Spirometry may be underused for the diagnosis and monitoring of asthma in the primary care setting.
Rural areas have a significantly higher prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
During a 10-year period, there was an increase in the rate of commercially insured patients receiving infused chemotherapy in hospital outpatient departments.
Although adherence to asthma guidelines tended to be higher in specialists, both specialists and primary care physicians had low adherence to specific core recommendations.
Many physicians are concerned about using electronic health records, noting that they were designed for a fee-for-service healthcare model and do not capture information needed to report for alternative payment models.
From 2016 to 2017, the health care industry saw a rise in the likelihood of cyberattacks, due to the industry's low preparedness levels and valuable confidential data.
Every year, suicide takes the lives of close to 400 physicians, and takes medical care from as many as 1 million patients.
Prior authorizations for medications and diagnostic imaging continue to be a source of frustration for providers.
A long-feared shortage of a substance used in millions of medical imaging procedures each year in the United States appears to have been avoided.
Medical journals should require article authors to include conflict-of-interest statements as a way to enhance transparency.
Researchers conducted an anonymous survey of medical trainees with a case vignette to determine attitudes regarding palliative care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Physician-hospital consolidation may increase with 340B drug pricing program participation.
Patient, practice, and provider characteristics are associated with inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing in the outpatient setting.
Patients who received provider-ordered influenza testing were more likely to be younger and present with fever and "influenza-like illness."
Patient reminder and recall systems seem to be effective for improving receipt of immunizations.
Providers who give patients their e-mail addresses have higher satisfaction, but this does not appear to affect patient satisfaction.
Researchers continue to be the targets of legal action from pharmaceutical, medical device, and nutraceutical companies when their studies frame products in an unfavorable light.
The FDA announced a new enforcement strategy to regulate drug products labeled as homeopathic.
Evaluating the pros and cons of defensive medicine, the practice of recommending tests or treatments for the purpose of avoiding or mitigating litigation.
Evaluating the difference between unconscious and conscious problem solving in medicine.
Evaluating the benefits of wearable fitness technology.
Evaluating the use of computerized decision support systems in medical practice.
Healthcare professionals must be well versed in law and institutional policy when complying with law enforcement demands for evidence from patients.
Educational campaigns regarding the value of vaccines should integrate social psychological considerations with health communication principles.
Evaluating clinician bias in clinical research.
Evaluating contributing factors to healthcare inequality in the United States.
Clinical trial research is set to comply with a new code of ethics in 2018.
Patient satisfaction was reportedly worse when clinicians denied certain requests.
Frequent discrepancies between the electronic discharge summaries and the discharge prescriptions were found at a regional hospital in Australia.
Post-discharge symptoms self-reported by frail, elderly adults may predict 30-day hospital readmission visits.
At a research seminar held by the European Respiratory Society in February 2017, a group of investigators discussed how precision medicine may improve treatment in asthma and COPD.
Evaluating US physician salaries and their effect on rising healthcare costs.
Almost 30% of eligible practices failed to register and report data in the first year of the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program.
Integrating clinical pharmacists into primary care medical home practices helps patients achieve better disease management for high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus.
Healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016 compared to faster growth in 2014 and 2015.
The ability of machine learning programs to diagnose medical conditions and predict outcomes is discussed in an opinion article.
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.
The AHA has released their concerns about the Republican tax reform bill.
17% of websites provide geographically relevant health care price estimates.
Improvements in cancer survival were limited to patients with private insurance, from 1997-2014.
About 50 employees have been fired from Essentia Health, a Duluth, Minnesota-based hospital chain, for refusing to receive the flu vaccination.
Spouses of female physicians are typically more educated and work more than spouses of male physicians.
Physicians who are experiencing burnout are more than twice as likely to leave their organization within 2 years.
Three of 13 attributes identified had the highest potential for reduced spending without compromising care.
Interventions to target healthcare professional-associated influenza transmission, intervention may be necessary to prevent transmission.
The primary endpoint was to develop a user friendly checklist to identify trustworthy, relevant, and useful practice guidelines.
Text messaging may be an effective way to increase the rate of influenza vaccination.
More asthma clinical trials will include patient-reported outcomes as they will help guide clinicians' understanding of their patients' disease.
Patients cared for by own primary care physician have longer length of stay, lower 30-day mortality
Study results stress the importance of a multiethnic support system for patients needing to overcome communication barriers.
Further research is needed, but the position statement authors support the use of telemedicine as a method of health care delivery.
Many physicians report that they would prefer to work part time as part of their ideal retirement plans.
Researchers have proposed 6 metrics to measure electronic health record use.
An online survey of 500 practicing female physicians indicated pay inequality and contract negotiation were top issues.
The majority of healthcare workers receive an influenza vaccination, but more pregnant women should be vaccinated.
Of the more than 2500 adults surveyed, 21% reported personally experiencing a medical error.
Red flags for embezzlement in medical practices include secretive behavior, sudden displays of wealth, and refusal to take vacations.
Concierge medicine provides patients with medical care services that is not covered by their health insurance.
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.
Self-prescribed apricot kernel extract was administered daily for 5 years by the patient.
A retrospective study of lung cancer clinical trials found that trials continue to increase their eligibility criteria, creating barriers to patient access.
Considered low-hanging fruit by hackers, the health care sector is particularly vulnerable to attack.
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.
Approving high-risk medical device modifications and granting accelerated drug approval requires high-quality evidence.
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.
The adoption of access standards does not improve access to specialist care among patients participating in Medicaid manage care.
Researchers analyzed data from hospitalized Medicare patients with acute MI, heart failure, or pneumonia between 2008 and 2014.
A recent AMA report highlighted the efficacy of the ICARE method for reducing clinician burnout.
About 20 million people gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Medical devices such as thermometers and pacemakers are regulated differently than pharmaceuticals in the US.
Pharmaceutical research has made vast improvements in genetic studies and patient-targeted therapies.
Reseachers analyzed hospitalized patients between 2011 and 2014.
Infections, including lower respiratory infections, are often over- or underdiagnosed in older adults in emergency departments.
Serum samples, spirometry, and questionnaire data were used to assess the relationship between respiratory function and reproductive health.
Informed consent is known to obe ethically essential in most medical research, despite it being a new concept for the US.
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.
Medicaid expansion under the American Care Act decreased uninsurance rates but patient care lacks improvement on coverage.
No difference was noted in all-cause readmission rates in the intervention vs non-intervention groups.
Legislation proposed as part of the AHCA is not likely to lead to reduced health care costs.
"Forced to choose between recognizing what is known to science and maintaining our group identity, most of us choose the latter."
Such measures will be unsuccessful in improving students' mental health if how performance and achievement are measured at the school is not also changed.
The term clearance implies that a patient can proceed with surgery and will have no risk for complications — which is a fictional state.
Approximately 83% of patient-advocacy organizations reported that they received financial support from drug, device, and technology companies.
"The recent ACGME rules are based on stronger evidence that ought to inform policy of such reach."
The answer to the question regarding legal responsibility seems to revolve around the issue of whether or not a physician-patient relationship exists.
"It is foreseeable that in the coming weeks, challenges to our vaccination system will come from three directions at once."
Personal opinion and examples of sexism experienced by Elise Barney, DO
Medical malpractice reform should focus on cost, access, and imprecision of the system, according to experts.
In the guidance documents, the FDA advised against using any marketing language that may be "misleading" or has potential to cause patient harm.
Policies requiring patients to attend counseling in before receiving smoking cessation medications negatively affect use of these medications.