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Discover why portable ultrasounds are becoming more popular among specialists, learn about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new guideline for prescribing opioids, get vacation suggestions from colleagues, and more in this week’s edition of Medicus Megabytes.
- From pocket-sized gadgets to large scanners that can be transported to different locations, portable ultrasound machines are being more commonly used by providers in a variety of specialties, such as anesthesiology to emergency medicine, reports Modern Healthcare. Having the ability to use these devices at the patient’s bedside lets specialists conduct immediate, more focused diagnostic exams.
- Rachel Podnos, a fee-only financial planner with Wealth Care LLC, presents a number of compelling reasons recently graduated clinicians should enlist the services of a “personal CFO,” from better management of student loan debt to asset protection. She also offers three steps young physicians should take to find the right certified financial planner in this March 16, 2016, Medical Economics article.
- With the goal of curtailing the United States’ widespread and lethal opioid epidemic, on March 15, 2016, the CDC issued a guideline presenting recommendations for primary care providers who prescribe opioids for chronic pain outside of cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.
- If you are looking for suggestions on where to spend time off between locum tenens assignments, check out “30 Great Vacation Ideas for Doctors.” Published last month by Medscape, the slideshow features places your peers have journeyed to and recommend for adventure travel, family trips, educational getaways, and other great escapes.
- According to the U.S. Tax Code, entities can write off purchases related to their electronic health record systems and associated investments in hardware, computers, and training over three to five years. But there are exceptions to the rule. This Physicians Practice article by Aine Cryts offers timely advice from Mark Estroff, a principal at healthcare consulting firm PYA, regarding those concessions.