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Dr. Mark Monahan on “Death, taxes… and prior-authorization”
RAM Vice President Mark B. Monahan, MD, shared the pain for patients and physicians alike of dealing with insurers’ burdensome “prior-authorization” rules. CLICK HERE to read the full article.  
Smart communications with your doctor can be good for your health
RAM President Harry D. Bear, M.D., PhD., offers rare insights and tips for improving patient-physician communications in this informative column that led the Sunday Commentary page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In “What the heck did the doctor say,” Dr. Bear describes a common experience after a medical appointment: confusion about what was said, especially after “a life-altering diagnosis like cancer.” CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Concussive brain injury: A primer for community physicians

by Nathan Zasler, MD

CLICK HERE to read Dr. Zasler's article in its entirety. This is a longer version of the article that appears in the Fall 2016 edition of Ramifications. Dr. Zasler is CEO and Medical Director for Concussion Care Centre of Virginia Ltd.



The Leg.Up (Legislative Update) Recent Editions

Look for The Leg.Up coming to your inbox every Wednesday evening with a summary of the latest local and national news of interest to our physician community!

 03/22/2017: When Joint Commission Visits, Do Fewer Patients Die?
03/15/2017: Back to the Future: First Year Docs Will Return to 24 Hour Shifts 
 03/08/2017: Docs Deal with Pain of MACRA & Other Typing Chores
 03/01/2017: When the Evidence Says No, but the Doctor Says Yes





Winter 2017 Ramifications: Dr. Bear’s “The burden of debt for U.S. medical school graduates

Our first edition of the year features a thought-provoking column by RAM President Dr. Harry Bear about the soaring cost of medical school and how Academy members can help future generations of doctors.

And don’t miss Dr. Isaac Wornom’s fearless forecast about what to expect in the year ahead; RAM Executive Director Jim Beckner’s musings on “this year of profound change;” a heart-wrenching look at what happens “When you have to stop a patient from Driving;” a profile of Dr. Jim Miller about his experiences as a member of the Sports Medicine Committee for FINA at the 2016 Summer Olympics; Dr. Richard Wenzel’s historical look at threats to effective antibiotics; and interviews with our amazing Honoring Choices facilitators who discuss the remarkable growth of RAM’s advance care planning initiative with Director Robin Clair Cummings.


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"Overcoming Compassion Fatigue: When practicing medicine feels more like labor than a labor of love, take steps to heal the healer."

Click here to read the full version of "Overcoming compassion fatigue: When practicing medicine feels more like labor than a labor of love, take steps to heal the healer.” Thanks to the American Academy of Family Physicians for allowing us to reprint this article.

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