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■ Unsustainable financial losses forced the move despite the newspaper's editorial quality, the AMA's senior management says. The Association's other news operations will be enhanced.
■ Physicians are rallying for the remaining months of the legislative year to overhaul the formula and build a new payment system based more on quality.
■ Stakeholders ask federal officials to require health plans purchased on insurance exchanges to notify physician practices and hospitals when patients stop paying premiums.
■ Concerns remain, however, that plans will offer narrower physician networks and less comprehensive benefits for children.
News in brief:
■ Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity.
■ However, shift restrictions may contribute to less time for direct patient care, according to two new studies. Researchers suggest ways to increase that time.
■ How should physicians intervene when parents ask too much of their child?
■ Doctors can remake themselves into authors or use books to market their practices. But the process is tougher than it looks.
■ Medical practices get high marks, however, for communication, helpfulness and courteousness.
■ The slim increase in Medicare payments, combined with the sequester’s Medicare payment cuts, puts more pressure on hospitals to maintain margins.
■ Data breach response plans at medical practices need to have specific arrangements for children and those without a credit history.
■ American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession.
■ A message to all physicians from AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, on the era that is ending with the decision to stop publishing AMNews.
■ A study’s author says women’s skepticism about risks leads some to put off preventive medicine, while others may undergo unnecessary treatments.
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Confronting bias against obese patients
■ Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story
■ American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story
Policing medical practice employees after work
■ Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story
Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change
■ The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story
Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture
■ The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story
How to get tax breaks for your medical practice
■ Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story
Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future
■ Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story
Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk
■ When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story
American Medical News ceases publication after 55-year run
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