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Clinical Trials in Surgery: A New Paradigm

Clinical Trials in Surgery: A New Paradigm

Randomized clinical trials are often considered the highest level on which medical care should be based.

Artificial Kidney Technology Moves Forward

Artificial Kidney Technology Moves Forward

If ESRD patients face increasing difficulty getting a kidney transplant in coming years, they may see an artificial kidney as the next best alternative.

Expert Q&A

The Promise of the New Hyperkalemia Drugs

The Promise of the New Hyperkalemia Drugs

Renal & Urology News interviewed Matthew R. Weir, MD, director of the division of nephrology and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

In a New Light: NBI for Bladder Cancer

In a New Light: NBI for Bladder Cancer

Daniel Canter, M.D., discusses narrow-band imaging (NBI) for visualization of bladder cancer.

The Need for a Kidney Research Prize: Interview with Sharon Moe, MD

The Need for a Kidney Research Prize: Interview with Sharon Moe, MD

Dr. Moe spoke about the importance of nephrology research and how a prize competition can facilitate the process.

Renal Nutrition Update

Even High-Fat Mediterranean Diet Offers Health Benefits

Even High-Fat Mediterranean Diet Offers Health Benefits

The Mediterranean Diet may reduce patients risks of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Omega-3 Intake Linked to Lower Risk of Fatal Heart Disease

Omega-3 Intake Linked to Lower Risk of Fatal Heart Disease

Plant-based, seafood-based omega-3s associated with 10% lower risk of fatal CHD.

Food Industry Needs to Reduce Sodium, FDA Says

Food Industry Needs to Reduce Sodium, FDA Says

The FDA has developed 2- and 10-year goals to reduce sodium content in both processed and prepared foods.

Practice Management

Salary Gap Between Male and Female Faculty Physicians

Salary Gap Between Male and Female Faculty Physicians

Significant differences seen even after accounting for age, experience, specialty, and faculty rank.

CMS' Chronic Care Management Program: Is It Worth the Effort?

CMS' Chronic Care Management Program: Is It Worth the Effort?

The gross revenue of the CCM program for a physician with 1,742 patients could range from $44,000 if about one-third of the Medicare patients are eligible to as much as $178,000 if two-thirds are.

Transition to ICD-10 Going Smoothly? Not So Fast

Transition to ICD-10 Going Smoothly? Not So Fast

Providers are becoming more comfortable with the new system, so Medicare and other payers may scrutinize claims more closely.

Legal Issues in Medicine

Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia Increasing Legalized

Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia Increasing Legalized

Public support for physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia has increased in Western Europe, while plateauing in the United States.

FDA's 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Misunderstood

FDA's 'Breakthrough' Drug Designation Misunderstood

Many believe meds supported by stronger evidence than the law requires to achieve designation.

Legal Interpretation May Expose Doctors to Substantial Fines

Legal Interpretation May Expose Doctors to Substantial Fines

Case surrounds whether liability under IFPA can be based on what a practice should have known.

HIPAA Compliance

Managing Business Associates to Reduce Liability

Managing Business Associates to Reduce Liability

As business associates come under greater scrutiny, healthcare providers could become more susceptible to audits and patient lawsuits.

Sharing Data With Others? Anonymity Is Crucial

Sharing Data With Others? Anonymity Is Crucial

Practices should review the list of 18 identifiers and remove each item before sharing data.

How to Select a Security Officer for Your Physician Practice

How to Select a Security Officer for Your Physician Practice

HIPAA requires physician offices to appoint a security officer, but a physician should not hold the position.

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