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41% of healthcare spending attributed to 12% of Americans, study finds

Written by Ayla Ellison (Twitter | Google+)  | May 30, 2017 For the study, researchers analyzed the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. MEPS is a nationally representative sample of the noninstitutionalized U.S. adult population. The study revealed 60 percent of U.S. adults had at least one chronic condition in… Continue reading 41% of healthcare spending attributed to 12% of Americans, study finds

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Millennial physicians opting out of the Hippocratic Oath in favor of alternatives

Written by Emily Rappleye (Twitter | Google+)  | June 05, 2017  Conducted by Medscape shows the popularity of the Hippocratic Oath, an optional vow to uphold certain ethical standards, is waning in favor of alternative oaths, or no oath at all. Medscape has surveyed more than 2,600 physicians and 134 medical students since last November… Continue reading Millennial physicians opting out of the Hippocratic Oath in favor of alternatives

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Physician age affects patient mortality — unless volume is high

Written by Emily Rappleye (Twitter | Google+)  | May 17, 2017   Older physicians may increase patient mortality risk, according to a recent study published in The BMJ. The study sought to determine the effect of a physician’s age on cost, 30-day mortality and 30-day readmission rates. It was based on Medicare fee-for-service data for more… Continue reading Physician age affects patient mortality — unless volume is high