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Clinician recommendation important for HPV vaccination

By Elizabeth Holtsclaw Even though the calendar says it’s the middle of summer, parents of school-aged children know it’s already back-to-school season. For clinicians, that means parents are scheduling kids for annual check-ups and sports physicals. Which is the perfect opportunity for cancer prevention. That’s why the American Cancer Society, working with healthcare and community

A physician’s guide to employment contracts

By Christopher Shaughnessy As hospitals and health systems continue moves toward clinical integration, more physicians are being employed by hospitals and health systems rather than practicing medicine in their own private practices. The trend toward direct hospital employment of physicians accelerated after 2012 and it appears that the trend will continue as both hospitals and physicians navigate

Home-based palliative care as an innovation in aging

By Lori Earnshaw, MD Fully conscious while on a fentanyl drip and with an endotracheal tube down his throat, the 70-something emaciated man raised his index finger to wipe tears from his tired eyes. “I just hope to make it home,” he wrote on the dry-erase board. As sick as he was, he would not

Statewide tobacco-free schools bill

By Rep. Kim Moser and Sen. Ralph Alvarado Students, educators, health advocates and business leaders are urging the legislature in 2019 to make all Kentucky school districts tobacco-free. As health professionals and lawmakers, we believe this is the sensible approach to protecting our kids from tobacco exposure. Now is also the right time to enact

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