In Massachusetts, most physicians do not check prescription drug database; ABIM makes change to its recertification requirements;

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> Three out of four doctors and dentists enrolled in Massachusetts' mandatory prescription drug monitoring program--which is designed to help physicians flag patients who may be pill-shopping or have an addiction history--aren't actually checking the database, according to a Boston Herald report. Article

> Faced with growing physician criticism, the American Board of Internal Medicine has announced it will offer a new Maintenance of Certification option in January 2018 that will allow its participants to pass more frequent, but shorter online exams rather than sitting for an exam every 10 years. Announcement

> A new study in the journal Cancer finds that cancer patients face a physical and mental toll from the disease as they age, leaving them more at risk for developing depression and experiencing a decline in their overall physical health. Study abstract

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> Training the next generation of healthcare providers requires an understanding of how millennial values and favored approaches are transforming the industry, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Article

> As patient-centered medical care initiatives continue to take hold in the industry, better documenting patient experiences can offer needed insight for providers, a study published in Health Affairs has found. Article

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