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Physician groups speak out against Florida gun-gag rule

Physician groups across the country denounced last week's court ruling upholding a Florida law that discourages doctors from asking patients about gun ownership "when doing so would be irrelevant to patients' medical care."

Task force: Opioid prescribing standards needed

Standardized rules surrounding the amount of painkillers physicians may prescribe for specific surgeries and conditions is a critical factor in addressing the deadly epidemic of painkiller abuse, and a new task force in Massachusetts will work toward that change and more, the Boston Herald reported.

Healthcare consumers: Strong provider relationships equal quality

Despite the growing emphasis on healthcare quality in the era of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare consumers define healthcare quality in ways not defined by current industry-supported quality metrics. 

Does telemedicine help or hurt the doc-patient relationship?

As the role of telemedicine expands, not all doctors believe that the movement is good for their relationships with patients. But doctors can meet a lot of healthcare needs without an in-person visit--as long as a physician has the patient's medical history, Joseph Scherger, vice president for primary care and academic affairs at Eisenhower Medical Center in California, told Medscape

Arming docs not the answer to prevent office violence, experts say

A Philadelphia psychiatrist who returned fire on a mentally ill patient in his office last week "without a doubt saved lives," stated Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux in a press conference following the incident, as reported by the Delaware County Daily Times.

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