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Resources to Help You Get Out (and Protect) the Vote

The Presidential election is almost upon us. Here are the resources you need to help you vote (early) and get out the vote.
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Managing Cultures During Physician Practice Merger

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Culture is the most common reason why practice mergers fail. However, there are steps you can take to end up with a supportive culture.
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Does the US Have a Physician Shortage or a Physician Training Shortage?

The number of medical school graduates greatly exceeds the number of 1st-year residency positions. There's a serious physician training shortage in the US.
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New Long-Term Care Benefits Added to Medicare Advantage Plans

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Medicare's coverage of long-term care is limited, but new benefits added to some Medicare Advantage plans will help more seniors to continue to live at home
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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