Future of Health Care

An Update from the Chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is in its 105th year assisting state medical and osteopathic boards in carrying out their mission to protect the public through the proper licensing, disciplining and regulation of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Our nation’s 70 state medical and osteopathic boards play a crucial and unparalleled role in promoting quality health care and patient safety.


Physician Wellness: Understanding and Preventing Burnout

The health and well-being of physicians rely on understanding the true causes of burnout and what health systems can do to help.


Understanding the Risks and Rewards of Advanced Practice Providers

Emerging employment trends indicate that clinics, hospitals and post-acute care facilities are increasingly utilizing the services of advanced practice providers (APPs) — or nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). As the composition of the traditional medical team shifts, it’s critical to consider how this affects patient safety and facility risk management.


Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

This is an exciting time to be involved in Alzheimer’s disease research, as a great deal has been discovered about its underlying biology as the disease progresses. Clinicians and scientists are now able to detect some of the earliest features of developing Alzheimer’s — even prior to the onset of symptoms such as forgetfulness. It is hoped that this will lead to intervention with treatments that will be effective very early in the disease process.


When Is a Patient a Consumer?

The model of patient-as-consumer that took off during the past decade relies on unconstrained, rational, informed decision-making. But how often do people make health decisions freely or rationally?


University of Minnesota Physicians Heart—Adult Congenital and Cardiovascular 
Genetics Center

When the young man met with Renuka Jain, MD, Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic at University of Minnesota (UM) Physicians Heart at Fairview, he brought his sister’s autopsy records.

 


University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview: Pulmonary Hypertension

Offering multiple national and international clinical trials, University of Minnesota Physicians Heart’s Pulmonary Hypertension Program extends hope for prolonged life and enhanced quality of life to patients throughout the Midwest and beyond.


Redefining Prostate Care: Minneapolis Radiology Now Performs Prostate MRI

Leading the industry with technology, North Memorial is one of only two hospitals now offering prostate MRI due to its partnership with Minneapolis Radiology.


North Memorial Health Care: Building Connections with Revitalized Reference Laboratory Services

New leadership, organizational structure, outreach connectivity, instrumentation and automation — from the big picture to the smallest detail, North Memorial’s Reference Laboratory Services is a case study in making healthcare connections faster, easier and more rewarding.


CEO Perspective: Chad Johnson, Children’s Physician Network

I remember growing up when sandlot baseball was still very much a reality. Some days there were only a couple of kids around so we just played catch. We grew very good at throwing and catching. Other days, we just pitched the ball to ourselves and hit pop flies and ground balls to one another. We became very good at fielding pop flies and grounders. We learned how to be experts in very specific scenarios. Every once in a while, enough kids showed up, and all the pieces came together. We had enough players for a full baseball game that brought all these individual skills together. It was a thing of beauty that hummed in its efficiency.