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  1. UPMC names president of physicians group

    Oscar Marroquin, MD, has been named senior vice president of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, president of the UPMC physician services division, and president of University of Pittsburgh Physicians.
  2. How much money does it take for physicians to be in the top 1% in every state?

    Connecticut has the highest wealth entry threshold for physicians, with earnings needing $952,902 a year in income to be considered part of the "top 1 percent," according to a July 18 report from CNBC. 
  3. 'Gastroenterology has it all': Why this physician chose GI as his specialty

    Becker's recently connected with Andrew Boxer, MD, a physician with Woodland Park-based Gastroenterology Associates of New Jersey, to learn why he chose this speciality and hear his perspective on what makes New Jersey a great place to practice.

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. EyeCare Partners names physician leader as executive medical officer

    Daniel Miller, MD, PhD, has been appointed executive medical officer of EyeCare Partners.
  2. American Physician Partners to close

    Emergency medicine management company American Physician Partners is closing and planning to transition its hospital contracts, according to a July 17 report from Bloomberg. 
  3. 5 new Connecticut laws physicians should monitor

    Here are five new laws on the horizon for Connecticut that could affect physicians, according to a July 18 article from law firm Day Pitney:
  4. Optum Health taps physician CEO

    Optum Health, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group's Optum, has named Amar Desai, MD, CEO.

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  1. California lawsuit challenges who can be called 'doctor'

    Three California nurses with doctorates of nursing practice sued the California attorney general, leaders of the Medical Board of California and the California Board of Registered Nursing, stating that they should have the right to call themselves "doctor," according to a July 18 Washington Post article.
  2. Police officers warn physicians to be prepared among growing patient attacks

    Violence against healthcare workers, including threats and attacks, has worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a July 18 report from the American Medical Association. 
  3. States ranked by health system performance

    Massachusetts ranked No. 1 among the states and the District of Columbia in terms of health system performance, according to data from the Commonwealth Fund.
  4. 5 medical associations react to CMS' proposed pay cuts

    Here are five medical associations' reactions to the proposed CMS rule changes to the physician fee schedule for 2024, which would constitute a 3.34 percent decrease from the conversion factor in 2023:

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. 4 steps hospitals can take to push their physician burnout efforts forward: AMA

    While most hospitals recognize physician burnout is a serious problem, many are still in the early stages of addressing it. Here are four steps hospitals can take to push their programs addressing physician burnout further along, according to a July 18 report from the American Medical Association:
  2. CMS' proposed pay cuts could have 'detrimental effects on physicians'

    Physicians nationwide have expressed concern over CMS' suggested 3.34 percent conversion factor decrease from its proposed Medicare physician fee schedule for 2024.
  3. Less than half of physicians 'very satisfied' with their specialty, poll shows

    Only about 47 percent of physicians are "very satisfied" with their current medical specialty, according to a Medscape poll of 949 practitioners. 
  4. ER doctors, advanced practitioners unionize at Ascension St. John Hospital

    A group of emergency physicians at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit — along with physician assistants, nurse practitioners and lead advanced practice clinicians — have voted to join the Greater Detroit Association of Emergency Physicians, according to the National Labor Relations Board.
  5. Meritus Health adds chief surgical officer

    Adrian Park, MD, has been named chief surgical officer of Hagerstown, Md.-based Meritus Health.
  6. What are physicians taking tax breaks on?

    Here are the tax breaks physicians use most often, according to the Medscape 2023 "Physician and Taxes Report":
  7. Best, worst states to work in

    CNBC recently released two sets of reports ranking the best and worst states to work in.
  8. CMS pitches physician payment rule for 2024: 5 things to know

    CMS released its annual proposed changes to the physician fee schedule for 2024 on July 13. 
  9. 11 practice data breaches from the 1st half of the year

    Here are 11 major practice data breaches from the first half of 2023: 

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