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Angioplasty waiver compromise

Pressured by litigation and looming legislation, DOH has agreed to resolve the impasse by offering waiver extensions to hospitals doing elective angioplasty without open heart surgery programs that do one of three things: join a national randomized trial, join an in-state registry, or agree to a supervisory and cross-training arrangement with a tertiary hospital to oversee quality.

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Restricting drug company influence

Small gifts, modest meals and drug samples from pharmaceutical reps still get physicians to prescribe the newest and often most expensive drugs, according to a recent critique that some hospitals are taking seriously.

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Physician-patient communication

Recent developments are driving a paradigm shift in medical education: training medical students, residents and practicing physicians in “best practice” communication skills, restoring the value of empathy and rapport-building between physicians and patients.

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