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September 30, 2019

Weekly review: How much are US doctors paid? (Hint: A lot more than the rest of the world.)

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    Doctors knew this boy had cancer. So why couldn't they prove it? (Monday, Sept. 23)
    A 16-year-old boy visited multiple doctors over the course of a year after developing pain that started in his knee, and each scan suggested he had cancer, yet no blood test could prove it. Finally, a pathologist had an idea, Lisa Sanders reports for New York Times Magazine.

    How much are US doctors paid? (Hint: A lot more than in the rest of the world.) (Tuesday, Sept. 24)
    Medscape recently released its International Physician Compensation Report 2019, which found that physician pay in the United States is far higher than in other countries investigated—with U.S. physicians earning nearly twice as much as German physicians, who were the second-highest-paid.

    Why Jim Hinton, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, says 'there isn't a hospital system of the future' (Wednesday, Sept. 25)
    In this edition of "Lessons from the C-Suite," Jim Hinton, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, talks about joining Texas' largest nonprofit health system as an "outsider," the "freedom of capitation," how he's redefined the role of provider-sponsored plans, and reflects on the BSW-Memorial Hermann merger that didn't come to pass.

    This man has seen nearly 100 doctors. No one knows what's wrong with him. (Thursday, Sept. 26)
    Bob Schwartz suffers from insomnia, large shifts of body fluids when he stands or lies down, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, muscle wasting on one side of his body, and exhaustion—and the nearly 100 doctors he's seen have no idea why, Sandra Boodman reports for the Washington Post.

    Yes, America has a nursing shortage. (But it isn't what you think.) (Friday, Sept. 27)
    As baby boomers retire and more novice nurses join the workforce, health systems are facing a new kind of nursing shortage: an experience shortage. Advisory Board experts offer three ways nursing leaders can close the experience gap before it puts clinical quality and safety at risk.

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