Practice Management

Pharmacist-Led Phone Follow-Up May Cut Readmission Rates

Pharmacist-Led Phone Follow-Up May Cut Readmission Rates

A pharmacist-led, postdischarge structured telephone follow-up (TFU) intervention can reduce 30-day and 90-day readmission rates for polypharmacy patients.

Physician Burnout Tied to Ability to Address Social Needs

Physician Burnout Tied to Ability to Address Social Needs

Improving clinic capacity to respond to patients' social needs may reduce primary care physician burnout.

Should Mental Health Screenings for Physicians Be Standard Procedure?

Should Mental Health Screenings for Physicians Be Standard Procedure?

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The suicide rate among physicians far exceeds that of the general population.

FDA: New Plan for Regulations, Oversight of Dietary Supplement Industry

FDA: New Plan for Regulations, Oversight of Dietary Supplement Industry

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The FDA has announced a new plan to significantly modernize the regulation and oversight of dietary supplements.

Infection Control Guidelines in the OR and Anesthesia Work Area

Infection Control Guidelines in the OR and Anesthesia Work Area

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SHEA guideline reflects the potential for clinically significant cross transmission in the intraoperative environment.

More High-Value Care Associated With Receipt of Primary Care

More High-Value Care Associated With Receipt of Primary Care

Receipt of primary care is associated with significantly more high-value care, slightly more low-value care, and a better health care experience.

Virtual Video Visits Liked by Patients, Providers

Virtual Video Visits Liked by Patients, Providers

Virtual video visits can effectively replace office visits for selected patients across medical specialties without sacrificing quality of care or patient-physician communication.

New Patient Wait Times at VA Medical Centers Improved Between 2014 and 2017

New Patient Wait Times at VA Medical Centers Improved Between 2014 and 2017

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Compared with wait times at VA health centers, wait times in the private sector remained static.

Report Identifies Areas Lacking Good Practice in Health Tech Assessment

Report Identifies Areas Lacking Good Practice in Health Tech Assessment

An ISPOR--The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research working group indicates the lack of good practices in three areas of health technology assessment.

Missed General Practice Appointments Linked To Increased Morbidity, Mortality

Missed General Practice Appointments Linked To Increased Morbidity, Mortality

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For patients with both physical and mental health-related long-term conditions, missing healthcare appointments is associated with an increased risk of multimorbidity.

Discrimination, Inflexible Work Hours Keep Women Away From Careers in Surgery

Discrimination, Inflexible Work Hours Keep Women Away From Careers in Surgery

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Although 55% of UK medical school students are women, only 28% of these women go on to pursue a career in surgery.

In the Spotlight: How Racism Affects the Healthcare Workforce

In the Spotlight: How Racism Affects the Healthcare Workforce

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Racism is embedded in all US institutions, including medicine — so what steps are being taken to improve the well-being of the healthcare workforce?

Effect of Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Examined

Effect of Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Examined

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The HRRP has increased the risk for 30-day post-discharge mortality in Medicare beneficiaries.

ACIP Updates Recommendations for US Adult Immunization Schedule

ACIP Updates Recommendations for US Adult Immunization Schedule

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The ACIP and CDC have approved and released 2019 recommendations for the adult immunization schedule in the US.

Prices Still Explain High Health Care Spending in the United States

Prices Still Explain High Health Care Spending in the United States

The difference in health spending between the United States and other countries is still explained by health care prices.

ACR Calls for Safeguards Against Step Therapy for Part B Drugs

ACR Calls for Safeguards Against Step Therapy for Part B Drugs

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The ACR is urging CMS to adopt safeguards to protect Medicare Advantage beneficiaries from step therapy.

Examining the Ethical Question of Using Workarounds for Undocumented Patients

Examining the Ethical Question of Using Workarounds for Undocumented Patients

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Navigating the dichotomy between providing quality health care and dealing with a patient's reality can be a challenge.

AGS: Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults Updated

AGS: Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults Updated

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Over 1400 clinical trials and research studies were reviewed by a panel of 13 experts to develop the new guideline.

Characteristics of Physicians Excluded from Medicare Reimbursement Programs Examined

Characteristics of Physicians Excluded from Medicare Reimbursement Programs Examined

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Older male physicians who practice family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, or surgery were more likely to have been excluded from insurance reimbursement participation.

In the Face of Immigration Concerns, Good Sanctuary Doctoring Is Key

In the Face of Immigration Concerns, Good Sanctuary Doctoring Is Key

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As the Trump White House continues to enact its approach to immigration, it's important for physicians to apply principles of sanctuary doctoring to help patients feel safe.

Banding Together Against Boards: How Physicians Are Fighting the MOC Program

Banding Together Against Boards: How Physicians Are Fighting the MOC Program

A group of physicians has banded together to file a class-action lawsuit against the American Board of Internal Medicine and the organization's monopolization on the process of board certification.

Protecting Your Practice From Data Breaches: An Expert Interview

Protecting Your Practice From Data Breaches: An Expert Interview

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To shed light on issues of cybersecurity in medical practices, MPR spoke to Michael J Sacopulos, JD, CEO of Medical Risk Institute (MRI), a firm that provides "proactive counsel" to the healthcare community to identify where liability risks originate and to reduce or remove those risks.

Examining Inefficiencies in US Medical Care

Examining Inefficiencies in US Medical Care

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Factors of US medical care were compared with those of other nations in terms of quality and length of life, morbidities, mortality outcomes, and life expectancy.

Paid Family Leave Policies Inadequate for Resident Physicians

Paid Family Leave Policies Inadequate for Resident Physicians

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Between 2016 and 2017, the mean paid childbearing leave for faculty physicians at 12 top United States medical schools was just 8.6 weeks.

Will Free Medical School Tuition Bring More Diversity to Medicine?

Will Free Medical School Tuition Bring More Diversity to Medicine?

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By offering free tuition, NYU hopes to bring more diversity to their medical school program.

American College of Physicians Releases 7th Edition of Ethics Manual

American College of Physicians Releases 7th Edition of Ethics Manual

Ethical principles are discussed in an updated Ethics Manual, issued by the American College of Physicians.

Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

Debating the First Amendment: Is False Speech Constitutionally Protected?

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False beliefs are common in society and have permeated the healthcare industry.

Physician-Patient Relationships: The Benefits of Long-Term Medical Practice

Physician-Patient Relationships: The Benefits of Long-Term Medical Practice

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Long-term physician-patient relationships are increasingly rare in the era of electronic documentation.

Stethoscope Cleaning Standards May Not Eliminate Bacterial Contamination

Stethoscope Cleaning Standards May Not Eliminate Bacterial Contamination

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In-hospital stethoscope cleaning practices may only be partially effective at eliminating bacterial DNA.

How Should Clinicians Discuss Prognosis With Patients?

How Should Clinicians Discuss Prognosis With Patients?

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Talking to sick patients about their future health prospects is a challenge.

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