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A Few Bad Apples: Managing Malpractice Claims

A Few Bad Apples: Managing Malpractice Claims

Ranking or otherwise gauging physician quality isn't just a way to assign bragging rights — performance metrics can be used to set reimbursement levels, tailor insurance, and identify physicians who are falling behind.

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Clinical Trials in PAH: Interpreting Risk Reduction With Caution

Clinical Trials in PAH: Interpreting Risk Reduction With Caution

Researchers raise issues regarding interpretation of clinical trial results in the field of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

USPSTF Does Not Recommend Electrocardiography Screening in Low-Risk CVD

USPSTF Does Not Recommend Electrocardiography Screening in Low-Risk CVD

The United States Preventive Services Task Force does not recommend screening with resting or exercise electrocardiography in asymptomatic individuals at low risk for cardiovascular disease events.

ACP Outlines Steps to Improve Women's Healthcare Equity

ACP Outlines Steps to Improve Women's Healthcare Equity

The American College of Physicians has released 7 position statements supporting equality in healthcare for women.

Pediatric Asthma Outcomes With Physician Cultural Communication Training

Pediatric Asthma Outcomes With Physician Cultural Communication Training

Physician asthma care education Plus training resulted in improvements in provider confidence, perceived skill in communicating cross culturally, and short-term asthma-specific outcomes.

Asthma Care Program Improves Provider Documentation, Clinical Measures

Asthma Care Program Improves Provider Documentation, Clinical Measures

An asthma care program improved implementation of guidelines as well as provider documentation in 65 community centers in 4 states that serve patients with asthma.

April 28 Is Drug Take Back Day

April 28 Is Drug Take Back Day

April 28, 2018 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

ACP: Position Paper Recommends Solutions to Close Gender Equity Gap

ACP: Position Paper Recommends Solutions to Close Gender Equity Gap

While overall gender diversity has improved in the healthcare profession, female physicians are still paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

Why is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

Why is #MeToo Missing From Medical Schools?

As the #MeToo movement has gained strength, reports of sexual harassment at medical schools have mostly remained stagnant.

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

Paracetamol Overuse During Cold and Flu Season

During the cold and flu season, the use and over-dosing of paracetamol is common, and may partially be driven by higher use of over-the-counter combination medications for the treatment of upper respiratory cold/flu symptoms.

Meeting Patients' Expectations for Asthma, Allergy Testing Improves Satisfaction

Meeting Patients' Expectations for Asthma, Allergy Testing Improves Satisfaction

When patients visiting an allergy/immunology outpatient clinic had expectations met regarding diagnosis and testing, they were more likely to be satisfied with their visit.

Asthma in Primary Care: Spirometry Underused in Diagnosis

Asthma in Primary Care: Spirometry Underused in Diagnosis

Spirometry may be underused for the diagnosis and monitoring of asthma in the primary care setting.

Asthma Guideline Adherence: Improvement Needed in Both Specialists, PCPs

Asthma Guideline Adherence: Improvement Needed in Both Specialists, PCPs

Although adherence to asthma guidelines tended to be higher in specialists, both specialists and primary care physicians had low adherence to specific core recommendations.

Prior Authorization for Medication, Procedures a Source of Frustration

Prior Authorization for Medication, Procedures a Source of Frustration

Prior authorizations for medications and diagnostic imaging continue to be a source of frustration for providers.

Medical Journals Should Require Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures

Medical Journals Should Require Conflict-of-Interest Disclosures

Medical journals should require article authors to include conflict-of-interest statements as a way to enhance transparency.

Physician-Hospital Consolidation May Increase With 340B Drug Pricing Program Participation

Physician-Hospital Consolidation May Increase With 340B Drug Pricing Program Participation

Physician-hospital consolidation may increase with 340B drug pricing program participation.

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

Influenza Testing Ordered Less Often in Older Hospitalized Adults

Patients who received provider-ordered influenza testing were more likely to be younger and present with fever and "influenza-like illness."

Researchers Publishing "Unfavorable" Results May Face Legal Action From Pharmaceutical Companies

Researchers Publishing "Unfavorable" Results May Face Legal Action From Pharmaceutical Companies

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.

Homeopathic Products Will Undergo New FDA Regulations

Homeopathic Products Will Undergo New FDA Regulations

The FDA announced a new enforcement strategy to regulate drug products labeled as homeopathic.

Complying With Law Enforcement While Also Protecting Patient Rights

Complying With Law Enforcement While Also Protecting Patient Rights

Healthcare professionals must be well versed in law and institutional policy when complying with law enforcement demands for evidence from patients.

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