Von Von Kitzinblurg

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If Congress Can't Fix SGR, Will It Still Pay To Become A Doctor?

As a medical school professor and health care CEO, I know firsthand that caring for patients is one of the most fulfilling responsibilities a person can have. But this privilege comes with tremendous personal and financial sacrifices.<p>The U.S. Senate left hundreds of thousands of U.S. physicians in …

Health Care's New Social and Structural Transformation

In 334 B.C., Alexander the Great, having triumphed in Macedonia and Greece, visited Troy en route to his Asian campaign. Although we know he visited the tomb of Achilles (whom he had admired, like no other, since reading Homer as a child) with his trusted general and friend, Hephaestion, there is …

Everywhere, hospitals are merging — but why should you care?

All across America, hospitals are merging. In 2014 alone, there were 95 mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures among U.S. hospitals, down only …

Pressure's On Senate To Pass 'Doc Fix' In Latest Blow To Fee-For-Service Medicine

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives has joined the Obama administration and private insurance companies in the march away from fee-for-service medicine in passing a repeal to Medicare’s controversial sustainable growth rate formula.<p>The legislation, which overwhelmingly passed by a …

New Research Shows We May Be Looking at Alzheimer's All Wrong

Just days after Biogen Inc. revealed promising early data from an experimental Alzheimer’s treatment, new research from the Mayo Clinic may revive a …