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> Should surgeons use coaches to improve their skills throughout their careers, Forbes asked in a recent article. Article

> There are significant barriers for physicians wishing to re-enter practice following a temporary leave and there are not many available resources to aid in the transition, according to the American Medical Association. Announcement

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> Patients are happiest with their doctors in Oakland, California and San Francisco, and unhappiest in New York state and other California cities, according to a new study from Vanguard Communications. Article

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> Medicare incorrectly dished out $6.7 billion too much for claims for evaluation and management (E/M) services in 2010, which represents 21 percent of the $32.3 billion spent on E/M services that year, according to a new report released this week from the Office of Inspector General. Article

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> The switch to ICD-10 could have a substantial impact on pediatricians' bottom lines, according to a study that found that 26 percent of ICD-9 codes used in that specialty are convoluted in their mapping to ICD-10. Article

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