Medical professionals split on assisted suicide; Former payroll director at Grady Memorial found guilty;

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> Members of the healthcare profession are sharply divided on physician-assisted suicide as the New Jersey legislature considers a bill on the issue, according to NJSpotlight. Article

> Donald Thomas, former payroll director of Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital, has been convicted of stealing nearly half a million dollars from the hospital, NBC 11 reports. Article

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> Despite the Affordable Care Act's creation of accountable care organizations and its push toward value-based medicine, some of the nation's highest-paid doctors still work largely under a fee-for-service model, according to an article from U.S. News & World Report. Article

> Should the amount of time a patient spends exercising be a vital sign? Thanks to efforts of Exercise is Medicine, a program overseen by the American College of Sports Medicine, a growing number of clinicians seem to think so, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Article

> Policy efforts to address the risks of opioid prescribing should focus on office-based settings, as patients receive significantly more painkiller prescriptions for noncancer pain in ambulatory settings than in hospital emergency departments, according to an analysis of medical expenditures reported by Internal Medicine News. Article

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