Blog | Thursday, December 9, 2010

QD: News Every Day--Year-long 'doc fix' likely to pass this week


UPDATE: The year-long doc fix, which cleared the Senate by unanimous consent, has been also passed by the House, and will move to the President for signature. He had already said he'll sign the legislation. But Medicare's reimbursement system was flawed the day it became law. Is a year long enough to find a solution? (Los Angeles Times, WhiteHouse.gov)

In case you missed it ...
Female doctors are increasingly going into colon and rectal surgery as a career. 31% of colon and rectal surgeons under 35 years of age were women in 2007, compared to 12% of those ages 45 to 54 and 3% of those ages 55 to 64. The specialty is attractive to women because it's growing, and colonoscopies are scheduled events that give them ample control over their day, reports the Wall Street Journal's work-life columnists. One woman's story supports this: gastroenterologist Carol Semrad, MD, who graduated from medical school in 1982. She told Northwestern University's Medill Reports, "In medical school I liked internal medicine. I thought it was mentally the most challenging and comprehensive study of disease. If you knew the pathophysiology of how disease presents, anything else like surgery, was more mechanical. I was more interested in primary-disease processes." (Wall Street Journal, Medill Reports)