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Healthcare of the future requires a retooling of medical education

The physicians of tomorrow must be grounded in the hard sciences, ethics and a commitment to lifelong learning while they’re in medical school, writes Elaine Schattner, M.D., a semi-retired oncologist and journalist, in Forbes.
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Medical Device Tax Suspended for Two Years

President Barak Obama signed a nearly $2 trillion spending package into law on Friday that included provisions to suspend the sales tax on medical devices through 2017. The suspension of the 2.3% tax was part of a larger spending bill that will fund the government through September 2016.

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BREAKING: Kaiser to open medical school

Kaiser Permanente will open its own independent medical school in Southern California, with its first class expected to enroll in fall 2019. The Oakland, Calif.-based not-for-profit system is planning a school that will emphasize patient care. Leaders say they want to bring Kaiser’s “21st century medicine” model to a broader audience by teaching future doctors how to provide high-quality, population-based care for patients that relies upon a team-based approach to improve outcomes while lowering costs, a method that’s proven successful for Kaiser.
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BREAKING: Health spending growth surges to highest rate since 2007

The Affordable Care Act expanded health coverage to millions of Americans in 2014. Because more people had insurance to pay for healthcare services, demand and spending predictably went up more quickly.

But the important question for the future remains the same: Will healthcare be able to avoid large spending spikes and move to a more sustainable payment system?

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