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Study underscores ongoing need for HIV safety net program

A new study of insurance coverage of people with HIV concludes that a decades-old program that offers free medical care remains a critical necessity despite the availability

Decisions made in Orlando: Is there any law more misunderstood than HIPAA? | Medical Blog

On the morning of the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, a tweet by CNN stated, “The White House waived HIPAA regulations so that hospitals could talk with

Avoid Patient Abandonment: 8 Tips for Termination | Medical Blog

The law governing medical abandonment is predicated on the more dependent status of the patient in the relationship with the physician. Abandonment in the medical setting means

How the brain makes, and breaks, a habit | Feature

Not all habits are bad. Some are even necessary. It’s a good thing, for example, that we can find our way home on “autopilot” or wash our

Condolence letters when patients die: Docs say it’s a personal choice | Feature

No standard practice when it comes to sending a sympathy letter to family – should it stay that way? For doctors, it’s a personal choice whether they

Should Doctors Wear White Coats? The Debate Continues | Medical Blog

An infectious disease fellow at the Harvard Medical School is convinced that white coats are covered in bacteria and cause infections. But in a post on a

Doctor Curmudgeon®: Coming soon! Your government presents… | Medical Blog

The United States Government Healthcare Appointment line! SCENE; JUST A SHORT TIME INTO THE FUTURE OPERATOR:   RECORDED VOICE: United States Health Care appointment line. You must first find

Examining AIDS-Defining Opportunistic Infections | Feature

Research has shown that survival after the diagnosis of an AIDS-defining opportunistic infection has improved in the past 25 years. Despite this improvement, better prevention and treatment strategies for these infections are still warranted.

Conference Highlights: Hospital Medicine 2016 | Feature

New research was presented at Hospital Medicine 2016, the Society of Hospital Medicine’s annual meeting, from March 6 to 9 in San Diego. The features below highlight some of the studies and new information emerging from the conference.

Medical Malpractice: Documenting 101 | Medical Blog

"Documentation is a perfect example of the Goldilocks Rule: There can be too much or too little, but then there is the amount that is just right."

Fad Medicine: What Have Your Patients Tried? | Medical Blog

"Science is well researched, yet, it often seems patients rather take their medical advice from celebrities than the medical experts."

Doctor Curmudgeon®: Patient Entitlementiasis with Insurance | Medical Blog

"I do remember my parents having insurance and I remember them paying what the insurance did not cover. It was so simple then."

First Black Female Physician in the US honored by alma mater | Medical Blog

As the Civil War raged in 1864, Rebecca Lee marked her place in history when she became the first Black female to graduate medical school in the United

Fighting the Dr. Oz World | Medical Blog

While I would probably earn much more money selling a magic weight loss pill or a mystical cream that vanishes wrinkles, I need to be a doctor first.

FIRST Trial: Patients Not Harmed When Surgical Residents Work Flexible Hours | Medical Blog

"The issue has been hotly debated, but prior to the FIRST Trial, limited data existed about what is worse for patient care—tired residents or frequent handoffs of patient information."

Turning Our Residents into Minions | Medical Blog

As doctors, we can all remember the attending doctors who struck fear in our hearts or the senior residents who turned us into their personal scut slaves.

Dr. MedLaw’s Tips for a Great Deposition | Medical Blog

A deposition is not to find out the facts.  That is what the medical record is for. A deposition is not a battle.  That is what the

Do Video Recordings Help or Hurt Doctors? | Medical Blog

"In the end, the recording vindicated the trauma team and confirmed their version of events. All good. But what troubled me was the rapidity with which the peer review wall was breached."

Ending Futile Care: When it is Time to Say Goodbye | Medical Blog

"Doctors must become comfortable initiating these talks with patients and their family members. And foremost before everyone should be the patient’s wishes. Doctors like to give hope. But we are also expected to give honesty. "

Population Health Management: Taking Control of Your Entire Patient Community | Medical Blog

Today much of the spotlight in the healthcare community is on managing people with chronic diseases. That makes sense, since many of these individuals are among the

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