Practice Management

Checklist Allows Physicians to Easily Identify Clinical Practice Guidelines

Checklist Allows Physicians to Easily Identify Clinical Practice Guidelines

A simple, easy-to-use checklist, the Guideline Trustworthiness, Relevance, and Utility Scoring Tool (G-TRUST), can identify useful clinical practice guidelines.

Price of Health Care Service Difficult to Find Online

Price of Health Care Service Difficult to Find Online

Most websites do not specify whether the price quoted was the consumer's out-of-pocket cost and there was considerable variation in the prices listed on the sites within interventions.

Replacing Physicians Who Leave Due to Burnout Is Costly

Replacing Physicians Who Leave Due to Burnout Is Costly

Physicians who are experiencing burnout are more than twice as likely to leave their organization within 2 years, and this is associated with significant economic costs.

Healthcare Professionals Fired for Refusing to Receive Flu Vaccine

Healthcare Professionals Fired for Refusing to Receive Flu Vaccine

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About 50 employees have been fired from Essentia Health, a Duluth, Minnesota-based hospital chain, for refusing to receive the flu vaccination.

Pharmaceutical, Medical Device Companies Fight Unfavorable Trial Results

Pharmaceutical, Medical Device Companies Fight Unfavorable Trial Results

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Scientists continue to be the targets of legal action from pharmaceutical, medical device, and nutraceutical companies when published studies frame these companies' products in an unfavorable light.

Attributes of High-Value Primary Care Identified

Attributes of High-Value Primary Care Identified

To identify attributes of care delivery that could possibly explain a high ranking on value, physicians experienced in primary care assessment visited 12 high-value and 4 average-value sites.

How to Treat Difficult Patients: A Step-By-Step Guide

How to Treat Difficult Patients: A Step-By-Step Guide

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Findings suggest that up to 15% of encounters with adult patients can be described as "difficult".

Clinician Job Satisfaction Linked to Improved Burnout Scores, Higher Retention Rates

Clinician Job Satisfaction Linked to Improved Burnout Scores, Higher Retention Rates

Satisfaction was correlated with less chaos, more cohesion, better communication, and closer values alignment at work; there was no correlation with higher-quality care or fewer medical errors.

Depressive Symptoms in Medical Interns Increased With Work-Family Conflicts

Depressive Symptoms in Medical Interns Increased With Work-Family Conflicts

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Depressive symptoms increase during medical internships for both men and women, but the increase is greater among women.

Clinicians Have Extra Time to Read Performance Review in CMS

Clinicians Have Extra Time to Read Performance Review in CMS

Physicians have 2 extra weeks to preview their 2016 performance information as a result of a mistake related to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Physician Compare online resource.

Proper Training for Medical Assistants Key to Success

Proper Training for Medical Assistants Key to Success

Qualified medical assistants can help primary care practices become more efficient, reduce patient wait times, and streamline patient processing, but their training may be lacking.

Sharing Passwords for Medical Records Common Among Medical Staff

Sharing Passwords for Medical Records Common Among Medical Staff

The researchers found that nearly three-quarters of respondents reported that they had obtained the password of another medical staff member.

Physician Burnout on the Rise: Is Prevention Possible?

Physician Burnout on the Rise: Is Prevention Possible?

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Despite growing awareness of physician burnout in recent years, the problem has continued to increase. Take a look at risk factors and consequences of physician burnout, and how to address the issue.

Independent Pharmacies Expanding Services Available to Patients

Independent Pharmacies Expanding Services Available to Patients

In order to partly absorb lower reimbursements for dispensing prescription medications, independent pharmacies are expanding the scope of the services to include patient care services and products.

Patients Prefer Face-to-Face Communication Without Computer Distraction

Patients Prefer Face-to-Face Communication Without Computer Distraction

Patients believe that physicians who communicate face-to-face without a computer have better compassion, communication skills, and professionalism.

Emergency Docs Have the Highest Burnout Rate of All Physicians

Emergency Docs Have the Highest Burnout Rate of All Physicians

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Reducing burnout among emergency medicine residents is essential and requires interventions at the individual level and among emergency medicine residency training programs.

Preventing Security Breaches of Your Medical Practice

Preventing Security Breaches of Your Medical Practice

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An average of 1 security breach occurs every day. Physicians need to ensure their network is protected as much as possible from cyber threats.

Primary Care, Speciality Physician Salaries Remain Stagnant

Primary Care, Speciality Physician Salaries Remain Stagnant

Primary care physicians, such as pediatricians and obstetricians, have not seen salary increases. Some physicians, even specialists, have been seeking nonclinical revenue sources to supplement their income.

Reducing Medical Overuse With Shared Decision-Making

Reducing Medical Overuse With Shared Decision-Making

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Involving patients in shared decision-making and providing clinicians with feedback about their performance relative to their peers may reduce medical overuse.

Patient Communication After Urgent Care Needs Improvement

Patient Communication After Urgent Care Needs Improvement

Patients and primary care physicians need to communicate better after urgent care visits; many patients reported experiencing a communication disconnect after a emergency department visit.

"Choosing Wisely" Campaign Improvements Needed

"Choosing Wisely" Campaign Improvements Needed

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The Choosing Wisely lists include over 500 tests, scans, prescription drugs, and medical devices that clinicians should avoid along with respective evidence to demonstrate that they are unnecessary for certain patients.

Pay Inequality, Contract Negotiation Top Concerns for Female Physicians

Pay Inequality, Contract Negotiation Top Concerns for Female Physicians

Many female physicians report feeling disadvantaged when negotiating contracts and feel they are assess for promotion using different criteria than those used for men.

Creative Solutions for Healthcare Improvement

Creative Solutions for Healthcare Improvement

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Coeditor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Creativity ,Steven Pritzker, PhD, discusses how physicians can utilize creativity in health care to improve patient care.

Fired for Falling Asleep During Work Hours: Our Readers Weigh In

Fired for Falling Asleep During Work Hours: Our Readers Weigh In

Two physicians offer their opinions on June's Legal Advisor from Clinical Advisor about a female nurse that was fired for falling asleep while on duty in a hospital.

New Tools Available to Guide Physicians Through Merit-Based Payments

New Tools Available to Guide Physicians Through Merit-Based Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services added new online resources to assist physicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and to those exploring the opportunities available.

Physicians Finding Workaround Solutions for Rising Cost of Medications

Physicians Finding Workaround Solutions for Rising Cost of Medications

Some physicians are creating new ways to work around the rising costs of prescription medications.

Concierge Medicine: The Future of Healthcare?

Concierge Medicine: The Future of Healthcare?

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Concierge medicine fills an important and growing niche in today's medical marketplace, appealing to thousands of physicians around the country and the scores of patients they serve.

Stronger Standards Needed for Shared Clinical Decision Making

Stronger Standards Needed for Shared Clinical Decision Making

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Policy makers and health systems need to strengthen standards guiding the practice of shared decision making.

Reflecting on the Fine Line Between Intimacy and Identification

Reflecting on the Fine Line Between Intimacy and Identification

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A physician reflects on the fine line between creating intimacy with your patient and shielding yourself from getting too close to each and every case.

Patients Often Record Doctor's Visits to Share Information With Caregivers

Patients Often Record Doctor's Visits to Share Information With Caregivers

Many patients record office visits, often listening back to the tapes themselves or sharing with their caregiver.

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