The 3/21/12 Washington Post reported on a Sinai Urban Health Institute study that found that 1,700 Black women—nearly five per day—die needlessly from breast cancer because they don’t have information and access to proper care. Poverty and racial inequities, rather than genetics, cause this disparity.
American Medical News reported on 3/26/12 that more physicians are choosing to work part time or flexible schedules, according to an American Medical Group Association survey. In 2011, 22% of male physicians and 44% of female physicians worked less than full time, up from 7% of men and 29% of women in 2005.
The CMS Help Desk is now taking calls from physicians on the 2012 Medicare e-prescribing penalty. Although there is no formal appeals process for the penalty, CMS encourages physicians to contact the QualityNet Help Desk, which can be reached Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. CST, at (866) 288-8912 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.