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Why Medical Translation and Medical Interpretation Services are Key in Quality Healthcare

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All industries need translators and interpreters who are trained in different languages. Although some items, symbols, and/or actions may be universally understood, you still need to convey subtle meanings and instructions across cultures. It...
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Reflections on Death with Dignity

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Facing a painful death from incurable cancer, Brittany Maynard had to move to Oregon so she could control her destiny & die with dignity. Why do so few states allow this?
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Can You Believe in Science and Still Vote for Trump?

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Most people understand the primacy of scientific facts in ordering our personal and public life, but a more primal imperative, tribalism, often wins out.
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Reshaping Healthcare: What We Can Learn From Alaska

Southcentral Foundation in Alaska provides excellent healthcare for half the money spent on other patients in that state. What can we learn from them?
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Health Care Companies’ Critical Role in Responding to COVID-19 

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Richard Migliori MD, EVP & Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealth Group describes the health care company's multi-pronged response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Why Everyone Needs Certainty About Coverage for Cancer Care

Cancer doesn't wait while policymakers debate how best to reform US healthcare. Patients need certainty about coverage for cancer care and they need it now.
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Poor Payer Reimbursement and Practice Viability during COVID-19

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Physician practices should utilize their current time & resources to renegotiate payer reimbursement contracts to ensure viability during the age of COVID.
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Telehealth Project to Help Atrial Fibrillation Patients During COVID Crisis

A telehealth project to improve treatment for patients at highest risk for stroke has been launched by PPAHS and supported by a BMS-Pfizer Alliance Grant
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Getting a Better Handle on Your Physician Practice Management Tasks

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Physician practice management tasks can be overwhelming. Here are four steps that doctors can take to free up more time for themselves.
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Survey Shows Women in Medicine Still Face Inequities

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A recent survey finds that women in medicine face harassment, disrespect and lack of opportunity. There is an urgent need to correct these inequities.
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Coronavirus Pandemic Requires Rejecting Pharma’s Business As Usual

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URGENT ACTION REQUIRED Dozens of lawmakers have called on the Trump Administration and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, a former drug executive, to ensure any federally-funded treatment or vaccine will be affordable...
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Why We Should Stop Random Drug Testing

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Random drug testing inflicts psychological harm on people with addiction and impedes their recovery. Here are three steps we can take to stop this practice.