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Tort reform is the missing piece in the health care debate
Written by Ardena L. Flippin, MD, MBA   

It’s difficult to complete a puzzle when pieces are missing. A recent AMA webcast indicated that a significant piece missing in the health reform puzzle was tort reform, and one of the acknowledged factors in the “rising cost of health care in the US is caused by … unlimited malpractice rewards….” (1) Yvonne Mart Fox, Practice Management Consultant, 2009.

H. R. 3200 is designed “(To) provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending…”, but how can this happen if physicians continue to practice “defensive medicine”, the response to the lack of caps on medical malpractice awards?

The iPhone leads in the healthcare niche
Written by Naoum Issa, MD, PhD   

Smartphone use in the healthcare setting is changing quickly - both in terms of the technology and its adoption by healthcare providers. While a variety of companies provide medical software for the PDA, the burgeoning class of smartphones have opened a new market for portable software solutions.

Chris Thorman at now reports on a survey of smartphone use by healthcare providers. The results of the smartphone survey are pretty clear: among anyone associated with a hospital - with the notable exception of hospital administrators - the iPhone is the smartphone of choice.


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Medical Careers

The US medical jobs market has stayed hot for health care providers. Whether you believe that a provider shortage is in the offing or that the ratio of physicians-to-patients is too high, physician jobs and nursing jobs abound.

A wide variety of medical jobs can be found in the netdoc health care job listings. Particular strengths include permanent and locum tenens physician jobs, nursing jobs across the US, and radiology positions.

Other resources include physician salary information, medical career guidance, and the ability to post physician jobs.


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