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Nurse Practitioners & Physicians as Effective as Physicians in Early Diabetes Care (video)

Who should care for patients in the first five years of a diabetes diagnosis? New research in the American Journal of Medicine reveals that nurse practitioners, physician assistants and doctors are comparable in their management of diabetes during the first five years. You can read “Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and “Physicians Are Comparable in Managing […]

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Trends in 30-Day Readmission Rates for Medicare and Non-Medicare Patients in the Era of the Affordable Care Act

Temporal changes in the readmission rates for patient groups and conditions that were not directly under the purview of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) can help assess whether efforts to lower readmissions extended beyond targeted patients and conditions. Methods Using the Nationwide Readmissions Database (2010-2015), we assessed trends in all-cause readmission rates for 1 […]

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‘A Man Walks Into a Bar’: Riddles in the Teaching of Medicine

For some years now, one of us (AV) has enjoyed posing this riddle on teaching rounds with residents.1, 2 A man walks into a bar and makes a wager: He will keep his head submerged in a bucket of water for as long as the patrons wish. If he succeeds, the patrons must each buy him […]

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William H. Frishman, M.D.

House Calls

When I was a medical student, 50 years ago, physicians, especially pediatricians, internists, and family physicians, were still making house calls as part of their provision of care for their patients.1 The symbol of the practicing physician at that time was the “black bag,” which contained diagnostic tools like the stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, tuning fork, reflex hammer, […]

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Social Media and Physician Conflict of Interest

The use of social media by physicians has increased substantially in recent years, with some estimates reporting increases from 41.6% in 2010 to as high as 90% in 2011.1 While personal use is more common, approximately 65% of physicians interact with various social media platforms for professional reasons.1 For example, some physicians use social media to promote […]

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Dr. Joseph S. Alpert

Socrates on Quality

Following several hours of vigorous exercise on a warm afternoon in the spring of 410 bce, Socrates converses with Asculepo, a young medical student attending the Hippocrates School of Medicine in Athens. Asculepo is telling Socrates about several recent lectures at the school on the subject of quality in healthcare. Socrates: A wonderful afternoon, Asculepo, perfect weather […]

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