get.  The piece was ...

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Bullying is a problem within health care. Stung by a physician's rebuke, Theresa Brown, an oncology nurse, takes to the op-ed pages of the New York Times to address the issue. In it, she cites several vignettes that paint doctors poorly:

But while most doctors clearly respect their colleagues on the nursing staff, every nurse knows at least one, if ...

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A version of this op-ed was published on April 12, 2011 in USA Today. “Would you like to discuss your end-of-life plans today?” It’s a question that I ask my patients, although not as often as I would like.  Talking about death may be uncomfortable, but it’s a conversation that needs to happen more often. We can never ...

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Whenever I speak about social media to doctors across the country, I often get asked, "How do I deal with a negative online review?" Here's one way not to handle it: sue the patient writing the review. There's a well publicized case in Minnesota, where a resident posted a ...

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Medicare is thinking of using patient satisfaction scores in part to determine bonuses to hospitals. According to Kaiser Health News,

... patient gripes soon will affect how much hospitals get paid by Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is finalizing details for the new reimbursement method, required by last year’s health care law. Consumer advocates say tying ...

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