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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Enacted in 5 States and Proposed in 17 Others
So far, 17 states have officially proposed the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and five have already enacted the Compact into law. Only two more states need to pass the legislation to formalize the Compact agreement. In an effort to reduce physician shortages, primarily in rural areas, the Compact will speed up and streamline the licensing process for physicians to practice in multiple states.
Read more about the compact.
Top Mobile Apps for Hospitalists and Their Patients
Four physicians at the recent Hospital Medicine 2015 conference led a workshop on the best mobile apps for hospitalists to educate and communicate with patients. This list includes physician tools to gauge certain perioperative or preoperative risks, guidelines for clinicians to follow, cardiovascular risk assessments and even alerts to the latest articles from relevant medical journals. The patient apps provide tools for goal setting, medication management and pharmacy information. This workshop also including teaching and translation tools as well.
Check out the list of apps.
Almost Half of Physicians Burned Out in Their Specialty
In a previous newsletter, we asked “Do you feel burned out in your specialty?” According to the 2015 Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report, 46 percent of physicians surveyed felt they were burned out, which increased since 2013. The most burned-out physicians were from Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, HIV/Infectious Diseases, Radiology, OB/GYN, Neurology and Urology. An overwhelming number of physicians who answered our poll say they feel burned out in their specialty.
In The News
66 Percent of Physicians Feel the Affordable Care Act Should Be Repealed
A year after major implementation took place, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) still isn’t popular legislation among doctors, according to LocumTenens.com’s recent physician survey. The January 2015 survey found that 44 percent of physicians were opposed to it prior to implementation, and 58 percent are opposed to it now after a year of working within the confines of the law.
Read the press release and view the rest of the survey results.