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AMA Creates Online Zika Virus Resource Center

The American Medical Association has created an online Zika Virus Resource Center as a clearinghouse for information from the CDC, other respected health organizations, and The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). These resources are intended to support physicians to: · Educate medical teams and inform patients about the risks and symptoms of the Zika […]

PSA Campaign Targets the 86 Million American Adults with Prediabetes

American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ad Council Join Forces to Reduce the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes, One of the Nation’s Biggest Public Health Crises Today New York, NY January 21, 2016: Losing weight and being healthier are at the top of everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. […]

Outgoing VA St. Louis director says access is better, but needs to be monitored

Outgoing director says access is better at St. Louis VA, but needs to be monitored (St. Louis Public Radio) Read or listen to interview The VA St. Louis Health Care System has cut the waiting time for appointments in recent months, but the improvement is “fragile,” says Patricia Ten Haaf, who is leaving the agency […]

Assistant Physician Implementation Delayed (Post-Dispatch)

New laws to ease doctor shortage see long delays, criticism(St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Associated Press) JEFFERSON CITY • A new Missouri law offered a first-of-its-kind solution to the physician shortage plaguing thousands of U.S. communities: Medical school graduates could start treating patients immediately, without wading through years of traditional residency programs. Following Missouri’s lead, similar measures were […]

What Physicians Can Do to Stop the Opioid Overuse Epidemic

Patrice Harris, MD, chair-elect of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, discusses the recommendations of an AMA-convened task force on opioid overuse in this AMA Wire post. The recommendations include: – Use state-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP – Discuss with patients available treatment options – Take advantage of educational opportunities Read the full […]

David H. Perlmutter, MD, named Washington University Medical School dean

David H. Perlmutter, MD, has been named executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of Washington University School of Medicine effective Dec. 1. Dr. Perlmutter is a distinguished professor and the Vira I. Heinz Endowed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also is physician-in-chief and […]

Ob-Gyn Society Recognizes Resident/Fellow Research Papers

The St. Louis Ob-Gyn Society on April 21 held its annual scientific meeting showcasing resident and fellow research papers from the area’s three ob-gyn training programs, Mercy, Saint Louis University and Washington University.  From these peer-reviewed papers, eight were chosen for presentation and the top three papers received awards. For more information, contact Ob-Gyn Society […]

MOC Effectiveness Questioned in Recent Studies

  Two recent studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association are sparking fresh controversy over the effectiveness of, and need for, the maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements mandated by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The studies in JAMA’s December 10 issue both look at MOC’s impact on the costs and quality of […]

Academic Health Centers Excluded from Marketplace Health Plan Networks (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Academic health centers such as BJC HealthCare and Saint Louis University Hospital are excluded from the provider networks in most Marketplace health plans being offered in the St. Louis area during this year’s open enrollment. Academic health centers in other cities are facing similar exclusions. An Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield spokesperson says research shows […]

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