Medical Societies Urge US Congress to Preserve Medicare Part B

Medical Societies Urge US Congress to Preserve Medicare Part B

Eleven medical societies are calling on Congress to preserve patient access to Part B therapies by preventing CMS from penalizing physicians who provide these treatments.

American Heart Association: Healthcare Cuts in Tax Bill Will Have "Devastating Effects"

American Heart Association: Healthcare Cuts in Tax Bill Will Have "Devastating Effects"

The AHA has released their concerns about the Republican tax reform bill.

Searching for Geographically Relevant Healthcare Costs Online

Searching for Geographically Relevant Healthcare Costs Online

17% of websites provide geographically relevant health care price estimates.

Cancer Survival Varies by Type of Health Insurance

Cancer Survival Varies by Type of Health Insurance

Improvements in cancer survival were limited to patients with private insurance, from 1997-2014.

Influenza Vaccination Refusal Leads to Employee Termination

Influenza Vaccination Refusal Leads to Employee Termination

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

Professional, Educational Achievements of Male, Female Physician Spouses

Professional, Educational Achievements of Male, Female Physician Spouses

Spouses of female physicians are typically more educated and work more than spouses of male physicians.

Increased Physician Turnover May Be Associated with Burnout Resulting in High Cost

Increased Physician Turnover May Be Associated with Burnout Resulting in High Cost

Physicians who are experiencing burnout are more than twice as likely to leave their organization within 2 years.

Traits for High-Value Oncology Practices Identified

Traits for High-Value Oncology Practices Identified

Three of 13 attributes identified had the highest potential for reduced spending without compromising care.

Healthcare Providers With Influenza-Like Symptoms Work While Sick

Healthcare Providers With Influenza-Like Symptoms Work While Sick

Interventions to target healthcare professional-associated influenza transmission, intervention may be necessary to prevent transmission.

New Checklist Classifies Useful Clinical Practice Guidelines

New Checklist Classifies Useful Clinical Practice Guidelines

The primary endpoint was to develop a user friendly checklist to identify trustworthy, relevant, and useful practice guidelines.

Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates Via Text Messaging

Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates Via Text Messaging

Text messaging may be an effective way to increase the rate of influenza vaccination.

Asthma Clinical Trials Need to Include Patient-Reported Outcomes

Asthma Clinical Trials Need to Include Patient-Reported Outcomes

More asthma clinical trials will include patient-reported outcomes as they will help guide clinicians' understanding of their patients' disease.

Primary Care Physicians vs Hospitalists: Trends in Readmission, Discharge

Primary Care Physicians vs Hospitalists: Trends in Readmission, Discharge

Patients cared for by own primary care physician have longer length of stay, lower 30-day mortality

Potential Delays in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Therapy

Potential Delays in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Therapy

Study results stress the importance of a multiethnic support system for patients needing to overcome communication barriers.

Telemedicine Effective for Allergy Management

Telemedicine Effective for Allergy Management

Further research is needed, but the position statement authors support the use of telemedicine as a method of health care delivery.

Physicians Delay Retirement for a Variety of Reasons

Physicians Delay Retirement for a Variety of Reasons

Many physicians report that they would prefer to work part time as part of their ideal retirement plans.

Assessing Electronic Health Records Use Via 6 Categories

Assessing Electronic Health Records Use Via 6 Categories

Researchers have proposed 6 metrics to measure electronic health record use.

AMA Report: Female Physicians Cite Pay Inequality as Top Challenge

AMA Report: Female Physicians Cite Pay Inequality as Top Challenge

An online survey of 500 practicing female physicians indicated pay inequality and contract negotiation were top issues.

High Percentage of Healthcare Personnel Receive Influenza Vaccination

High Percentage of Healthcare Personnel Receive Influenza Vaccination

The majority of healthcare workers receive an influenza vaccination, but more pregnant women should be vaccinated.

Survey Reveals More Than 20% of US Adults Experience Medical Errors

Survey Reveals More Than 20% of US Adults Experience Medical Errors

Of the more than 2500 adults surveyed, 21% reported personally experiencing a medical error.

Theft and Embezzlement Widespread in Medical Practices

Theft and Embezzlement Widespread in Medical Practices

Red flags for embezzlement in medical practices include secretive behavior, sudden displays of wealth, and refusal to take vacations.

The Appeal of Concierge Medicine to Physicians and Patients

The Appeal of Concierge Medicine to Physicians and Patients

Concierge medicine provides patients with medical care services that is not covered by their health insurance.

Debating the Role of Medical Scribes in Clinical Practice

Debating the Role of Medical Scribes in Clinical Practice

Medical scribes have been viewed as effective in improving a variety factors in the clinical setting; however, some healthcare professionals have concerns about their role.

Case Report: Hypoxia Following Chronic Self-Dosing of Apricot Kernel Extract

Case Report: Hypoxia Following Chronic Self-Dosing of Apricot Kernel Extract

Self-prescribed apricot kernel extract was administered daily for 5 years by the patient.

Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria: Barriers for People With Lung Cancer

Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria: Barriers for People With Lung Cancer

A retrospective study of lung cancer clinical trials found that trials continue to increase their eligibility criteria, creating barriers to patient access.

An Ounce of Prevention: Protecting Vulnerable Healthcare Data

An Ounce of Prevention: Protecting Vulnerable Healthcare Data

Considered low-hanging fruit by hackers, the health care sector is particularly vulnerable to attack.

Transesophageal Echocardiography Training for Critical Care Fellows

Transesophageal Echocardiography Training for Critical Care Fellows

Transesophageal echocardiography can be used safely and effectively by critical care fellows to assess and manage cardiopulmonary failure when transthoracic echocardiography fails to provide adequate views.

Quality of FDA Device Approval Studies Examined

Quality of FDA Device Approval Studies Examined

Approving high-risk medical device modifications and granting accelerated drug approval requires high-quality evidence.

Respiratory Therapist Autonomy With Noninvasive Ventilation May Improve COPD Outcomes

Respiratory Therapist Autonomy With Noninvasive Ventilation May Improve COPD Outcomes

Timely selection and early intervention, attention to comfort, and frequent checks improved outcomes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who were treated with noninvasive ventilation.

Specialist Access Among Medicaid Managed Care Enrollees: Do Access Standards Help?

Specialist Access Among Medicaid Managed Care Enrollees: Do Access Standards Help?

The adoption of access standards does not improve access to specialist care among patients participating in Medicaid manage care.

Reduced Hospital Readmissions and Mortality Rates: How Are They Linked?

Reduced Hospital Readmissions and Mortality Rates: How Are They Linked?

Researchers analyzed data from hospitalized Medicare patients with acute MI, heart failure, or pneumonia between 2008 and 2014.

Reducing Clinician Burnout Via Patient-Centered Communication Methods

Reducing Clinician Burnout Via Patient-Centered Communication Methods

A recent AMA report highlighted the efficacy of the ICARE method for reducing clinician burnout.

Uninsured Rates Continue to Rise Among Young Adults in US

Uninsured Rates Continue to Rise Among Young Adults in US

About 20 million people gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Adopting an Active Medical Device Saftey Surveillence System in the US

Adopting an Active Medical Device Saftey Surveillence System in the US

Medical devices such as thermometers and pacemakers are regulated differently than pharmaceuticals in the US.

How Important Is It To Report Negative Data from Clinical Trials?

How Important Is It To Report Negative Data from Clinical Trials?

Pharmaceutical research has made vast improvements in genetic studies and patient-targeted therapies.

Does Physician Age Impact Patient Mortality?

Does Physician Age Impact Patient Mortality?

Reseachers analyzed hospitalized patients between 2011 and 2014.

Call for New Infection Diagnosis Criteria in Emergency Department

Call for New Infection Diagnosis Criteria in Emergency Department

Infections, including lower respiratory infections, are often over- or underdiagnosed in older adults in emergency departments.

Is There A Correlation Between Menopausal Status and Accelaration of Decline in Lung Function?

Is There A Correlation Between Menopausal Status and Accelaration of Decline in Lung Function?

Serum samples, spirometry, and questionnaire data were used to assess the relationship between respiratory function and reproductive health.

Q&A: Informed Consent in Medical Research

Q&A: Informed Consent in Medical Research

Informed consent is known to obe ethically essential in most medical research, despite it being a new concept for the US.

How Common Are Conflicts of Interest in Patient Advocacy Groups?

How Common Are Conflicts of Interest in Patient Advocacy Groups?

Susannah L. Rose, PhD discusses her thoughts of industry funded patient advocacy organizations and what clinicians should keep in mind when interpreting results of research.

Improving Care for Medicaid Patients Under the ACA

Improving Care for Medicaid Patients Under the ACA

Medicaid expansion under the American Care Act decreased uninsurance rates but patient care lacks improvement on coverage.

Do Bundled Payments Cut COPD Readmissions?

Do Bundled Payments Cut COPD Readmissions?

No difference was noted in all-cause readmission rates in the intervention vs non-intervention groups.

Concerns Surround Cost of High-Risk Pools in US Health Care

Concerns Surround Cost of High-Risk Pools in US Health Care

Legislation proposed as part of the AHCA is not likely to lead to reduced health care costs.

Fighting Against the Supression of Science and 'False Claims'

Fighting Against the Supression of Science and 'False Claims'

"Forced to choose between recognizing what is known to science and maintaining our group identity, most of us choose the latter."

Pressure to Achieve Causing Undue Stress Among Medical Students

Pressure to Achieve Causing Undue Stress Among Medical Students

Such measures will be unsuccessful in improving students' mental health if how performance and achievement are measured at the school is not also changed.

Why I Have a Problem With Preoperative "Clearance"

Why I Have a Problem With Preoperative "Clearance"

The term clearance implies that a patient can proceed with surgery and will have no risk for complications — which is a fictional state.

Potential Conflicts of Interest Between Medical Organizations and Industry

Potential Conflicts of Interest Between Medical Organizations and Industry

Approximately 83% of patient-advocacy organizations reported that they received financial support from drug, device, and technology companies.

Evidence-Based Resident Work Hour Changes Supported by Policy Experts

Evidence-Based Resident Work Hour Changes Supported by Policy Experts

"The recent ACGME rules are based on stronger evidence that ought to inform policy of such reach."

Curbside Consults Lead to Questions of Legality

Curbside Consults Lead to Questions of Legality

The answer to the question regarding legal responsibility seems to revolve around the issue of whether or not a physician-patient relationship exists.

Trump Administration Threatens Current Vaccination System

Trump Administration Threatens Current Vaccination System

"It is foreseeable that in the coming weeks, challenges to our vaccination system will come from three directions at once."

Q&A: A Discussion of Sexism in Medicine

Q&A: A Discussion of Sexism in Medicine

Personal opinion and examples of sexism experienced by Elise Barney, DO

Medical Malpractice Reform: Is Now the Right Time?

Medical Malpractice Reform: Is Now the Right Time?

Medical malpractice reform should focus on cost, access, and imprecision of the system, according to experts.

Medical Product Marketing Language Guidance From FDA

Medical Product Marketing Language Guidance From FDA

In the guidance documents, the FDA advised against using any marketing language that may be "misleading" or has potential to cause patient harm.

Is Smoking Cessation Therapy Coverage Affected by Medicaid Policies?

Is Smoking Cessation Therapy Coverage Affected by Medicaid Policies?

Policies requiring patients to attend counseling in before receiving smoking cessation medications negatively affect use of these medications.

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