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Winners Announced for Physician of the Year Awards has announced that Dr. Darius Maggi, a retired OBGYN from Denison, Texas, and Dr. Todd Crump, an emergency medicine physician with Lexington Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina, have been selected from more than 150 nominated physicians as the company's second annual Physicians of the Year for international and domestic service, respectively.

More than 150 physicians were nominated for the annual awards program that honors physicians who donate their time to help underserved people in the United States and abroad gain access to critically-needed healthcare services. As part of the award, will donate to the West Africa Fistula Foundation on behalf of Dr. Maggi and to the Free Medical Clinic of Columbia, South Carolina on behalf of Dr. Crump.

Read more about this year's honorees and their charity medical work.

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Specialty Spotlight
Hospitalists Shouldn't Worry About Healthcare Job Loss Statistics Specialty Spotlight

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that healthcare companies decreased their employment by a total of 6,000 positions in December 2013, which was the first time in ten years the healthcare field experienced a monthly job loss. However, hospitalists are unlikely to feel the impact. The demand for hospitalist care care is high and will continue as hospitals receive more inpatient care. Dr. Anupam Jena says hospitalists must continue to prove their value through improvements in quality of care and reducing length of stay. Additionally, "there are still 30% of hospitalizations in the U.S. that are not covered by hospitals, which means there is room to grow."

Have you noticed an increase in hospitalist demand or have you noticed a decrease in hospitalist opportunities?

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Poll Results: Should Pregnant Women Employed in Healthcare Settings be Forced to Get the Flu Shot?

In our recent poll, we asked if you thought pregnant women in healthcare facilities should be forced to get the flu shot. A pregnant nurse in Pennsylvania made national headlines when she was fired for refusing a mandatory flu vaccination. An overwhelming majority (82 percent) disagreed with the hospital's ruling and did not think pregnant women should be forced to receive the shot.

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Bipartisan Deal Reached to Appeal SGR

The Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee joined their members together to release a bipartisan plan to repeal SGR. This plan creates quality metrics on which to base physician pay, but for the first five years (through 2018) it will bump the pay by 0.5 percent per year. This payment plan is designed to provide stability and assist doctors as they transition to new models of care.

Funding for the repeal has not yet been determined. Are you concerned where the budget offset will come from?

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