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AMA Discusses Pre-Retirement Evaluation for Aging Doctors

AMA Discusses Pre-Retirement Evaluation for Aging Doctors

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Physicians approved development of preliminary assessment guidelines at AMA meeting.

Affordable Care Act Subsidies Upheld Under Supreme Court Ruling

Affordable Care Act Subsidies Upheld Under Supreme Court Ruling

Ruling preserves tax credits for 6.4 million people in 34 states.

Baked Goods, Beverages, and Candy Cannabis Products Often Mislabeled

Baked Goods, Beverages, and Candy Cannabis Products Often Mislabeled

Sixty percent contained less active ingredient than label said, while 23% had more.

Rising Reports Of Medical Identity Theft

Rising Reports Of Medical Identity Theft

Increase of 21.7% in incidents since last report; theft is costly to consumers.

Interstitial Cystitis, White Matter Abnormalities Link Noted

Interstitial Cystitis, White Matter Abnormalities Link Noted

Brain abnormalities linked to symptoms of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.

Physicians Slow To Adopt Direct Messaging

Physicians Slow To Adopt Direct Messaging

Secure messaging protocol allows for easy communication; meets HIPPA privacy, security rules.

Obesity Boosts Risks In Procedural Sedation For Pediatric Patients

Obesity Boosts Risks In Procedural Sedation For Pediatric Patients

Increased risk of adverse respiratory events, frequency of airway interventions with obesity.

Failing Exams Noted As Reasons Some Graduating Seniors Not Matching to Residency Programs

Failing Exams Noted As Reasons Some Graduating Seniors Not Matching to Residency Programs

More than 250 seniors didn't match to residency; reasons include failing exams, poor interview skills.

Guidance On Medical Ethics Education Noted In Report

Guidance On Medical Ethics Education Noted In Report

Novel approaches to learning encouraged, such as flipped classroom, use of reflective narratives.

More MCAT Time Linked to Less Med School Success

More MCAT Time Linked to Less Med School Success

No impact on medical school admission rate, but lower rate of passing Step examinations.

Paretic Limbs May Get Some Help From Virtual Reality Gaming

Paretic Limbs May Get Some Help From Virtual Reality Gaming

Enhancements may have helped boost the confidence of participants.

AMA Offers Tips To Improve Physician-Hospital Relationships

AMA Offers Tips To Improve Physician-Hospital Relationships

Six principles of success described for integrated leadership between hospitals, physicians.

Joint Pain Supplement Contains NSAID, Antihistamine

Joint Pain Supplement Contains NSAID, Antihistamine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warning consumers to not buy or use GC Natural's Pyrola Advanced Joint Formula, an herbal supplement marketed for joint pain.

Low Spending By Doctors Contributing To Slowing Health Care Costs

Low Spending By Doctors Contributing To Slowing Health Care Costs

Physicians' spending grew more slowly over 2003 to 2013 than hospital and clinical spending.

Front Desk Staff Can Play Role In Managing Cash Flow

Front Desk Staff Can Play Role In Managing Cash Flow

Tips to implement include verification of insurance status, collection at time of service, ease of payment.

EHR Systems Similar Among Larger Practices

EHR Systems Similar Among Larger Practices

Sixty percent of responses from clinicians in large practices were from users of 10 EHR products.

Understanding Stress in Medical School May Help Address It

Understanding Stress in Medical School May Help Address It

Drivers of distress include unsupportive learning environment, mistreatment, debt.

New Path for Opioid Production Could Be On Horizon

New Path for Opioid Production Could Be On Horizon

Could benefit medicine but researchers warn of potential to create illegal drugs.

Transitioning Tips For Physicians Who Want A Private Practice

Transitioning Tips For Physicians Who Want A Private Practice

Physicians should prepare carefully; consider finances, legal issues, and insurance.

Health Care Index Notes Increases in Consumer Costs

Health Care Index Notes Increases in Consumer Costs

Increase in coverage by public insurance plans, but increasing number of consumers have deductibles.

Nondisclosures Often Involved in Malpractice Settlements

Nondisclosures Often Involved in Malpractice Settlements

Academic health system uses nondisclosure clauses in most malpractice settlement agreements

AMA: Financially Prepared Female Clinicians More Likely To Take These Steps

AMA: Financially Prepared Female Clinicians More Likely To Take These Steps

Traits include having retirement portfolio on track or ahead of schedule, having emergency fund.

Standardized Billing Could Boost Payments

Standardized Billing Could Boost Payments

Intake forms should remind patients of their responsibility for paying bills, collection costs

New Zohydro ER Formulation Launched

New Zohydro ER Formulation Launched

Pernix announced the launch of a new formulation of Zohydro ER (hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsules) with BeadTek, a new abuse-deterrent technology.

More Data Needed To Properly Assess Effect of Duty Hour Policies

More Data Needed To Properly Assess Effect of Duty Hour Policies

Rigidity of surgical resident policies may have unintended, detrimental effects on patient.

Heroin Use May Be Stabilizing, But Still High

Number of people receiving treatment also rose in recent years.

EHR Data Mining May Assist In Improving Quality

EHR Data Mining May Assist In Improving Quality

Data mining tools, including health maintenance alerts, reports, are available in EHR products.

Managing Conflict With Patients Requires Good Communication

Managing Conflict With Patients Requires Good Communication

Good communication is crucial for managing encounters when denying a patient request.

Sustainable Growth Rate Formula Repealed

Sustainable Growth Rate Formula Repealed

Legislation includes provisions such as simplification of reporting programs, incentive payments.

Health Record Security Breaches Increase Over 10 Years

Health Record Security Breaches Increase Over 10 Years

Researchers call for enhanced security as more patient information is stored online.

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