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Requiring doctors to take part in continuing medical education doesn’t improve heart attack care
The bottom line that is probably at the heart of why research takes decades to reach clinical practice is that many physicians’ continuing education is sponsored by the drug companies. Every year there is a functional medicine symposium with some 20-odd experts in functional medicine. The cost is usually around $1000. I recently got an invite to a family practice symposium in CA with some 30+ speakers. The cost of this pharmaceutical sponsored symposium? $35 if you register early.
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Professional liability claims and Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists members: Myth versus reality
There has been much press lately about physician’s malpractice insurance rates, with pushes in some states and nationally for legislation to “curb the crisis.” Well, sometimes reality is not quite as grim and this situation is no different. So, there are a few issues here since it isn’t actually that there are more claims being paid out. Most likely, it is that malpractice insurance companies are taking docs to the cleaners and generating increased profits. The other side of the coin is that, if this group of OB/GYN could improve patient satisfaction (patients don’t sue doctors they like) then these numbers would probably drop even lower.