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August 7, 2019

Bright.md Digest: Doctors’ unions, politicians devoted to improving healthcare, rural use of telehealth, and some levity about physician burnout

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Senator Ron Wyden (D, OR) visited the Bright.md offices to discuss healthcare and how telehealth platforms like SmartExam can help the chronically ill. Senator Wyden architected the Chronic Care Act in 2018 that combines social and medical services for older Americans who cope with multiple conditions. We were delighted by Senator Wyden’s knowledge and enthusiasm about improving healthcare, and we’re excited to see what he does next!

Medicare Allows More Benefits for Chronically Ill, Aiming to Improve Care for Millions

No matter what side you are on when it comes to unions or hot-button issues like gun control and AI, it’s interesting to consider the impact a nationwide organization of physicians advocating for patients could have.

Why Doctors Should Organize

This article about low telehealth adoption by patients is both frustrating and not at all surprising. 75 percent of patients aren’t using telehealth, for a variety of reasons—and many of them are residents of rural areas that could benefit from telehealth the most. How can we encourage more patients to use the virtual care options that are available to them? We have some ideas.

75% of Patients Still Not Using Telehealth Due to Access Barriers

There’s nothing funny about physician burnout, but sometimes laughter is the best medicine.

FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Medical Burnout

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Nicole Turgeon

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