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Should pregnant women employed in healthcare settings be forced to get the flu shot?

This flu season has been particularly brutal, starting earlier and affecting more Americans than usual, with some states even reporting deaths due to influenza already. A pregnant nurse in Pennsylvania made national headlines recently when she was fired for refusing a mandatory flu vaccination. The CDC urges all healthcare providers and staff to get the flu shot each season, and the hospital at which this nurse was employed requires employees to abide by the CDC's advice. Though the CDC says the flu shot actually protects pregnant women and their babies who are more susceptible to the flu, the nurse has a history of miscarriages and worried the shot could trigger another one.


A Costly Defense: Physicians Sound Off on the High Price of Defensive Medicine in the U.S.

Between October 2009 and May 2010, Jackson Healthcare led a series of surveys with thousands of physicians from all specialties across the U.S. The purpose of this study was to quantify and qualify the economic and noneconomic impacts of defensive medicine.

Learn more about Jackson Healthcare's findings


Physician Career Information and Resource Center has put together a comprehensive physician career resource center that provides you with the latest industry news, information and surveys. Whether you are looking for a detailed salary report or current news articles pertaining to your specialty, you will find them here. Our physician career center is divided into separate sections that focus on each of our core specialties.

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Accountable Care is Coming. Are You Going to be Ready?

The Advisory Board Company, the country's preeminent healthcare research firm, predicts that we will see a shift to an accountable care model of healthcare delivery regardless of whatever happens with the healthcare reform law. But what exactly will the accountable care model look like? How and when will it be implemented? What are the risks and potential upsides? Get answers here…

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The History of Locum Tenens

Therus Kolff, MD, MPH (founder of Comprehensive Healthcare Systems, Inc., now CompHealth) and Alan Kronhaus, MD (founder of Kron Medical) are often called the pioneers of the locum tenens industry…

Women Physicians and Income Gaps

While the total number of physicians in the US roughly doubled over the past quarter-century, the total number of female physicians grew by 372%-from 54,284 in 1980 to 256,257 in 2006. Despite the growing numbers of women in medicine, female physicians have consistently lagged behind their male counterparts in salary and income levels.

The 411 on Working Locum Tenens

So you're thinking about taking a locum tenens opportunity, and undoubtedly you've got some questions. Below are some answers to commonly asked questions by locum tenens providers:

Physicians Report Growing Dissatisfaction with "Business" of Medicine

In a decade when it seems the news media report a physician shortage in another U.S. community or medical specialty weekly, physicians report increasing frustration with practicing medicine in today's healthcare marketplace.

Six Percent of Physician Compensation Comes from Medical Orders

A newly-released survey conducted by Jackson Healthcare, reports that only 6.2 percent of physician compensation comes directly from prescriptions, lab tests, diagnostic imaging, hospital admissions and facility/surgery fees. This finding counters the notion held by some that the practice of defensive medicine, the ordering of unnecessary tests and procedures, is lucrative for doctors.

Physician Compensation 8 Percent of Healthcare Costs

Jackson Healthcare reports that approximately eight percent of total U.S. healthcare spending is attributable to physician compensation. According to data from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the American Medical Association (AMA), physician compensation totals between $186 and $216 billion, roughly 7.5 percent to 8.6 percent of total U.S. healthcare costs, reported at $2.5 trillion by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


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