Practice Management News Archive

Flaws, Potential Solutions for Physician Incentive Programs Examined

Flaws, Potential Solutions for Physician Incentive Programs Examined

Physician incentive programs have not been proven helpful in improving patient outcomes.

Discrimination Against Physician Mothers A Widespread Issue

Discrimination Against Physician Mothers A Widespread Issue

Key themes identified included issues with gendered job expectations, financial inequalities, and limited advancement opportunities, among others.

Patient Education Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

Patient Education Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

An educational intervention can improve patients' ability to self-manage their chronic diseases.

Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine

Only 15.4 percent of physicians work in practices that use telemedicine for a wide spectrum of patient interactions, with larger practice size being an important correlate of telemedicine use.

Exclusion of Doctors From Public Health Insurance Up 2007 to 2017

Exclusion of Doctors From Public Health Insurance Up 2007 to 2017

From 2007 to 2017, the number of physicians excluded from Medicare and state public insurance programs increased.

Understanding Therapeutic Misconceptions Associated With Clinical Trial Enrollment

Understanding Therapeutic Misconceptions Associated With Clinical Trial Enrollment

Therapeutic misconception is an important type of false belief in medical research and medical practice.

MFIQ Comprehensively Evaluates Migraine Intervention Outcomes

MFIQ Comprehensively Evaluates Migraine Intervention Outcomes

The MFIQ is a novel patient-reported outcome instrument developed as a quality measure of preventive therapies in adults with migraine.

Hospital Discharge During Holiday Season Considered Novel Risk for Readmission, Death

Hospital Discharge During Holiday Season Considered Novel Risk for Readmission, Death

The "Christmas Effect" has been linked to increased risks in patients discharged from the hospital during the December holiday season.

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Most Insured Patients Not Using Online Portals

Nearly two-thirds of insured adults with a previous health care visit did not use an online patient portal in 2017.

AMA Code of Medical Ethics Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

AMA Code of Medical Ethics Guides Physicians in Fighting Harmful Online Health Information

Health information is widely available online, yet the quality of that information can be dubious at best.

Many Americans Unaware of Promise of Personalized Medicine

Many Americans Unaware of Promise of Personalized Medicine

Medical science has made tremendous advances in personalized medicine. However, the American public is still struggling to understand the implications of these targeted treatments.

Hospital Ranking Linked to Mortality Rates, Patient Satisfaction

Hospital Ranking Linked to Mortality Rates, Patient Satisfaction

Top-ranked hospitals for CV care have lower 30-day mortality rates and higher patient satisfaction.

HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden

HHS Issues Draft Strategy for Reducing Health IT Burden

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed a draft strategy to reduce the health information technology (IT) burden, and the strategy is open for public comment through Jan. 28, 2019.

Many Patients Withhold Information From Clinicians

Many Patients Withhold Information From Clinicians

Many patients intentionally withhold information from clinicians.

Shifting Pattern Seen for Primary Care Office Visits

Shifting Pattern Seen for Primary Care Office Visits

Among patients with employer-sponsored insurance, there was a decline in visits to primary care physicians (PCPs) from 2012 to 2016.

Clinicians Must Do Their Part to Address Inaccurate Online Health Information

Clinicians Must Do Their Part to Address Inaccurate Online Health Information

Clinicians have a responsibility to engage in initiatives that improve the quality of health information available online.

Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

Physician Responsibility to Combat "Fake News" in Medicine

It's easy for patients to seek out information that backs up their beliefs and dismiss other sources as "fake news."

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?

By 2030, robots will likely replace 800 million workers. Will physicians make the cut?

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

The transition from the workforce into retirement is always challenging, but for physicians accustomed to working long or odd hours, it can be especially difficult.

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent Among Clinical Practice Guidelines Authors

Financial Conflicts of Interest Prevalent Among Clinical Practice Guidelines Authors

There is a high prevalence of financial conflicts of interest among authors of clinical practice guidelines related to high-revenue medications and in gastroenterology.

Wikipedia in Medical Education: An Educator's Guide to Crowdsourcing

Wikipedia in Medical Education: An Educator's Guide to Crowdsourcing

With the proliferation of online medical information, educators and students alike struggle to discern the legitimacy of "e-health" sources.

Patient Experiences Shed Light on Diagnostic Errors

Patient Experiences Shed Light on Diagnostic Errors

Data from patient- and family-reported error narratives indicate that problems related to patient-physician interactions are major contributors to diagnostic errors.

Give Thanks: The Role of Gratitude in Combating Burnout

Give Thanks: The Role of Gratitude in Combating Burnout

Many healthcare organizations are trying a new tactic to reduce rates of burnout: gratitude.

Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency

Tips Provided for Budgeting in Medical Residency

Medical residents should start budgeting and save for the future.

Anomalous Times and Billing Practices of Anesthesia Practitioners Examined

Anomalous Times and Billing Practices of Anesthesia Practitioners Examined

There are concerns that physician discretion in billing may be used inappropriately.

Intervention by Pharmacists May Effectively Reduce Use of Inappropriate Medications in the Elderly

Intervention by Pharmacists May Effectively Reduce Use of Inappropriate Medications in the Elderly

An intervention by community pharmacists consisting of sending elderly patients educational information on deprescribing of inappropriate medications resulted in higher levels of discontinuation of inappropriate medications within 6 months compared with those in patients who received usual care.

Mental Healthcare Services for Medical Students: An Approach From the University of Pittsburgh

Mental Healthcare Services for Medical Students: An Approach From the University of Pittsburgh

Medical students experience a significantly elevated risk for depression, suicidality, and burnout during their education, even if they matriculate in relatively good health.

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Doctors-in-Training

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Doctors-in-Training

By collecting data on suicides by medical students, residents, and fellows, the American Medical Association hopes to identify ways to reduce suicides among doctors-in-training.

How Does Accepting Blame Affect Future Medical Errors?

How Does Accepting Blame Affect Future Medical Errors?

Assuming blame for a medical error may help patients and families heal.

Education Can Up Emotional Intelligence in Residents

Education Can Up Emotional Intelligence in Residents

Following an educational intervention, residents from pediatrics and med-ped residency programs have an increase in total emotional intelligence.

Walgreens Now Offers Next-Day Rx Delivery Service With FedEx

Walgreens Now Offers Next-Day Rx Delivery Service With FedEx

Currently, same-day delivery is available only in Dallas, Chicago, New York City, Gainesville, Miami, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale; this program will be expanded in 2019.

Increased Use of Electronic Health Records Linked With Heightened Risk for Health Data Breaches

Increased Use of Electronic Health Records Linked With Heightened Risk for Health Data Breaches

Rates of health information breaches are increasing despite legal and moral obligations to protect patient information.

Cleaning Up "Fake News" in Health Care

Cleaning Up "Fake News" in Health Care

Inaccurate health claims have become a public health issue.

Office Visits to Primary Care Physicians Drop, Increase For NPs, PAs

Office Visits to Primary Care Physicians Drop, Increase For NPs, PAs

Between 2012 and 2016, trends in primary care visits suggest that physician office visits dropped across every state in the Unites States while visits to NPs and PAs increased.

Interviews Can Help Ensure Physician Candidates Fit Culture

Interviews Can Help Ensure Physician Candidates Fit Culture

In preparing to interview to hire a new physician, practices must understand their own cultures.

Physicians Often Don't Address Their Burnout

Physicians Often Don't Address Their Burnout

More than half of physicians experience burnout, and many do not seek treatment.

Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?

When deviating from published guidelines, physicians must ensure their recommendations are based on justified belief, not personal bias.

Data Age in Clinical Trials Is About Three Years at Publication

Data Age in Clinical Trials Is About Three Years at Publication

The median data age in clinical trials in journals with a high impact factor is about three years at publication.

Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use

Practices Should Set Rules for Staff Social Media Use

Medical practices can take steps to avoid problems related to use of social media by staff members.

Research Links Doctor Burnout to Patient Safety Incidents

Research Links Doctor Burnout to Patient Safety Incidents

Physician burnout is associated with increased risk of patient safety incidents, poorer quality of care due to low professionalism, and reduced patient satisfaction.

Making the Case for Donor-Funded Research

Making the Case for Donor-Funded Research

Research funded by private donors in exchange for research-related benefits has long been criticized as a "pay to play" research model.

Enough Is Enough? When Health Metrics Shift From Useful to Too Much

Enough Is Enough? When Health Metrics Shift From Useful to Too Much

When is enough enough when it comes to health metrics?

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Doctors

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Doctors

Having a Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A.) can help doctors with important, practice-related decisions.

Residents Working Long Hours Can Increase Alertness

Residents Working Long Hours Can Increase Alertness

Medical residents can take steps to maintain their energy and alertness during long shifts.

#MeToo Movement: Public Health Challenges, Benefits Examined

#MeToo Movement: Public Health Challenges, Benefits Examined

Researchers are concerned that the increased focus on sexual harassment resulting from the #MeToo campaign may cause negative health outcomes.

Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

The patient-facing PREPARE advance care planning program plus an easy-to-read advance directive significantly increases documentation of advance care planning and patient-reported engagement.

Technological Breakthroughs in Medicine Move Physician-Patient Interactions From The Computer Screen Back to the Exam Room

Technological Breakthroughs in Medicine Move Physician-Patient Interactions From The Computer Screen Back to the Exam Room

While technological breakthroughs have had positive effects in the corporate world, they have led to exacerbated physician burnout in the medical field.

Use of Both Aspirin and NSAIDs Associated With Incident Heart Failure Risk

Use of Both Aspirin and NSAIDs Associated With Incident Heart Failure Risk

The use of both NSAID and aspirin was positively associated with incident HF in adults with no prior history of CVD.

Raising Expectations: How One Organization Is Revamping Hospital Food

Raising Expectations: How One Organization Is Revamping Hospital Food

If there's one thing hospitals are not known for, it's culinary success.

Minority Residents Report Cultural Challenges in Education, Workplace

Minority Residents Report Cultural Challenges in Education, Workplace

Minority resident physicians report incidences of microaggression, occasional racism, and challenges in integrating their cultural identity into the workplace.

Advantages and Challenges of Community-Based Health Interventions Examined

Advantages and Challenges of Community-Based Health Interventions Examined

Therapeutic lifestyle changes administered in a community setting can be effective in reducing blood pressure among black people with hypertension.

Majority of Internists Still Have Financial Ties to Industry

Majority of Internists Still Have Financial Ties to Industry

A majority of internists still report financial ties to industry.

Designing the Therapeutic Space: Using Layout, Color, and Other Elements to Get Patients in the Right Frame of Mind

Designing the Therapeutic Space: Using Layout, Color, and Other Elements to Get Patients in the Right Frame of Mind

While there is no single way to design a conducive therapeutic room, mental health professionals can help ensure that clients have a comfortable therapeutic experience by keeping the area a welcoming, cozy, warm, and safe environment for emotionally vulnerable individuals.

Little to No Association Found Between Physician Performance and Medical School Ranking

Little to No Association Found Between Physician Performance and Medical School Ranking

Researchers found a limited association between the ranking of a physician's medical school and patient mortality or readmission rates.

Dozens of Medical Groups Join Forces to Improve Diagnoses

Dozens of Medical Groups Join Forces to Improve Diagnoses

Every nine minutes, a patient in a U.S. hospital dies because a diagnosis was wrong or delayed -- resulting in 80,000 deaths a year.

Security and Privacy Risks Linked to Wearable Healthcare Devices

Security and Privacy Risks Linked to Wearable Healthcare Devices

While wearable technology can provide substantial patient benefit, these devices carry significant privacy and security risks.

Medical Boards May Contribute to Mental Health Stigma for Doctors

Medical Boards May Contribute to Mental Health Stigma for Doctors

Existing policy has been amended to encourage licensing boards to require disclosure of physical or mental health conditions only when these would negatively impact a physicians' ability to practice medicine.

Exploring the Effect of Data on Precision Medicine Research

Exploring the Effect of Data on Precision Medicine Research

Electronic health records can offer information on social and behavioral data, which can aid research investigating genetic and social factors across health disparities.

An Introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks and Their Utility in Health Care

An Introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks and Their Utility in Health Care

The "deep learning" approach to artificial intelligence allows computers to perform diagnostic tasks with accuracy comparable to that of trained medical professionals.

Scribes Improve Physician Workflow, Patient Interaction

Scribes Improve Physician Workflow, Patient Interaction

Use of medical scribes is associated with decreased physician documentation burden, improved work efficiency, and improved patient interactions.

Increasing Minority Representation in Gene Editing Technology Research

Increasing Minority Representation in Gene Editing Technology Research

Without substantial genetic information to draw from, scientific research has failed to achieve adequate understanding of the clinical variants in minority populations.

The Progression of Health Care From Personalized Medicine to Wellness Genomics and Beyond

The Progression of Health Care From Personalized Medicine to Wellness Genomics and Beyond

The progression from personalized medicine to wellness genomics as mapped by researchers began with pioneering work on the molecular genetic code.

Nutrition Tips for Physicians: Staying Healthy During Busy Days

Nutrition Tips for Physicians: Staying Healthy During Busy Days

Between the double shifts and stressful days, keeping energy up and eating right can seem like an insurmountable challenge.

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Physicians are evenly divided on the importance of considering societal cost and resource allocation while providing individual patient care.

E-Visit Adoption Increases Office Visits, Healthcare Use in Primary Care

E-Visit Adoption Increases Office Visits, Healthcare Use in Primary Care

Electronic medical visits (e-visits) trigger additional clinic visits, rather than serving as an office visit substitute.

AHA, ADA and Others Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

AHA, ADA and Others Concerned Over Latest Trump Administration ACA Guidance

More than 25 professional medical and patient advocacy organizations are in opposition to the Trump Administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Lack of Standardized Definitions Creates Challenges in Identifying Prevalence of Burnout

Lack of Standardized Definitions Creates Challenges in Identifying Prevalence of Burnout

Researchers systematically reviewed clinical trial databases for published studies on burnout prevalence in practice physicians.

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

Two Stanford researchers sought to study the effects of diversity on health care among men of color.

Causes of Burnout in Resident Physicians Examined

Causes of Burnout in Resident Physicians Examined

Career choice regret, specialty choice, and anxiety in medical school have been linked with elevated rates of burnout in resident physicians

Teacher, Student Psychological Well-being Linked

Teacher, Student Psychological Well-being Linked

Educators' mental health and well-being is associated with their students' mental well-being or feelings of distress.

Little Evidence of Gabapentin Efficacy for Off-Label Uses

Little Evidence of Gabapentin Efficacy for Off-Label Uses

Clinicians who prescribe gabapentin for off-label uses should assess available evidence for a given indication.

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges in mHealth

The role of mHealth technologies, including smartphone applications and wearable sensors that enable real-time health monitoring, has become more prevalent within the last decade.

High Quality Care as Important as Universal Health Coverage in Reducing Global Mortality

High Quality Care as Important as Universal Health Coverage in Reducing Global Mortality

Universal health coverage has been proposed as a way of improving access to healthcare in low- and middle-income countries.

Overall Population Well-Being Inversely Related to Healthcare Spending

Overall Population Well-Being Inversely Related to Healthcare Spending

The overall well-being of a geographically defined population was inversely associated with the amount Medicare spent on its fee-for-service beneficiaries.

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

How Do Medical Scribes Reduce EHR Documentation Burden for Physicians?

The use of medical scribes for electronic health record documentation reduced primary care physician burden.

When Will Medicine Join the Women's Movement?

When Will Medicine Join the Women's Movement?

A recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine confirms that sexual harassment is a problem across all fields of science.

Understanding the Blame Game: Why Are Voluntary Event Reporting Rates So Low?

Understanding the Blame Game: Why Are Voluntary Event Reporting Rates So Low?

Does a hospital's blame culture — "nonpunitive response to error" according to researchers — influence medical error reporting rates?

Understanding the Cause is Necessary to Treating Physician Burnout

Understanding the Cause is Necessary to Treating Physician Burnout

There is no widespread understanding of the pathophysiology of burnout, or conclusions about how it should be measured.

Scholarship Support Limited for Veterans Enrolling in MD Programs

Scholarship Support Limited for Veterans Enrolling in MD Programs

Despite Veterans Affairs scholarship support, costs for veterans attending medical school are high.

New Opioid-Induced Constipation Management Guidelines Available

New Opioid-Induced Constipation Management Guidelines Available

The recommendations have been published in the AGA's official journal, Gastroenterology.

The Doctor Will @ You Now: Social Media MD Shares Strategies

The Doctor Will @ You Now: Social Media MD Shares Strategies

Farris K. Timimi, MD, and Lee Aase from the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network shared their views on the role of social media in physician practice.

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

Racial insensitivity, stereotyping, and racially based decisions continue to occur in medical school admissions, recruitment, and management, as well as patient care.

Are Physician-Patient Relationships Ethical? Ethicists Say No, But Some Docs Disagree

Are Physician-Patient Relationships Ethical? Ethicists Say No, But Some Docs Disagree

According to the American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics, romantic or sexual relationships between physicians and patients are unethical.

Make the Most of Employment: Guidelines for Evaluating Physician Employment Contracts

Make the Most of Employment: Guidelines for Evaluating Physician Employment Contracts

Physician employment contracts include a number of bonuses and benefits that can be included or negotiated.

Using Data to Address Shortcomings in the US Physician Training System

Using Data to Address Shortcomings in the US Physician Training System

Current data on the state of undergraduate and graduate medical education must be rigorously evaluated rigorously to influence change in the current medical education system.

Residents Should Take Advantage of Paid Time Off

Residents Should Take Advantage of Paid Time Off

Although there are many demands on residents, taking advantage of paid vacation time is one of the perks and should be maximized.

Clinical Practice Guidelines Establish Norms of Practice But Must Reduce Risk for Bias

Clinical Practice Guidelines Establish Norms of Practice But Must Reduce Risk for Bias

Clinical practice guidelines are an important part of medical practice, but scarce funding for updates and the risk for bias have raised challenges.

Turning Your Passion Into a Side Hustle: Tips for Physicians

Turning Your Passion Into a Side Hustle: Tips for Physicians

Whether you're interested in writing for healthcare blogs or dabbling in a subject outside the realm of medical care, there's something for anyone with an interest in a side hustle.

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

FDA Issues Safety Communication Regarding Pen Needle Use

Standard pen needles have an outer cover and removable inner needle cover, while safety pen needles have an outer cover and a fixed inner needle shield that is not removed before an injection.

Benefits and Ethical Considerations of Using AI for Predicting Incapacitated Patients' Consent

Benefits and Ethical Considerations of Using AI for Predicting Incapacitated Patients' Consent

The use of an artificial intelligence algorithm could become valuable for medical decision-making processes.

Most Surgical Residents Want Financial Education

Most Surgical Residents Want Financial Education

Surgical residents feel strongly that personal financial education should be offered during medical training.

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

Examining the Ethical Considerations of Grateful Patient Fundraising

Grateful patient philanthropy — donations often made "in response to excellent medical care" — comprises approximately $10 billion in charitable giving to health care centers per year.

Tips for When It's Time to Go: How to Leave Your Practice

Tips for When It's Time to Go: How to Leave Your Practice

It's not unusual for physicians to move between practices or to leave an established practice to start their own.

Risks Associated With Diclofenac Initiation

Risks Associated With Diclofenac Initiation

Patients initiating diclofenac may have an increased risk for cardiovascular events compared with individuals using paracetamol, other traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or those not taking NSAIDs.

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

Doctors and the D Word: Talking About Death Is an Essential Skill — and One Often Lacking

The reasons for physicians' discomfort with conversations about dying are as much cultural, social, and systemic as they are personal.

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

How Personalized Hospital Ratings May Drive Patient-Specific Care in the Digital Age

A flexible overall performance score that can be modified in real time by users may be the most optimal method for generating relevant reviews for specific patient interests.

Physician Burnout Linked to Practice Size in Independent Urban Practices

Physician Burnout Linked to Practice Size in Independent Urban Practices

A recent study found that practice size can play a role in whether or not a physician experiences burnout.

Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

Patient Health Information Often Shared Electronically

The most common electronically sent and received types of patient health information (PHI) include laboratory results and medication lists.

The Gamification of Medical School is Well Underway

The Gamification of Medical School is Well Underway

Gamification approaches may have benefits that supplement those of traditional classroom learning.

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