Healthcare of the future requires a retooling of medical education

The physicians of tomorrow must be grounded in the hard sciences, ethics and a commitment to lifelong learning while they’re in medical school, writes Elaine Schattner, M.D., a semi-retired oncologist and journalist, in Forbes.
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Medical Device Tax Suspended for Two Years

President Barak Obama signed a nearly $2 trillion spending package into law on Friday that included provisions to suspend the sales tax on medical devices through 2017. The suspension of the 2.3% tax was part of a larger spending bill that will fund the government through September 2016.

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BREAKING: Kaiser to open medical school

Kaiser Permanente will open its own independent medical school in Southern California, with its first class expected to enroll in fall 2019. The Oakland, Calif.-based not-for-profit system is planning a school that will emphasize patient care. Leaders say they want to bring Kaiser’s “21st century medicine” model to a broader audience by teaching future doctors how to provide high-quality, population-based care for patients that relies upon a team-based approach to improve outcomes while lowering costs, a method that’s proven successful for Kaiser.
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Medical device tax repeal included in proposed $1.1T spending bill

A two-year suspension of the 2.3% medical device excise tax is included in a $1.1 trillion spending bill that is expected to receive a vote in the House this week, to the delight of industry and med tech associations.

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