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  1. Desert Care Network appoints chief medical officer

    William Brien, MD, was named chief medical officer of Desert Care Network, a group of hospitals and outpatient clinics operated by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare in California. 
  2. The 5 highest-paid general surgeons in New York City

    While the average general surgeon makes $412,000 a year in the U.S., the highest-paid general surgeons in New York City earn $1,104,500, according to data from Medscape's salary reporter.
  3. 4 prior authorization updates to know

    Here are four prior authorization updates Becker's has reported on since Aug. 3:

The art of simplicity: How to streamline patient access and reduce staff burden?

Patients are demanding simpler care experiences. See how leading systems are meeting this expectation — while also reducing staff burden — here. 
  1. Top 20 states by healthcare cost

    Minnesota has the most affordable healthcare in the U.S., according to an analysis released July 31 by WalletHub, a personal finance website. 
  2. Healthcare cyberattacks on the rise

    An Aug. 15 issue of The Joint Commission's publication Sentinel Event Alert warns of a rise in healthcare-related cybersecurity attacks, with more than 51.9 million patient records exposed in 2022 alone. 
  3. The 15 largest independent physician groups 

    HealthCare Partners IPA is the largest independent physician group in the country, according to a July 26 report from Definitive Healthcare. 
  4. Physicians and drug charges: 6 cases to know

    Here are six cases with drug charges involving physicians reported by Becker's since July 7:

Managing Patient Throughput with AI: Unlocking Capacity

Managing patient throughput shouldn't still be a struggle in 2022. See how modern hospitals are cutting time to admission here.
  1. 5 states with the most, fewest nursing-job openings per capita

    New Hampshire has the most nursing-job openings per capita while Utah has the fewest, according to personal finance site WalletHub. 
  2. 10 best student loans for medical students, per Forbes

    There are a lot of considerations for students to make when thinking about going to medical school, including how they will finance their education. 
  3. Top 20 states ranked by healthcare outcomes

    Here are the top 20 states ranked by healthcare outcomes, according to WalletHub:
  4. 50 best-paying nurse jobs

    Chief nurse anesthetist is the best-paying nurse job, with an average annual salary of $211,500, according to a report on Nursing Process. 

2 tech leaders on Orlando VA Medical Center's path to innovation

Don't force patients to navigate "hospital labyrinths" alone. See how Orlando VA Medical Center aims to reduce late appointments via a major wayfinding project here.
  1. The best-paid physicians are in South Dakota — here's why

    South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Wyoming and Nebraska are the top five states for physician pay, according to an analysis published Aug. 11 by The Washington Post. 
  2. Allina physicians look to unionize

    More than 500 physicians and practitioners at Minneapolis-based Allina Health organization notified the National Labor Relations Board of their intent to unionize, the Star Tribune reported Aug. 11.
  3. Average starting salary for 14 physician specialties

    Orthopedic surgeons have the highest starting salary of any physician specialty, starting at $633,000, according to AMN Healthcare's "2023 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives" report released July 24.
  4. Highest-paying physician specialties vs. hours worked

    Here are the top 20 highest-paid specialties compared to hours worked for physicians ages 40 to 55, according to data from the The Washington Post:
  5. What specialists are in 'absolute demand'?

    Here are the top 20 specialties that are in "absolute demand," according to the "2023 Physician Incentive Review" from healthcare staffing firm AMN Healthcare.
  6. Memorial Health System names chief medical officer

    Shawn Dufford, MD, has been appointed chief medical officer of Gulfport, Miss.-based Memorial Health System.
  7. 'An abuse of leverage': How physicians feel about noncompetes

    Many physician leaders feel noncompetes, which prohibit physicians from joining a competing practice or setting up their own within a particular geographic distance from their previous practice for a certain period of time, are stifling physician autonomy. 
  8. 10 specialties with the lowest pay increases in 5 years

    The specialty with the lowest pay growth in the last five years increased by only $2,000 while the specialty with the highest pay bump increased by more than $100,000, according to Medscape's "Physician Compensation Reports" for 2023 and 2018.
  9. 10 specialties with the highest pay increases in 5 years

    Urologist pay grew by $133,000 in the last five years, whereas pay for emergency medicine specialists — the specialty with the smallest growth — increased by only $2,000, according to data from Medscape's "Physician Compensation Report" for 2023 and 2018.

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