Senate confirms new head of VA health; Most Americans put off preventive care;

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> The U.S. Senate this week voted to confirm David Shulkin, M.D., president of New Jersey's Morristown Medical Center, as the Department of Veterans Affairs' new undersecretary for health, the Associated Press reports. Article

> Due to a combination of the demands of their normal routines and the complexity of the healthcare system, 80 percent of Americans delay or go without preventive healthcare, according to a survey from ZocDoc. Announcement

> A survey found Massachusetts hospitals aren't prepared to answer consumer inquiries about healthcare prices, according to the Boston Globe. Article

Practice Management News

> Online reviews play an expanding role in how patients choose healthcare providers, a trend that makes many physicians uneasy for various reasons. Particularly troubling is how one or two negative comments about a physician or practice with a low number of reviews can easily skew results. Article

> Four major medical organizations have echoed the American Medical Association's plea for a two-year grace period that would allow physicians to transition to the new ICD-10 coding system without penalty. Article

And Finally… Lawn but not forgotten. Article