Practice Management

Physician Suicides: A Public Health Crisis

Physician Suicides: A Public Health Crisis

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Suicide among physicians is a staggering public health crisis that has gone largely ignored; one physician shares his insight.

Four Major Concerns Patients Have About Their Physicians

Four Major Concerns Patients Have About Their Physicians

The Physicians Foundation commissioned a survey of health care consumers to examine attitudes on the physician-patient relationship, the cost of health care, social determinants, and lifestyle issues.

Prior Authorizations for Medications, Diagnostic Imaging Create Challenges in Practices

Prior Authorizations for Medications, Diagnostic Imaging Create Challenges in Practices

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While not a new phenomenon, prior authorizations for medications and diagnostic imaging continue to be a thorn in the side of the practice of medicine. One physician shares his experience with the challenge of dealing with prior authorizations.

Interim Results of Ongoing Clinical Trials May Be Misleading

Interim Results of Ongoing Clinical Trials May Be Misleading

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Published interim results of ongoing clinical trials often report analyses without justification and may mislead clinicians about whether a particular drug or therapy is beneficial.

Pharmacist Feedback, Education Reduce Prescription Errors by Junior Doctors

Pharmacist Feedback, Education Reduce Prescription Errors by Junior Doctors

Pharmacist feedback and education is effective at reducing prescription writing errors by junior doctors in an inpatient setting.

Medical Malpractice Payout Redistribution: Expert Insight

Medical Malpractice Payout Redistribution: Expert Insight

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A recent bill passed in the US House of Representatives proposes a number of changes to malpractice liability rules, including a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages.

Electronic Health Records Requirements May Affect Patient Care

Electronic Health Records Requirements May Affect Patient Care

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The increasing burden of electronic health record documentation requirements is affecting patient care. One physician shares his experiences.

Email Communication With Patients Increases Physician, not Patient Satisfaction

Email Communication With Patients Increases Physician, not Patient Satisfaction

Providers who give patients their email addresses have higher satisfaction, but this does not appear to impact patient satisfaction.

Significant Loss of Employees Expected for Local, State Public Health Workforce

Significant Loss of Employees Expected for Local, State Public Health Workforce

The public health workforce at the local and state levels will experience a significant loss of employees through 2020.

Telehealth Research: Areas to Prioritize to Improve Patient Care

Telehealth Research: Areas to Prioritize to Improve Patient Care

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The adoption of telehealth technology continues to expand, but requires further research to fully realize the potential it has to address socially desirable goals such as improving the patient experience of care.

New Online Tools, Resources by AMA Seek to Address Physician Burnout at Systems Level

New Online Tools, Resources by AMA Seek to Address Physician Burnout at Systems Level

Tools and resources have been developed to help address physician burnout at the systems level, which may affect more than half of doctors.

No Benefit Seen With Early vs Late Adoption of Pay-for-Performance Programs

No Benefit Seen With Early vs Late Adoption of Pay-for-Performance Programs

Hospitals that volunteered to be under financial incentives for more than a decade as part of the Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration are not seeing benefits of early adoption.

"End of Life Option Act" Drug Adoption by California Patients

"End of Life Option Act" Drug Adoption by California Patients

Researchers found that 74% of patients who received the End of Life Option Act drugs ingested them and died within a median of 9 days after the prescription was written.

Low Registration for Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program

Low Registration for Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program

Almost 30% of eligible practices failed to register and report data in the first year of the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program.

Concierge Medicine: Balancing Sustainability With Accessibility

Concierge Medicine: Balancing Sustainability With Accessibility

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Concierge medicine gives many patients an attractive alternative to accessing health services, but is this model of healthcare sustainable?

Biomedical Industry Payments Lower for Female vs Male Physicians

Biomedical Industry Payments Lower for Female vs Male Physicians

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Male physicians in the United States receive higher general payments from the biomedical industry and are more likely to hold ownership interests in such companies compared with female physicians.

Tips for Tackling EHR Responsibilities Without Compromising Patient Encounters

Tips for Tackling EHR Responsibilities Without Compromising Patient Encounters

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Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH, Associate Chief Health Informatics Officer for Ambulatory Services, shares her insight on how to best manage the challenge of tackling electronic health record requirements while also optimizing patient encounters.

Reasons Why Many Physicians With Influenza-Like Symptoms Continue to Work

Reasons Why Many Physicians With Influenza-Like Symptoms Continue to Work

Physicians fear financial penalties associated with missing work when ill, as well as pressure from administrators.

Spouses of Female Physicians More Likely to Work Longer Hours Outside of the Home

Spouses of Female Physicians More Likely to Work Longer Hours Outside of the Home

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A report compared self-reported occupation, personal income, hours worked outside the home, and graduate education status between spouses of male vs female physicians.

Costs of Observation Care vs Short-Stay Hospitalization for Commercially Insured Patients

Costs of Observation Care vs Short-Stay Hospitalization for Commercially Insured Patients

Among commercially insured patients, the cost of observation care has increased, but it is still lower than spending for short-stay hospitalizations.

Can Wearable Fitness Technology Improve Our Health?

Can Wearable Fitness Technology Improve Our Health?

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One physician shares his thoughts on whether wearable fitness technology is benefiting our health.

High Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorders in At-Risk Physicians

High Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorders in At-Risk Physicians

The most common work-related musculoskeletal disorders in physicians were found to be degenerative cervical spine disease, rotator cuff pathology, degenerative lumbar spine disease, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Using Conscious and Unconscious Decision-Making to Solve Medical Problems

Using Conscious and Unconscious Decision-Making to Solve Medical Problems

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One physician shares his thoughts on how conscious and unconscious thinking can help making difficult medical decisions.

Practicing Defensive Medicine: Avoiding Prosecution at What Cost?

Practicing Defensive Medicine: Avoiding Prosecution at What Cost?

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The scourge of defensive medicine — the practice of recommending tests or treatments for the purpose of avoiding or mitigating litigation — has been dissected tirelessly.

Few Websites Provide Estimates for Medical Intervention Costs

Few Websites Provide Estimates for Medical Intervention Costs

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Less than 20% of websites provide local price estimates relevant to nonemergency medical interventions.

Hospital Discharge Summaries Often Have Incorrect Prescription Information

Hospital Discharge Summaries Often Have Incorrect Prescription Information

For older patients discharged from a regional hospital, there are frequently discrepancies between the electronic discharge summaries and the National Inpatient Medication Chart or discharge prescription.

A Closer Look at Machine Learning Algorithms in Medicine

A Closer Look at Machine Learning Algorithms in Medicine

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Machine learning programs can process enormous quantities of information and make meaningful and actionable predictions about future behaviors and outcomes, but what are the potential pitfalls?

No Differences in Practice Performance With Value-Based Payment Modifier

No Differences in Practice Performance With Value-Based Payment Modifier

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The Value-Based Payment Modifier program is not associated with differences in performance between practices serving higher-risk and lower-risk patients.

AMA Addresses Need for Improved Cybersecurity in Healthcare

AMA Addresses Need for Improved Cybersecurity in Healthcare

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New research conducted by the American Medical Association and Accenture highlights the seriousness of cyberattacks in healthcare and the need for more cybersecurity support to thwart these attacks.

Physician Shares Insights on the Necessity of a Databank of Biased Providers

Physician Shares Insights on the Necessity of a Databank of Biased Providers

One physician shares his insights on the need for a databank that would include names of medical providers who have publicly expressed opinions indicating biases about certain populations.

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