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First Opinion: Physicians Aren’t ‘Burning Out.’ They’re Suffering From Moral Injury

(STAT) July 26, 2018 - Physicians on the front lines of health care today are sometimes described as going to battle. It’s an apt metaphor. Physicians, like combat soldiers, often face a profound and unrecognized threat to their well-being: moral injury.

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Jeff Patton, M.D. (Posted: July 27, 2018)

quotesI found this article both fascinating and enlightening. I had not thought of "burnout" in terms of moral injury but it makes total sense. Regulators, bureaucracy and technology have gotten between patients and providers and it is literally sucking the life out of providers. We have to address these issues and a grand scale. Having practiced for 25 years I can say with confidence the experience of providers has deteriorated significantly.quotes

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Oncologists Getting 6% of Drug Price Is 'Financial Conflict'

(Medscape Medical News) Mar 7, 2018 - "No one is immune from $ temptation.... We have a system that rewards oncologists and their chemotherapy offices with more $ for giving more expensive chemo. This has to change," said Vincent Rajkumar, MD, a professor of medicine and a hematologist/oncologist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

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Jeff Patton, M.D. (Posted: March 07, 2018)

quotesThere are certainly some perverse incentives in medicine but there is a significant literature that community oncologist "who own their own infusion suites" prescribe the same medications even if the financial incentives are removed. There is also published literature, that institutions like the Mayo Clinic that are enrolled in the 340B government discount program where there financial incentives are 40-50% not 6%, prescribe more expensive therapies than their colleagues in the community. Dr. Rajkumar lives in a glass house and should check the facts before impugning others.quotes

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New Mexico Physician Chosen as AMA President-elect

(AMA) June 13, 2017 - Physicians gathered at the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) today voted for Barbara L. McAneny, M.D., an oncologist from Albuquerque, N.M., as the new president-elect of the nation’s premier physician organization. Following a year-long term as president-elect, Dr. McAneny will assume the office of AMA president in June 2018.

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Jeff Patton, M.D. (Posted: June 14, 2017)

quotesThis is great news for community oncology. Barbara will be a great champion for us and the value we bring to our patients and our community. Congratulations Barbara!quotes

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