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Physician Exposure to Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Marketing

The American Medical Association’s 2015 recommendation to ban direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs reflected a strong consensus that this form of marketing is a significant contributor to increased drug costs. It is well documented that many patients request drugs they have seen advertised on television and that physicians often acquiesce to these requests.1, 2, 3, 4 But the […]

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equality

Research Round-Up on Equality: Elsevier Tribute to International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Elsevier Connect published an impressive list of articles on gender equality which published in Elsevier journals. Scroll down to the Labor and Economy section to find The American Journal of Medicine’s contribution. From Elsevier Connect… Gender Equality? What Research Reveals From politics and business to health […]

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Under #ACA, Medical Bankruptcy Continues

As recently as 1981, only 8 percent of families filing for bankruptcy cited medical reasons. By 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was passed, medical bankruptcy was all-to-common. A 2009 study by Himmelstein et al, published in The American Journal of Medicine, revealed that 62.1% of all bankruptcies had a medical cause. Telephone interviews identified 639 […]

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Healthcare Costs

Caveats to Consider When Calculating Healthcare Value

Concerns about the impact of healthcare costs on the economy and the exploration of new reimbursement models have colluded to encourage a transition “from volume to value” in US healthcare. “Volume” meant that healthcare providers received a payment for providing a particular service, regardless of outcomes or need; healthcare reimbursement has been volume-based for 50 […]

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AJM Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joseph S. Alpert, Dr. Richard deShazo, Gloria deShazo, and AJM Elsevier Publisher Jane Grochowski at the April 2015 Board Meeting.

AJM’s Best of 2014: The Lives of Black Physicians in the South

Professor and Dr Richard D. deShazo et al’s series of articles dealing with the history of African American medical school applicants and physicians in the Deep South during the contentious years of desegregation represent the very best articles published in The American Journal of Medicine during 2014. Dr deShazo et al courageously detail the various ways in which discriminatory practices were used […]

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Women in High-Income Medical Ed Jobs Paid Less than Men

The existence of gender-based wage gaps in many occupations continues to be a hot-button topic in social and political debates. While much attention has been focused on medium- and lower-wage positions, some studies have shown that wage disparities extend to high-wage, high-prestige positions. According to a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine, […]

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